Selecting Bar and Counter Stools

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Counter and Bar Stools

If you are looking for new bar or counter stools, it is important to provide yourself with a base line of understanding about them before shopping. A little extra knowledge and measuring before making your purchase will usually make the difference between being happy or regretful.

The difference between bar and counter stools is that bar stools are made to be used at bars and bar height tables, and counter stools are made to be used at counters and counter height tables. Bar stools have a seat height of approx. 30" and are meant to be used at bar surfaces 40-43" off the floor. Counter stools have a seat height of 24-26" and are meant to be used at counter surfaces 34-36" off the floor. Ideally, you leave about 12" of space between the seat of the stool and its corresponding table, bar or counter surface.


The first step in selecting any furniture is to measure the space it is going to be placed in. In the case of selecting bar or counter stools, pay close attention to the height of the bar, counter or table, and to the available amount of lateral space underneath. In addition to needing the 12" of space between the stool seat and the table top, you will also need about 28" distance between the center of each stool. If there is a wall or side surface at the end of the bar or counter top, leave 14" between it and the last stool on the end.

At this point, you should be able to determine if you want bar or counter stools for your space - or something in between in some cases. Adjustable height stools are available for getting the right height at uniquely sized bars, counters and tables.


After figuring out your space requirements, consider the style of interior you want to create. Are you looking for an ultra-modern, minimalist style, or a warm, transitional look? What role, visually, do you want the stools to play? Are you trying to get a stool that blends with its environment, or to provide a pop of color and style that makes it stand out? Try to resolve any stylistic questions you have before you start to pick out a specific bar or counter stool.


Finally, pay close attention to the finishes in the space you are putting the stools in. You will want to consider what finishes you want to match with in the space. Take a close look at the available finishes for the stools you are considering and make sure they are going to mesh and blend with the finishes in that space the way you would like them.

Once you have considered dimensions, styles and finishes, you are ready to look at specific stools and let your intuition and personal preference take over. Be sure to pick something you are excited about in addition to something that works for your needs.

Afro-SG Adjustable Contemporary Stool

Afro-SG Adjustable Stool

The Afro-SG Adjustable Stool, by Domitalia, is a simple, modern swivel bar stool with adjustable
height versatility. It can be used at both bar height and counter height surfaces. It has a chrome
base and polyurethane seat + back.

Crystal Contemporary Bar + Counter Stool

Crystal Wood Stool

The Crystal Wood Stool, by Amisco, is available in both bar and counter heights. It is an
industrial style swivel stool with a sturdy steel frame and a wood seat. Amisco stools are made in
Canada with North American steel.

School Contemporary Counter Stool

School Counter Stool

The School Counter Stool, by Gus* Modern, is also available in a walnut finish. It has an
industrial aesthetic inspired by the classic elementary school chair design. It features a bent
plywood back and seat and black powder coated steel frame and base. Its legs are capped
to protect hardwood floors.

Soft SG Contemporary Adjustable Stool

Soft-SG Adjustable Stool

The Soft-SG Adjustable Stool, by Domitalia, is a retro styled stool with height adjustable
versatility. It has a swivel seat, built in footrest, polyurethane seat and steel base.

Stanley Contemporary Counter Stool

Stanley Counter Stool

The Stanley Counter Stool, by Gus* Modern, is a minimalist style counter height stool with a
natural ash seat and stainless steel base. Its seat is constructed with FSC-Certified hardwood,
sourced from responsibly managed forests.

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