Once you got all measurements right, you need to decide how many stools you need. Figuring out the number is easy. You need to provide adequate spacing for people to eat, drink or socialize. A distance of around 26”-30” between the centers of the bar stools should be ideal.
Speaking of a vintage or reclaimed vibe, these Knoll stools from Steven Shell of London are fantastic. Substantial yet with an elegant touch thanks to the curved bottom of the feet, they are available in a variety of finishes. Made from premium mahogany, the stools are hand finished and have a mortise and tenon frame construction. While they might be pieces with a vintage look, they are of a quality fit for handing down over time.
Combining a metal base and a wood seat, these smart and sleek stools have an all natural design and they’re also quite versatile. Include them in rustic, modern and even industrial kitchens and their simple design (lacking a backrest and armrests) will complement the décor beautifully.
The balance in this kitchen is the result of great cooperation between all the materials, finishes and colors. The white bar stools add soft curves to the décor while the rest of the furniture maintains clean lines. The rounded seats on these bar stools are definitely just what the space needed to feel welcoming and cozy. This proves that shape is often more powerful than color when it comes to creating a unique interior design.
These stools, for example, have a backrest and a swivel base but they don’t have armrests. Their design offers them a rustic-industrial look which pairs well with the exposed brick. Traditional bar stool designs usually look something like this, although variations can also be found. It seems that these have leather-upholstered seats which offers an elegant look.
If your bar stool area is nearby other chairs, you might consider coordinating the seating throughout the space. This isn’t to say you should run out to the nearest furniture store and buy a set of identical-except-for-height chairs and stools. But you could consider keeping one style element similar for consistency, such as the wicker seats in this photo.
They can be chosen to coordinate with the countertop in which case you need to be really careful when selecting the color and material. It’s possible to have them both custom made as a set. If the counter stands between 35” and 36” high as it’s usually the case, the stools should have a seat height of 24” to 26”. These measurements differ depending on type and the height of the kitchen counter.
Fabric is definitely one of the easiest ways to bring in color and pattern into a space with bar stools. (Spaces that, typically, may be short on both of those design aspects.) Fabric bar stools tend to be comfortable and pretty, although probably the hardest to clean.
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.
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.
The Glenn bar stool from Ikea is chic and functional for a variety of reasons. It has a curved white seat and a chrome-plated frame. It’s stackable and this allows you to save some space when the stools are not in use.
Basically, the first thing you need to think about is in what space the bar stools will be going. This will provide a perfect starting point in your search. Will they be at the kitchen island and be used every day, many times a day? Or will they be tucked away in the basement kitchenette for the occasional holiday party?
Versatility is the main characteristic of the Hay About A Stool. This piece of furniture is the result of the collaboration between Hee Welling and Hay. The stool is simple, functional and able to adapt to just about any environment.
Fabric, as opposed to leather, tends to be a little bit more versatile. It comes in many different textures, not to mention the array of colors and patterns. Also, fabric is easier to work with. Fabric-upholstered furniture, in this case bar stools, make a space feel more casual and thus more comfortable and inviting. But their rusticity can be toned down by incorporating various accessories into their design or by pairing them with certain types of furniture or certain colors and materials.
At the modern end of the spectrum, a stool like this one from Worlds Away is a very stylish choice. The round brass stool has a white faux leather polyurethane upholstered seat, which makes it very easy to clean. Stylish with a touch of steampunk, this counter-height stool from Nick Alain is more like a piece of industrial art. The unique base has squared off legs, topped off with a set of five shaped spindles that hold up the beveled metal seat.