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The term barstool has become an all-encompassing phrase for stools of all heights. However, it is most appropriate for counter height bar stools (24-26 inches) and bar height stools (28-32 inches). It's important to be sure to buy the right bar stool height for your home. Height differences in typical kitchen counters, breakfast nooks, kitchen islands, pub tables and home bars can vary slightly. Here are some helpful hints to make it easier for you to select bar stools that will be just right for your setting.

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Bar Stool Height

Once you decide where the stools will be placed, measure the height of the bar or counter from top to floor. Find a stool that offers 10 to 12 inches clearance to allow room for legs. Be sure to check individual product descriptions for more information. Generally speaking:

  • Counter height bar stools are perfect for kitchen counters, kitchen islands, breakfast counters and gathering tables (also known as counter-height dining tables).

  • Bar height bar stools for pub tables, home bars and counters that are taller than standard height counters.

Note that manufacturers usually measure barstool height in one of two ways: either by measuring the distance from the floor to the top of the seat or to the top of the chair back. Since there is no industry standard, you will need to do your homework.

Bar Stool Construction

Think about who will be using the bar stools. If they are for children, go for bar stools that are sturdy, durable and able to take a bit of a beating. You might also like to consider choosing a design with a backrest to reduce the risk of falling. If the stools for adults, you will be less restricted. Select something more ornate - the sky is the limit.

Consider the main construction material you want for your barstools. Would you like counter height wood bar stools to match your gathering table? Or are you looking for bar height metal bar stools in a sleek chrome finish to complement your modern home bar? Choose upholstered leather bar stools for a sophisticated look.

Bar Stool Features

Because counter height bar stools and bar height bar stools are available with a number of features in a variety of combinations, you should think about the features you want your bar stools to have before you begin searching.

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Building a bar at home is an exciting addition for anyone who loves to entertain. Having friends over to share your favorite cocktails and pleasant conversation is all the more enjoyable when the atmosphere is right. When you choose the right kind of bar stool to complete the look, you’ll be proud to welcome guests for a night of lively fun.

Bar stools can coordinate with the built-in bar island or table you already have, or you can purchase a table and bar stool set. Selecting a pub set or bar furniture with a large table can be a great starting point for your home bar. The styles in sets and stools can give you a look that matches both your taste and décor. With or without cushions, made from wood or metal, bar stools are as varied as a bartending book.

If bar stools sound right for you, the array of shapes, sizes, colors, and design influences will surely meet your needs. If you’re picturing traditional wood, you’ll be pleased at what you find online. If your taste is modern or minimalist, you’ll still have a great selection of bar furniture in sleek black lines with artistic concepts.

Bar Stool Chairs

If you’ll spend lots of time on your bar stools, look for chair models with the back support to make them more comfortable. You may want a chair style regardless if you have back problems or if you simply prefer the look. You won’t be disappointed in the selection of metal and wood chairs at bar height.

Bar Stools for Your Kitchen

Your typical bar height (28 - 32) inches, will apply to many kitchen islands as well. Bar stools are popular in kitchens today as more homeowners prefer to entertain in food preparation space when friends visit. Even during dinner parties, having bar stools in your kitchen is handy if you need a sophisticated space for extra guests.

Commercial Bar Stool Choices

If you’re shopping for a restaurant, bistro, coffee shop, pub, or other food service establishment, bar stools are ideal if you have an island or bar. If you have bar height tables or counters, you’ll need bar stools or bar chairs to go with them.

In restaurants where guests may want to wait at your bar and enjoy a cocktail before their group arrives or simply grab a quick bite or beverage,you’ll want comfortable bar stools. Ensure that your customers are comfortable, and they’re more likely to order a bit more.

Budget-friendly Bar Stools

You won’t have to spend a lot to add bar stools to your basement, kitchen, or any room you have a bar height counter. Basic, backless wood bar stool designs come in many finishes, with very reasonable price tags. To save even more, look for a bar stool set and products with free shipping.

The versatility of bar stools makes them a great addition to your home, regardless of where you might place them. Whether you choose basic or lavish styles, or somewhere in between, buying online provides a great combination of selection and price. You’ll move from the computer chair to a seat at your home bar in just a few steps.

Typical features include:

Backrests: Added support. Particularly important if you will be sitting in your barstools for long periods of time.

Armrests: Provide a place for a person to rest their arms in a comfortable position.

Footrests: Make sitting more comfortable, especially for tall bar stools.

Swivel bar stools: Practical because they allow the person sitting in them freedom of movement.