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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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Featured Reviews of Bar Stools and Counter Stools

Aero Industrial Bar Stool
Bar Stools and Counter Stools
Feb 12, 2016
Good price with quality to back it up!: I ordered 3 stools for my kitchen island and have to say they are nicer in person than in the picture. They arrived when they were supposed to, well packaged and requiring no assembly. It's just the look I was going for and they are very sturdy as well. Very good price for value, and has the quality to back it up. I'll be back again!
Augusta Swivel Stool, 24", Cappuccino
Bar Stools and Counter Stools
Dec 10, 2016
table and chairs: I purchased the table and chairs separately. Although the cherry finish is not exact, they go together well and are very solid. Both the table and stools were easy to put together. Looks very high-end. I'd recommend to others.
Varville Backless Barstool Storm Gray by Kosas Home
Bar Stools and Counter Stools
Dec 19, 2017
Beautiful Navy: These bar stools arrived assembled, are the perfect height to place under the counter and are a beautiful shade of navy so in that respect they are perfect. My 6'4" husband says they are not wide enough for him though, so if your family is on tall/wide side, these probably aren't for you.
Acme Lewis Counter Height Stools, Set of 2, White PU and Espresso
Bar Stools and Counter Stools
Jun 20, 2017
The picture is what I expected.: I love these new bar stools. The style of it fit right into my kitchen. The studs look nice but some are uneven. They're comfortable too. The foam or padding that is used not sure how long that'll last because after a while they seemed sunken after sitting on them but then went back to their normal shape. Following the instructions was fairly easy using the tools it came with. Although a little tiring due to having to tighten it using an l-wrench. The foot rest was the hard part to tighten and I couldn't get it to align with the legs. Also there were few dinges on the legs but I kept them either way.
Pennie 30" Counter Stool
Bar Stools and Counter Stools
Mar 19, 2017
Love it but...: Great stool, but only ordered one to make sure we liked it. Now (less than a week later), it's saying that the stool is no longer available, so we aren't able to get a matching set of four. This lone stool is going back. :(
Industrial Cast Iron and Steel Adjustable Tractor Stool
Bar Stools and Counter Stools
Apr 6, 2018
great price good stool: cant beat this one.. I live on a ranch so its a shoe in for this sort of stuff- but a lot at this price is cheap garbage this is not made strong so some of my fat ass friends can actually sit on it.
Augusta Swivel Stool, Cappuccino, 29"
Bar Stools and Counter Stools
Oct 16, 2016
Very Pleased!: This was the first order I received from Houzz and I am very happy with these stools! I was worried about how comfortable they would be ordering online, but they have some cushion! I love the smooth swivel and they are the perfect height for our bar. They took a little bit of time to assemble. They look exactly like the picture!
Butterfly Adjustable Swivel Barstool, Black
Bar Stools and Counter Stools
Mar 1, 2017
Nice mid-century mod classic stool: I searched high and low for a stool that both my husband and I can agree on and didn't cost a million dollars. This stool exceeded my expectations. I've gotten so many compliments on it. I also love the fact that there's a short back and low arm rests, and the height is adjustable.
Boyd Faux Leather Adjustable Bar Stools, Set of 2, Black
Bar Stools and Counter Stools
Aug 23, 2018
Style for your bar.: These stools look good and are well built. The upholstery is high quality with a hard plastic molded one piece seat and back. The seat is well connected to the base with Allen bolts. The pneumatic mechanism raises and lowers the seat with ease. The foot rest rotates with the seat so there is always somewhere to put your feet. My husband is a pretty big guy and has been able to use them although he complains that they could be a little wider. Generally they are comfortable as he sits on it regularly. The stools are high quality.
Edie Wood and Brass Bar Stool
Bar Stools and Counter Stools
Jan 31, 2019
Minimalist and high class: The satin finish on the base is to die for! It gives off such a luxe feel. And not only does the stool look pretty, its footrest means that it has comfort in mind, too. You can totally tell that it's the work of artisans with little details like that. I give it an A+!

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