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Bar Stools and Counter Stools

A bar stool is a versatile seating option that can add character, color and texture to a kitchen or home bar — or simply offer a comfortable place to sit. Choosing one that fits your design and space can be difficult, so use our handy tips before you shop our collection of counter stools and bar stools for sale:

How do I choose the right height for my bar stools?


Pay close attention to the height of various bar chairs. They may not all provide enough legroom for you to sit comfortably and the last thing you want is a stool that has you cramming your legs under the counter. You’ll want to aim for about nine to 13 inches between stool seat and countertop. To make things even easier, we’ve created a handy bar stool height guide, so you can find the right kitchen stools for your counter:

  • Table Height: 18 to 23 inches from floor to seat. These can accommodate a dining table of 28 to 30 inches and they’re a great alternative to traditional dining chairs.

  • Counter Height: 24 to 27 inches from floor to seat. Counter-height stools fit beneath a surface that’s 36 to 39 inches high. Note: They’re smaller than a typical bar or restaurant stool.

  • Standard Bar Height: 28 to 32 inches from floor to seat. These are a perfect fit for a 40- to 42-inch-tall bar table or countertop.

  • Extra Tall: 33 to 36 inches from floor to seat. Get a spectator’s view from a counter that’s 44 to 47 inches high.

You should also keep in mind the space around your bar stool. Six inches between each stool is optimal for socializing and eating, but if your dream bar or kitchen has swivel bar stools or counter stools with arms, you’ll want to space stools farther apart.

What style of bar stool is best for my counter or bar?


Have a look around your kitchen or bar and decide if you want your new stools to stand out or blend in with the color, style or materials already present. Backless bar stools are a great choice in narrow kitchens because they can be tucked out of the way under an island’s overhang. If your seating is the pièce de résistance to your dining area, look for easy-to-clean materials like wood, metal or leather bar stools.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match either. For example, metal bar stools add a taste of trendy industrial style to rustic kitchens while wooden bar stools warm up modern, high-gloss home bars. Similarly, white bar stools brighten dark spaces while black bar stools anchor all-white designs. Whichever look you’re going for, you’ll find a wide variety of bar furniture on Houzz in all the sizes, styles and colors you want and need.
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