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How Tall Should Bar Stools Be?

Posted by Watson's on Dec 4, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Stools offer a comfortable and versatile seat that can occupy multiple places in your home. Whether you want to stock your bar or kitchen counter, you may be asking yourself: How tall should my bar stools be? Here is the essential information you need to find the right height for your bar stools. 


Most Common Stool Heights

Most bar tops are 40 to 42 inches tall. People need some legroom to comfortably place their legs under the counter when they pull up to the bar. Try to keep 9 to 13 inches of space between the stool and underside, which translates to 28 to 30-inch tall bar stools.

While bar stools may be the leading choice for bar seating, they’re not the only option. Table stools go well with a minimalist and contemporary design, while counter stools offer the same comfort as bar stools with a more stylish aesthetic. Both of these alternatives should be 28 to 30 inches tall for optimal comfort.


Spacing the Bar Stools

Bar stools should combine mobility and coziness. People should be firmly planted next to the bar without other guests impinging their space. To ensure a hospitable environment, consider how many stools you want based on the amount of room at the bar.

If your stools are 16 to 18 inches wide, put six inches between each seat or the bar's end. If the stools are 19 to 22 inches, bump that figure up to nine or ten inches. The total length of your bar stools and the space between them should not exceed the bar's length.


Styles of Bar Stools

We've covered the primary types of stools (bar, table, and counter) and the number you need. Now, it's time to consider the style. If your bar features homages to the past and eclectic memorabilia, check out vintage stool options.

Looking for a durable seat that blends support and style? Shop the backless and full-back stools. There are even full-back models with removable backrests so that you can have the best of both worlds. Don't forget about customizable seats that offer unique bar seating options.


The Bottom Line

Complete your bar with the perfect set of stools from Watson’s. We have a complete line up of seats, ranging from the decorative Sundance bar stools to chic Merritt ones. Discover the difference new bar stools can make in your home today.


Topics: Indoor Furniture - Bar

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