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Barstools and counter stools offer a comfortable seating option for kitchen counter areas, pub tables and dining rooms.
Ranging from traditional to modern, you can find barstools in a wide range of styles and looks.
Barstools 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 height 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 stools with 35 to 37-inch high tables.
We recommend measuring the distance from the floor to the underside of your counter before ordering so you can narrow your product search to either bar height or counter height models.
Of course, the above mentioned 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 extra tall table or counter surfaces you’ll either need an adjustable barstool design that can accommodate your need or an extra-tall barstool.
Adjustable barstools have starting seat heights of 33 to 36 inches and can adjust to work with tables 44 to 47 inches high.
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 plus for smaller children or when you need 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 barstool.
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 barstools allow for easier access and don't take up as much space as a barstool with arms.
Swivel barstools have a seat that rotates, allowing guests to easily sit and exit the counter areas.
Like armless barstool designs, backless barstools create a more streamlined look. Backless barstools can also slide right under the counter, which makes them take up less visual space, a plus for smaller spaces.
For a more traditional bar setting, or for greater comfort, a stool with a back and arms may be more appropriate.
Choose an upholstered barstool or counter stool for a more refined, sophisticated look.
You might also want to look at different materials, such as metal, wood or leather to find barstools that best match your home decor.
With a plethora of options at your disposal when shopping for a barstool or counter stool, you are sure to find the perfect one that will work with your kitchen or bar set-up and match your home's interior design at the same time.
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