How to Choose the Right Bar Stool Height

How to Choose the Right Height Bar Stool

Choosing the correct height of a bar stool can be tricky. If they’re too short, you can’t reach the bar and if they’re too high, you’ll have to slouch – neither is very comfortable and, let’s face it, doesn’t look so good. Here are some tips on how to select the right stool for your bar or counter.

Bar Stool vs Counter Stool

Knowing the difference between a bar stool and a counter stool is important. A counter stool is usually around 24″ and is typically used at a kitchen counter. A bar stool is about 30″ and is designed for sitting at a bar. " "


Take Measurements

  1. Measure the Height of your Bar or Counter: Measure from the floor to the top of the bar and remember to do it twice to ensure accuracy.
  2. Choose the Right Stool: Take the height measurement of the bar and subtract 10″ – that will be the approximate height of stool you should purchase. This will give you plenty of space to sit at the bar, with or without your legs crossed, and feel comfortable. To get the height of the stool, measure from the feet up to the seat.

Counter height stool seats range from 24-29 inches from the floor and are perfect for kitchen counters or tables that are about 34-39 inches high. A bar stool seat is about 30-36 inches from the ground and is perfect for counters or bars that are 40-46 inches from the ground.

Note: this is based on countertops that are 1-1/2″ thick.Diagram of How to Choose the Right Bar Stool Height

How Many Bar Stools Will Fit?

In addition to determining the height of your bar stools, you will need to consider how many stools will fit comfortably at the bar or counter. You want to make sure that there is at least 26-30″ between each bar stool (measurement taken from one center of the stool to the next). In addition, allow 14″ from the center of the last stool to the wall. This amount of space will allow people to comfortably eat, drink, and get in and out of their seat with ease.


Design Choices

Bar stools come in many sizes, shapes, designs, and styles so you’ll want to consider the following when selecting the right stool:

    • Décor: Look at the overall décor of your home, the way things are positioned, and the style that you have and select a stool that will blend with your décor. If you want a more casual or modern look, you might consider a backless stool. For a more elegant look, choose a stool with a back and armrests in a metal or carved wood finish.
    • Functionality: Are you or your guests going to be sitting in the stools for extended periods of time? If so, you might consider getting a stool with a back, which will much more comfortable than a backless bar stool. Also, choose a stool that has a comfortable cushion seat – if you can’t find one that you like, you can purchase a chair pad that will add comfort while meshing with your home décor.
    • Small Spaces: If you have a small space, choose a bar stool with no arms so you can slide it under the bar when it’s not in use. If you choose a swivel stool with a back, the stool can be used as conversational seating in your apartment.
    • For the Kids: If you have children, you may want to choose a stool that has no cushion (or a spill-resistant fabric cushion) or a leather seat for easy cleanup. Also, an adjustable stool will be helpful so they can easily get on and off the chair and adjust the height as they grow.

 

Pictures of Types of Bar Stools

 


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42 comments on “How to Choose the Right Bar Stool Height
  1. Alister Nickson says:

    These designs are simply incredible. I like the way you design all these bar stools and other furniture.

  2. Bonnie Piest says:

    What is the footrest heights for both a counter height and bar height stool supposed to be?

    • Cyndee DAgostini says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      On a counter height stool, the foot rests are around 6” from the ground. On a bar height, they are around 12” from the ground. Since the optimal seat height for a regular chair is 18-19 inches, you just subtract from the seat height for the best foot placement.

  3. Valerie says:

    Will 24″ bar stool work for countertop 35 1/2″?

    • Improvements Editor says:

      Hi Valerie,
      Yes, counter height (24”) stools will work with that size counter. Standard counters are 36” high.

  4. Kristin says:

    Should I subtract 10″ from the top of the counter, or the bottom? The text says top, but one of the graphics shows the measurement to the bottom/underneath part of the counter. Great helpful post, thank you!

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  7. Demi says:

    My bar is 43 inches and I am considering stools that measure: 47 in from top to bottom, 30 in seat to floor and are 20 in wide. Will this work?

    • Improvements Editor says:

      Hi Demi,
      Since most bar seat heights are 30″ from seat to floor, the bar stool you’re considering should work.

  8. Spencer says:

    What is usually the average bar stool height

    • Improvements Editor says:

      Hi Spencer, An average bar stool height is 29″-32″ to the seat from the floor.

  9. Joanna cappella says:

    Is it strange is the seat height on a counter stool is good to go (25 3/4 inches for a 37 in counter) but then back of that stool does not clear in the counter. Meaning the total height of the stool is about the same height as the counter. Does it need to be taller???

    • Amandah Blackwell says:

      Hi, Joanna. Thanks for your comment! If you look at our image in the post, the back of the chair exceeds the height of the counter. Here’s a snippet from our post:

      “Counter height stool seats range from 24-29 inches from the floor and are perfect for kitchen counters or tables that are about 34-39 inches high. A bar stool seat is about 30-36 inches from the ground and is perfect for counters or bars that are 40-46 inches from the ground.”

      Keep in mind that each chair is different. Some may have a higher back.

  10. Cathy says:

    my counter is 37 inches, will 29 inch bar stool work?

    • Improvements Editor says:

      Hi Cathy, If your counters are 37” h, you should order the 24”h barstool. A 29” h barstool is made for bar height counter that is 40-42” h. Thanks!

