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Helpful Hints for Buying Counter Stools


Counter stools are becoming a popular choice as lives get busier and living spaces become smaller and more compact. Counter stools are the perfect choice to stash underneath a counter overhang, creating a seating area that is accessible when needed and easy to tuck out of the way. As demand grows, so does Cymax’s extensive range of counters stools. That’s why we have put together these helpful hints to make it easier for you to select counter stools that will be the right height and style for your home.






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Sizes and Types of Counter Stools


Counter stools are typically 24" to 27" in height (measured from seat to floor) and are intended for use with counters or counter height tables that are around 36” high. Keep in mind that you always want at least 10” clearance between the top of the stool and the bottom of the table, to allow room for legs. Counter stools are typically used with kitchen islands, breakfast bars, counters and gathering tables.


Keep in mind that there is no industry standard for measuring or listing the height of a counter stool. Manufacturers generally measure the stool’s height in one of two ways: the distance from the seat to the floor or the distance from the top of the back of the chair to the floor. Be sure to check individual product descriptions. Make sure you also measure your own counter from the top to the floor. If the counter juts out, measure the counter's height to the bottom of the overhang.



Swivel Counter Stool

Swivel counter stools are practical and convenient, especially if the younger members of the family will be using them on a regular basis. They allow freedom of movement while sitting to eat or socialize. Swivel mechanisms range from manual to gas airlift to memory return.



Counter Stools with Backs

Counter stools with backs resemble standard dining room chairs, but are typically six to eight inches higher. They are an ideal choice if you want to add comfortable seating to a dining area, living room, rec room, or family room. They are also a good choice for young children, since the back will provide additional support, preventing them from tipping backwards.



Backless Counter Stool

Backless counter stools are often considered more aesthetically pleasing, since there is no seat back to obstruct the view of the stool's overall profile. They are also ideal for spots where a back would conflict with an overhang. They are also useful for dining spaces that are in main traffic areas, since the stools can be pushed out of the way underneath the counter, table or home bar.



Adjustable Counter Stool

Adjustable height counter stools are especially useful if you want to move them from one area of your home to another for use with counters, bars and kitchen islands that vary in height. The adjusted seat heights range from 25" to 30" but be sure to check the specific model you are interested for exact dimensions.








Counter Stools Under $100

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Materials and Styles


Cymax carries everything from classic wood counter stools to upholstered counter stools to modern counter stools made from aluminum or even stainless steel. With a huge range of traditional, transitional and contemporary designs to choose from, you are bound to find home and commercial counter stools that suit your setting and your budget.


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