How to choose the right bar stool?

At Corvallis Furniture, one of the most common customer questions we get is how to choose the right bar stool? At first glance it seems like a pretty easy question, but it’s actually quite tricky. It’s also an important question because if the stools you buy are 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 good either. 

Here are some tips on how to select the right stool for your bar or counter.

1.) Bar Stool vs. Counter Stool

The main differences between a bar stool and a counter stool is height. 

Counter stools:  

  • Usually measure around 24-29 inches from the floor and are typically used at a kitchen counter or tables that are about 34-39 inches high.

Bar stools:

  • Usually measure about 30-36 inches from the floor and are designed for sitting at counters or bars that are 40-46 inches from the ground. 

2.) Take Measurements

First, take measurements from the floor to the top of the bar. From there, in order to choose the right stool, take the height measurement and subtract 10 inches — this will give you the approximate height of the stool that will work for your table. 

3.) How many do you need?

Once you’ve determined the type and height of your stools, now you need to figure out how many will fit comfortably at your bar or counter. 

You generally want to leave about 26-30 inches between each bar stool. You can arrive at that distance by measuring from the center of one stool to the next. If your bar is set up next to a wall, you’ll also want allow a 14 inch cushion from the center of the last stool to the wall. 

4.) Style Guide: Choosing your bar stool

Bar stools come in many sizes, shapes, designs, and styles so here’s a few things to consider when selecting the perfect bar stool:





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