The Arteriors wooden bar stools have thin cast iron legs and a wooden seat with hand-carved detailing. The swivel seat allows the user to adjust the height depending on the height of the counter.
A backrest tends to be more comfortable. If your bar stool is in an area you’d like people to stop and stay awhile, this is definitely an option to consider. Just because a bar stool is designed without a back doesn’t mean it will lack comfort. Plus, stools without a back can be space-savers, tucking neatly under the countertop.
The last element to take into consideration before purchasing kitchen counter stools is the style. Some designs have seat back, others don’t, some have armrests as opposed to others which are simple plus other distinctions such as between swivel and non-swivel stools, upholstered and non-upholstered models, adjustable and stationery designs, etc.
Of course, before any of that you should decide whether or not counter-height chairs are the best choice for your home. To help you decide, let’s made a quick comparison between standard and counter-height stools and the tables that match them. Standard tables are the most common and this means they come in a large variety of sizes, designs and finishes so it would be easier to find something you like in this category. Also, because standard-height tables are so common, people are more used with them and thus find them more comfortable. Another argument in their favor is the fact that they’re better for disabled people.
Bar stools are really versatile and often preferred for spaces such as the kitchen. But did you know there’s more than one type of bar stool? In fact there are four. The short or table-height stools are anywhere between 16” to 23” tall and they’re a good alternative to the standard dining chairs. You can safely use them for the breakfast nook.
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.
When you think metal stool, these vintage chairs might come to mind. Thankfully they make them in bar stool height for farmhouse kitchens and industrial styling. Speaking of industrial, there are some really good industrial style bar stools like this black beauty. It’s iron features will blend seamlessly with the other black accents you have in your home.
This Tolix replica stool may differ a bit from the original but it definitely keeps the beauty and elegance intact. It offers a simple and affordable way to add a bit of industrial character to a kitchen, basement or living space.
After going through two styles dominated by rough designs and rather bland colors we now redirect our attention towards the mid-century modern designs which incorporate a little bit more colors, bold shades as well as more delicate and subtle looks. They maintain a timeless design and have a classical allure but they also tend to be more graphical and modern. When talking about bar stools, this translates as sleek and simplistic creations often featuring dynamic colors in order to become a focal point in the overall décor.
Then there’s also the bar height stools. They work well with bars and counter tops that are between 41” and 43” tall. They are typically used in restaurants and bars and they are taller than the average dining chair. There’s also a fourth category of extra tall bar stools which suit counters and bars that are 44” to 47” tall.
Some bar stool designs are more suitable for small spaces than others. A good example is the Lucy counter stool which, with its sleek and versatile design can seamlessly integrate in small kitchens as well as in other areas where space is limited.
The Century chair by Marcel Wanders is produced in two versions: a lounge armchair and a dining chair. Both versions are equally elegant, with black, sculptural feet that bend backward and a short and classy backrest.
Wood, plastic, fiberglass. What your bar stool seat is made of can be anything, really. Not that this fact makes your decision any easier. But if you’re stuck, think about practicality if you want to be able to wipe it clean, something non-upholstered might be the way to go.