We haven't even touched on height options! There's bar height, whereby the seat is generally 29"-31" high, while counter height puts seats between 24" and 26". Basically, counter-height stools are best for bars the same height as your kitchen counters (35"-37"). If your bar area is taller, say 41"-43", you need a bar stool. Whew! This image illustrates the difference in height; the barstool sits beneath a higher counter, while the portion of the counter used for prepping and cleaning is a bit lower.