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Bar stools and counter stools offer a comfortable seating option for kitchen counter areas, pub tables and dining rooms.
They come in a wide range of styles and looks, from traditional bar stool models to contemporary bar stool designs.
Check out our YouTube channel video that explains the difference between a bar and counter height stool, then read on for more information:
Bar stools and counter stools are often talked about as if they were the same thing, but they actually refer to two different sizes of stools.
Bar stools generally have seat heights that are around 30 inches high (29 to 31 inches as a rule) in order to fit under table tops with a height of 40 to 42 inches.
Counter stools have a seat height of 24 to 26 inches high for table surfaces that are 36 inches high. Pair counter-height bar stools with 35 to 37-inch high tables.
We recommend measuring the height of your counter or table before ordering.
Once you know your surface height, you can narrow your product search to either bar height or counter height models.
For extra tall table or counter surfaces you’ll either need an adjustable bar stool design that can accommodate your need or an extra-tall bar stool.
These have seat heights of 33 to 36 inches and will work with tables 44 to 47 inches high.
Of course, these bar and counter heights may exist only in a perfect world. Your own table or counter height may be higher or lower than the norm.
For these variations, adjustable bar stools may be best.
This type of barstool has a seat mounted on an a hydraulic column.
At the touch of a lever you can change the seat height, a great plus for smaller children or when trying to accommodate guests of varying heights.
The answer to how many stools you’ll need depends on how big a counter space you have and how many guests you are trying to make room for.
The hospitality industry standard is to allow for 26 to 30 inches between the centers of each bar stool.
Allow 15 inches from the end of the counter, then measure 26 to 30 inches from the center of the first stool to see where the second will be placed.
Aside from adjustable barstools and counter stools, there are other options and features you might want to consider before you buy.
Armless bar stools allow for easier access and offer a more modern, streamlined look.
Swivel stools have a seat that rotates, allowing guests to easily sit and exit the counter areas.
Like armless barstool designs, backless stools offer easier access and a contemporary look. For a more traditional bar setting, or for greater comfort, a stool with a back and arms may be more appropriate.
You might also want to look at different materials, such as metal bar stools, wood bar stools or leather bar stools to find a look that best matches your home decor.
Our decor experts will be happy to assist you. Visit any Lamps Plus store or give us a call with your questions.
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