  11. Thais says:

    My counter is 35, will a 29 stool work? Would it be enough without crossing legs?

    • Improvements Editor says:

      Hi, If your counters are 36” h, you should order the 24”h barstool. A 29” h barstool is made for bar height counter that is 40-42” h.

  12. Matt says:

    Will a 28″ high bar stool work with a 43″ bar?

  13. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for this awesome article!! Great detailed instructions WITH pictures! 🙂 🙂

  14. Jane says:

    counter height 36″ with a drop down counter 3 inches less…so what height bar stool do I use for this drop down of 33 inches?

    • Amandah Blackwell says:

      Hi, Jane. Thanks for your comment!

      According to our instructions, you would need to subtract 10 inches from your counter height. This gives you 23-26 inches, the approximate height of the stool you should purchase. Counter height stool seats range from 24-29 inches from the floor and are perfect for kitchen counters or tables that are about 34-39 inches high. A bar stool seat is about 30-36 inches from the ground and is perfect for counters or bars that are 40-46 inches from the ground.

      Hope this helps!

  15. Shari says:

    If my bar is 42 high, what height bar stool should I get!

    • Amandah Blackwell says:

      Hi, Shari. Thanks for your comment! According to our instructions, you would need a bar stool that’s 30″-36″.

  16. Sharon says:

    Will a 26″ counter stool work for a 35″ counter?

    • Amandah Blackwell says:

      Hi, Sharon. Thanks for your comment! Yes, a 26″ counter stool will work for a 35″ counter.

  17. Ayle says:

    Thank you for the info, but please give measurements in metric international units

    • Amandah Blackwell says:

      Hi, Ayle. Thanks for your comment! We used an online converter, so here are the measurements.

      Counter height

      34 inches = 86.36 cm
      39 inches = 99.06 cm

      Barstool height

      24 inches = 60.96 cm
      29 inches = 73.66 cm

      Counter height

      40 inches = 101.6 cm
      46 inches = 116.84 cm

      Barstool

      30 inches = 76.2 cm
      34 inches = 86.36 cm

  18. Ashley says:

    The top of the counter is 45”, the stool I’m looking at purchasing is 30”. According to your measurements I should get a stool at 35”. But I’m having a hard time finding what I love, that is within budget (not $200 a piece!). My question is would there be too much of a gap? I don’t want to purchase it if it won’t be functional.

    • Amandah Blackwell says:

      Hi, Ashley. Thanks for your comment! There shouldn’t be too much of a gap, depending on the stool size you get. Plus, your guests want to be comfortable, too. If someone is 6 ft., they’ll appreciate the leg room.

    • Juli says:

      Ashley, have you found a 35” from floor to ceiling seat stool that you like.? I too am growing weary of looking. Most sites don’t say even when I google that’s what I am looking for.

  19. Beth Anson says:

    Thanks for Information. Been going crazy trying to find the right height stool for our counter!

  20. Brenda Bilow says:

    I’m putting an Island in my kitchen, what size would I need to get for a kitchen thats 14 3/4 x 131/2. What size of bar stools also would I need to grt, my counter top in the kitchen now is 36″” from the floor, please help.

    • Amandah Blackwell says:

      Hi, Brenda. Thanks for your comment! What is the height of your new island? For your current countertop of 36″, you would need a bar stool between 24″-29″.

  21. Juli says:

    I’m also having trouble finding an affordable kitchen island stool for a 45” height counter. I need to get 6. Any recommendations/sources for a dependable 34-35” floor to seat chair? I’ve googled those specs but for sites that come up, they don’t typically mention this height but customers comment they are more like 30”. Too short. Thank you.

  22. Ric says:

    In reviewing your posted instructions, we note that it instructs us to measure from the top of the counter top to the floor. Nevertheless, by measuring from the top of the countertop the instructions do not take into account the varing thicknesses of countertops available on the market these days. Can you please provide the assumed thickness of the countertop in your illustration so I can calculate the actual recommended leg room between the bottom of the counter top and the seat height (i.e. top of counter, minus the seat height, minus the thickness of the counter top, equals the net leg room)? Or, alternitively, if you can just provide the recommended mount of space needed for leg room it might be simpler.

    The particular issue at hand is that we have 4″ thick counter tops, so measuring from the top of the counter will not give us the same amount of room between the seat height and the bottom for leg room as would a counter top that is say, 1 1/2″ thick.

    Many thanks!! Ric

    • Amandah Blackwell says:

      Hi, Ric. Thanks for your comment. Based on the image in our blog post, the assumed countertop thickness may be 1-1/2″ thick. You may want to measure from the underside of your counter to the floor; you should still be able to use our guide to find the right bar stool for your counter. Here’s an additional measurement: Counter height 41″-43″, use a bar stool that’s 29″-32″.

  23. Patty T says:

    We are looking for patio chairs that the seat is 20″from the floor. Is there such a thing?

    • Amandah Blackwell says:

      Hi, Patty. We spoke with Kim, our merchant who handles Outdoor Living, and she said that the average seat height is 18″. The average counter stool is generally 24″ in height, and a bar stool is around 30″ in height. Kim said that a 20″ height is rare and probably customized.

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