Choosing a bar stool is a simple thing to do; there are a lot beautiful and aesthetically-pleasing bar stools out there. Choosing the RIGHT bar stools for your kitchen, however, is a whole different story—there are a lot of important things to keep in mind before finding the perfect bar stool for your space. Think about the height, the style, the color, the material, the price, the quantity, and the list goes on and on. For this week’s blog, I’m going to give you a few tips and help you narrow your choices.

1. Bar Stool or Counter Stool?

The height of the bar stool is probably the most important thing to consider. First and foremost, make sure you measure the height of your counter or table. From that, you can decide if you need a bar stool or a counter stool. If your table height is somewhere between 35” – 39”, that means you need a counter stool around 24” – 27”. But if you have a higher table (41” – 43”), it’s probably best to choose a bar stool (28” – 33”). If you are still not sure and want to play it safe, get yourself an adjustable stool instead!

BERTOIA STYLE COUNTER STOOL

 

GEOMETRIC BARSTOOL SET OF 2 

 

2 ODO ADJUSTABLE BAR STOOL

 

2. Material

You will have more options if you are going to put your stools inside your house—upholstery, wood, metal, leather, plastic, vinyl, or suede, the options are endless and it’s all back to your preferences. If you have an outdoor bar, however, it’s better to stick with metal or plastic material. They are easy to clean and won’t get damaged by any water.

 

INDUSTRIAL BAR STOOL SET OF 2 

3. Seating Style

There are three standard variations when it comes to the seating style of a stool. The first one is backless. Backless stool might be less comfortable, especially if you’re sitting for a long period of time, but they work really well if you have a small space; they are easily tucked under your table and give a more airy look to the whole room. However, you might not want to choose this if you have small children as it can be dangerous. The second one is the partial-back stool. Even though it seems that this type of stool doesn’t give much support to your back, they can add a more substantial look to your stool, and they still work well in a small space. The last and the most comfortable one is the full-back stool. You can lean back comfortably and they are way safer if you have small children. But keep in mind that full-back stool can look heavy and overwhelming in a space.

 

POTTER WOOD COUNTER STOOL 2-PACK METAL LEG 

2 CURVE ADJUSTABLE BAR STOOL 

EIFFEL TOWER BARSTOOL SET OF 2