Bar stools and counter stools are nice alternatives to standard chairs that can provide additional seating in your kitchen or dining area. To find the best stools for your needs, consider the height of your counter or bar and the material, design and features that you want.
Before shopping for stools, measure the height of your counter or bar and choose stools that are about 10"-13" shorter than that measurement. You should also ensure 25"-30" of space from the center of one bar stool to the next in order to provide adequate elbow room. This will impact the number of stools you should buy.
Bar and counter stools are made from a variety of materials that offer different aesthetics. Wood stools have a rustic look, while metal bar stools go with a more contemporary style of decor. Iron bar stools are popular for outdoor use, and steel bar stools are easy to clean.
Bar and counter stools generally come with round or square seats, which may be upholstered with vinyl, leather or other fabrics. Swivel bar stools can be easily turned in any direction, and hydraulic bar stools can be raised and lowered.
For more tips on choosing stools, check out our Bar Stool Buying Guide.