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Bar Stools Buying Guide

Bar Stools: Finding the Right Design

The term barstool has become an all-encompassing phrase for stools of all heights. However, it is most appropriate for counter height bar stools (24-26 inches) and bar height stools (28-32 inches). It's important to be sure to buy the right bar stool height for your home. Height differences in typical kitchen counters, breakfast nooks, kitchen islands, pub tables and home bars can vary slightly. Here are some helpful hints to make it easier for you to select bar stools that will be just right for your setting.

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Bar Stool Height

Once you decide where the stools will be placed, measure the height of the bar or counter from top to floor. Find a stool that offers 10 to 12 inches clearance to allow room for legs. Be sure to check individual product descriptions for more information. Generally speaking:

  • Counter height bar stools are perfect for kitchen counters, kitchen islands, breakfast counters and gathering tables (also known as counter-height dining tables).

  • Bar height bar stools for pub tables, home bars and counters that are taller than standard height counters.

Note that manufacturers usually measure barstool height in one of two ways: either by measuring the distance from the floor to the top of the seat or to the top of the chair back. Since there is no industry standard, you will need to do your homework.

Bar Stool Construction

Think about who will be using the bar stools. If they are for children, go for bar stools that are sturdy, durable and able to take a bit of a beating. You might also like to consider choosing a design with a backrest to reduce the risk of falling. If the stools for adults, you will be less restricted. Select something more ornate - the sky is the limit.

Consider the main construction material you want for your barstools. Would you like counter height wood bar stools to match your gathering table? Or are you looking for bar height metal bar stools in a sleek chrome finish to complement your modern home bar? Choose upholstered leather bar stools for a sophisticated look.

Bar Stool Features

Because counter height bar stools and bar height bar stools are available with a number of features in a variety of combinations, you should think about the features you want your bar stools to have before you begin searching.

Typical features include:

Backrests: Added support. Particularly important if you will be sitting in your barstools for long periods of time.

Armrests: Provide a place for a person to rest their arms in a comfortable position.

Footrests: Make sitting more comfortable, especially for tall bar stools.

Swivel bar stools: Practical because they allow the person sitting in them freedom of movement.

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