How to Choose a Bar Stool
There's something special about scooting up to the bar to socialize or have a meal perched just a little higher. Bar stools aren't just for the bar—pull them up to your counter or kitchen island, and even out to the patio.
To first determine the size you need, measure from the floor to the counter or the top of the surface up to which you'll pull the chair. It's important to note that the measurements of the stools themselves are taken from the floor to the top of the seat.
24-inch Stools: sometimes referred to as counter stools, are generally considered "counter-height," and are fit for use at counters and kitchen islands 36 inches tall.
30-inch Stools: referred to as tall bar stools, this style is sized specifically for higher tables and bars—around 42 inches tall.
Fixed: ideal for chairs used only for sitting at the counter for drinking, eating and relaxing.
Swivel: versatile seat position allows for easy turning to watch action unfold in adjacent parts of the house. Watch the TV in the family room, pool table action in the game room or kids' playtime in the sitting room or living room.
Adjustable: flexible seat height gives this style diverse use in your home—smoothly transition from use at the dining table up to the kitchen island and the tall bar.
Material, Make and Other Considerations
Wood and Metal: Both materials can work in any home, with metal adding a chic industrial look to the space and wood lending a natural, organic feel to the room. Seat cushions may be necessary with these styles for a little extra padding and added comfort.
Leather Upholstery: With an air of sophistication, leather upholstery instantly upgrades a space. Give your home bar stylish seating, or make the kitchen counter a place for fine dining.
Fabric Upholstery: plush cushioning and soft fabrics are welcoming and cozy, perfect for a light, casual kitchen or dining room setting.
Back or Backless: While backs provide more security and support, backless stools take up less space and are easily stowed under the counter or bar. Also consider the needs of those who will be using the stools the most—do you need back support? What about arms for extra comfort and usability?