Bar Stool Height: How to Get the Perfect Size for Your Space
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Bar Stool Height: How to Get the Perfect Size for Your Space

When you begin shopping for bar stools, you will quickly notice that they come in a variety of heights. You can find stools ranging all the way from eight inches to thirty-six inches. The choices can seem overwhelming but with a little detective work and these simple tips, you will be on your way to finding the perfect bar stool for your home or commercial bar.

Bar stools typically come in three different sizes. Counter height is usually found in homes where the kitchen counter may extend and provide space for below-counter seating. These types of stools are usually backless and armless and are made to tuck easily beneath the counter and out of the way when not in use. The counter stool height is generally between twenty-four and twenty-six inches. The second kind of bar stool is the bar height stool. This kind is found at your typical bar, home or commercial. These stools are a little taller, measuring in at 29-31 inches. These stools can be a bit more ornate, as they are usually the main source of seating in the area. They can have backs, arms and swivels. Finally, some vendors will offer the third height of bar stool that is called extra tall. This usually means over thirty-two inches and can also mean a heftier price tag.

Measure twice, buy once. The most important thing you can do to help find the perfect bar stool is to measure carefully the space where your stool will rest. If it is a counter or bar area, measure from the ground to the underneath of the bar. But be careful; if your space measures thirty-six inches, you donít want to buy a bar stool that is that same height. You must be sure to leave space for your guestís legs. A good rule of thumb is to leave about ten inches of space for movement. Your bar measuring thirty-six inches would require a stool that is somewhere around twenty-six inches.

Arms or no arms? Another thing to consider as you shop for bar stools is whether or not you want arms on your stools. If so, you will need to account for this in your measurements. If you want the arms to tuck under the bar or counter top, make sure that you subtract these extra inches from your bar height. If arms are not desired, you can simply go by the height of the seat.

Think of your setting. Sometimes the place you decide to have your bar changes the height of the stool you purchase. For example, in a family-oriented restaurant with a kid-friendly bar, it would be inappropriate to have thirty-six inch tall bar stool. Children would have great difficulty climbing onto the stool and they could be dangerous. Likewise, short stools would be awkward on the new counter-height dining tables that can be found on the market today.

There are many different kinds of stools available today and choosing the perfect height can seem tough. Think carefully about where your bar stools will be used and who will be using them and always measure carefully before buying. This should help you narrow down your height choices and find just the right bar stool for your space.


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