Selecting the correct height bar stool can be difficult. If they are too short, you won't be able to reach the bar and if they are too high, you’ll have to slouch down - neither of which are comfortable. Here are some tips of how to choose the right style of bar stool for your home.
Calculate your Measurements
1. Measure the height of your bar or kitchen counter from the floor to the top of the bar. Measure this twice to ensure accuracy.
2. Take the measurement and subtract 10", this will be the approximate height of the ideal bar stool for you. This measurement will allow a decent amount of leg room to cross your legs etc. When purchasing, be sure to check the measurements of the stool from the feet up to the seat.
Bar Stool VS Counter Stool
Often they fall into the same category, but knowing the difference between the two is important. A bar stool is around 30" and is meant for sitting at a bar. A counter stool on the other hand is about 24" and is generally used at a kitchen counter.
A counter height stool seat will range from between 24-29 inches from the floor and are designed for kitchen counters that are about 34-39 inches in height. A bar stool seat is about 30-36 inches from the ground and are ideal for counters that are 40-46 inches from the ground.
Either way, the key is to ensure that your stool is the correct height and that you leave plenty of leg room.
How Many Bar Stools Will Fit?
The last thing you want is for your kitchen counter to look over-crowded or busy with two many bar stools squeezed in. You will need to consider how many can comfortably fit.
Make sure that there is at least 26-30″ between each bar stool. Additionally, allow 14″ from the center of the last stool to the wall. This amount of space will allow the stool users to eat, drink, and get in and out of their seat with ease.
With so many different shapes, sizes and models out there, you may want to consider these factors before selecting your new bar stools.
1. Decor: Stop for a moment and look around at your current home decor, take note of the way things are positioned and the style you already have overall. Select a stool that can blend seamlessly into your existing theme. For a more relaxed and modern look, opt for a backless bar stool. Otherwise, for a more elegant look, pick styles with a backrest in a metal or wooden finish.
2. Functionality: If you know your bar stools will cater for people for long periods of time, look at bar stools with backrests and a comfortable cushion pad, not a wooden slat.
3. Tight Spaces: Choosing a bar stool with no arms so you can store the stool under the bar when it's not in use is ideal for homes with limited space. A swivel stool can also be used as conventional seating too.
If you now have an idea of the best suited bar stools for you home, check out our bar stool range.