The staple seating choice of the kitchen, bar stools are the perfect match for islands and bars. Here’s how to find the best option for your space, from height to number of stools to seating style.
Bar stools come in four standard heights named for the seating surface they pair with. To determine which you need, simply measure the height of your tabletop.
Adjustable bar stools, outfitted with hydraulic pumps that allow you to move the seat up or down, are a flexible alternative that can transition throughout spaces and uses.
The number of stools you can fit in your seating area is determined by the amount of space you should leave between each to allow for easy maneuvering. Here are the rules:
Leave 6 inches between seats if the bar stool is 16-18 inches wide
Leave 8-10 inches between seats if the bar stool is wider than 18 inches, has arms, or swivels
Bar stools come in three standard variations based on the back height:
Backless: Easily tuck under your counter, but less comfortable the longer you sit
Low back: Short or mid-height lip for a bit of support, and tend to skew modern
Full back: Akin to dining chairs (aka the most comfortable for daily meals)
Styles with arms are available with low or full backs and often taper so the stools can be pushed in. Swivel bar stools make maneuvering in and out easy and come in all back options.
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