Bar Stool Buying Guide

Bar Stools - The process of buying the right bar stool begins with understanding and determining the right bar stool seat height.  The standard height of a bar stool is usually 30 inches high a level that is convenient to access the bar counter.  Raised seating, slender looks, space economy are the three key features that continue to influence many people to consider bar stool as a stylish accessory as well as a practical piece of furniture.


The height of bar stools determines where they should be used.

  • 18 inches: used at a vanity or dressing table. This is also the height used at slot machines, if you decide to add one of those to your home bar.
  • 24 to 26 inches: kitchen bar stools. Use these at counters which are 36 to 39 inches high.
  • 26 to 31 inches: standard barstool size. These will fit at counters and bar tables that are 40 to 45 inches tall.

Taller bar stools can be up to about 36 inches high, but these are usually custom stools, so you probably won't see many of these available. To know for sure what height you need, measure from the floor to the top of the counter or bar table, then subtract 9 to 12 inches--this is the maximum height of your bar stool.

If you are unsure how many stools you should have around your bar table or at your counter, measure the length. You'll want 21 to 24 inches of counter space per stool, depending on the width of each bar stool. Most pub tables fit four people, one person on each side, but you may be able to fit a bigger crowd at a counter. Once you know the bar stool size, consider comfort and style.

If you plan on hanging out in your home bar a lot, you may want something upholstered, such as vinyl & leather bar stools. A stool with a higher back may make the time spent in your home bar more enjoyable. For a bar area that's near a wall, swivel bar stools can make it easier to get in and out of smaller spaces.

If you'll just be using the bar bar stools for a few drinks and a little conversation, comfort isn't such a big factor, so focus on style. Most of the time, you'll see the back of your bar stools, so choose something that has a rear view you like. Retro bar stools in brightly colored vinyl will give your home bar a whimsical feel--like a burger joint or an ice cream parlor. Wooden bar stools can feel traditional or casual, depending on the type of wood and whether or not the seat is upholstered. Sleek metal bar stools, such as acrylic bar stools or ABS Bar Stools with low backs can turn your home bar into a swanky hangout.


A prospective bar stool buyer should match home decor, the intended use of bar stools with economy of price. For instance, it would suffice if bar stools merely serve the functional aspect alone for use in the kitchen or counters. On the other hand, for use in other parts of home, the style, material type and looks gain priority so as to match and complement interior decorating style.


  • If you have adopted a tropical style, choose rattan stools.
  • For traditional decor, prefer natural wood stools with intricate angles and curves and designs.
  • For French bistro style/ethnic style, wrought iron stools.
  • For a touch of sophistication and durability, consider leather bar stools.
  • To retain natural look, prefer oak bar stools.
  • To match a particular theme, tailor-design barstools with select upholstery material.


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