Sitting Pretty!

You have your new island, peninsula, breakfast nook or getaway!

You have bookmarked thousands of bar stools sites and pinned all the bar stools in the universe but you just can’t seem to make a decision on the right stool for your space.

Well I  have compiled some tips and pictures to help you a little with the decision making process!

First and foremost three things: You will probably repurchase stools before other furniture; consider the space itself and the users of the space! Bar stools tend to take more abuse than any other sitting furniture in the home so don’t be alarmed if you find yourself wanting new stools – sooner after the purchase than expected!

Depending on your space and users you might even want to mix materials and heights to create a space that works for all that use your space but also is your style alone!

Mixing Heights is a great Way to add Interest & allows more people to use your kitchen space!                                       Counter & Table Height Shown Here

Traditional Metal
Contemporary Metal

Tip #1: To ensure just the right bar stools begin by measuring the height of your counter, bar, or table.

Tip #2: Allow between 10 to 12 inches between the bar stool seat and the bottom of the counter or bar.

This will ensure that your bar stool fits under the counter, bar or table and leaves you with plenty of leg room.

Tip #3:    Stool & Bar Heights Guide

24-inch Bar Stool: 24″ stools are the perfect height for a 36″ bar.

26-inch Bar Stool: 26″ stools are the perfect height for a 38″ bar.

30-inch Bar Stool: 30″ stools are the perfect height for the standard 42″ bar/counter top.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Tip #4

There should be about 26-30 inches between the centers of each bar stool.

This gives people enough personal space. When you factor this in with the length of your island, peninsula or table, you will know how many bar stools you can have in that space.

It is also important to think about all the activities that will be occurring in this space!

SPACE is so IMPORTANT!

 

Material Types of Bar Stools

Wood bar stools – (buy wood touch up)

Metal (Steel, brushed steel, chrome, iron) bar stools 

Leather, Suede, Vinyl, Micro-fiber, Stain-Resistant Fabrics or non-upholstered                               (How do you clean?)

Back or Back-less bar stools 

Arm or arm-less bar stools

Adjustable, swivel, tilt or fixed bar stools (Do you need child friendly?)

So many types of materials to choose from                                                                                            remember to first consider the style of your space and where the bar stools will be used.

When it comes to the style of your space – just one simple question:

Do you want the stools to complement the space? or Stand Alone?

Remember bar stools can be great accent furniture pieces not just a place to sit!