There are several different types of stools which could be used in combination with a kitchen island. Some have a classic or traditional design, with a simple wooden frame and an upholstered seat. Others are quirky with frames make of baseball bats and customized in all sorts of ways. In these cases they’re usually handcrafted and made to order which ensures that each piece is unique.
The sleek frame of the Zuo Modern Criss Cross counter chair combined with its comfortable and elegant seat form the perfect combination for modern home bars and kitchen island counters. It features integrated footrests and criss-crossed back straps, a detail that gave the stool its name.
You’ll want to measure your counter height and make sure there is enough space between the bar stool seat and the bottom of the counter. A 10”-12” difference is recommended for optimum comfort and functionality.
We’re now going to step away from all the different styles and talk a little about suspended bar stools. They don’t exactly fit in a particular style because they can have all sorts of designs and yet their defining feature will be the fact that they’re suspended. It’s a characteristic that can be applied to modern and contemporary furniture but also to traditional and even rustic or industrial pieces. One of the defining characteristics of these pieces is the fact they they are space-saving and very functional.
The same quirky white bar stool is featured in a modern setting, accompanying a fresh and cheerful kitchen decorated in tones of white, steel and with a few strong green and red accents.
The Napoleon is a backless bar stool with an antique white finish and a rather traditional design. It’s the type of bar stool that can integrate well in traditional and Scandinavian interiors. This farmhouse kitchen is another lovely option.
Bar stools are a practical way to add style and functionality to an open floor plan, a kitchen, a basement and a variety of other spaces. However, choosing the right type of bar stool is a challenging experience that has to do with a variety of details.
When both the bar stools and the bar are black, the result can turn out quite unimpressive. However, that’s not the case here because the stools definitely stand out. That’s due to their ornate design and the drama they add to the décor.
Another type is the counter-height stool which is the one we’re more interested in. These stools are smaller than the ones used in bars and restaurants and they’re the best for kitchen islands. They measure between 24” and 27” in height. Then there’s also the bar-height stool which is the same one you see in bars. These can be used for standard built-in bars and have a height of 28” to 33”. The fourth type is the extra tall stool which is somewhere between 33” and 36” tall. In its case the name pretty much speaks for itself.
The same shape of base with an upcycled metal seat makes for a rustic bar stool that would still be an appropriate addition to a modern space. The colored seats are perfect for mixing and matching. Round bar stools can take on a retro feel when they are outfitted with an old-fashioned seat, foot rail and pedestal base. These were found at Finch, in Hudson, New York. The vintage look would fit well at a traditional style bar or at a rustic or modern kitchen counter.
Looking for bar stools that are a little more straight forward? With no nonsense squares like these, they’ll fit in small corners and can be pushed away under the table when you’re done using them. Available on Amazon.
Similarly simple but with a different kind of charm is the Posa bar stool from Vincent Sheppard. It’s part of the Butterfly collection and has rattan upholstery which offers it a casual and comfortable look. It comes in 28 standard finishes but we prefer the black version. It just looks right this way.
When you’ve got little people around the house, you really need a bar stool that will make things easy and safe for them. These metal stools provide a step up for little legs and a high back for safe sitting. Plus those microfiber seats will be easy for you to clean at the end of the day.