How to Choose a Bar Stool
As you begin your search, keep these bar stool dimensions in mind. Standard counter height is approximately 34”-36.” For this height, select stools that range from 23” to 27” high. On the other hand, a standard bar top is slightly higher than a counter, measuring 40” to 42” high. To sit comfortably at this level, the best bar stool height is between 28” and 33” tall. Remember, it’s best to leave roughly 10” to 13” of space between the seat of the stool and the underside of the counter. This gives guests and family members ample space to cross their legs.
Bar stools are available in a variety of shapes and materials that convey vastly different styles. If your interiors skew mid-century modern, choose wooden bar stools crafted from oak, walnut, or black ash. Or opt for a velvet- or leather-covered seat atop wooden legs.
For a minimalist interior, consider see-through ghost stools or metal bar stools rendered in polished aluminum for a sleek, high-shine finish. Plastic bar stools play well with a range of interior design styles, from Bohemian-chic to contemporary. Select a molded plastic chair atop metal or wooden legs. Don’t be afraid to mix colors and materials for a playful yet sophisticated look.
For traditional interiors, opt for a wooden bar stool with a curved back and cane seat that evokes Parisian café furnishings. If comfort is a high priority, be sure to choose bar stools with padded seats. Or consider adding cushions to bar stools that don’t feature an upholstered seat. Finally, when browsing bar height stools, select a style with a footrest so that your feet don’t dangle uncomfortably. Once you’ve chosen well-designed pieces, your kitchen bar stools just might become some of your favorite seats in the house.