How to choose the right bar stool
There’s no doubt the eat-in kitchen has changed. Once large enough to accommodate a full table, kitchens now are outfitted with islands, countertop eating or dining bars. These new uses are great for space saving, but they need the right seating, which means selecting the right bar stool for your needs and style.
Height first: When selecting a bar stool, finding the correct height is critical. Too high, and your legs will hit the counter. Too low, and you’ll find yourself eating with your arms raised. You’ll be both uncomfortable and your bar stool won’t look right.
Start by measuring from the floor to the top of the counter. Standard counters are 36 inches high. This is often the height of a kitchen island. This will require a 24- to 26-inch stool. If this is for occasional use, choose one that doesn’t have a back and you may be able to store it under the counter.
For a tall dining bar that’s about 42 inches high, a bar stool that’s 30 inches tall will fit the bill.
Options: Start first with how you’ll use the chair. If you’ll only be using it at the counter and not to interact with others in the room, then a stationary bar stool will do. For kitchens that are part of a larger living space, you may want a bar stool that swivels. They enable you to turn and view the TV or for guests to interact with those in the living room.
Another consideration is whether you want your stool to be backless. These are usually streamlined, but they can become uncomfortable after sitting for prolonged periods of time, though they often store easily. Arms are another choice in bar stools. These are wonderful for those sitting for longer periods.
Style: There is a wide range of styles in bar stools. You’ll find stools in wood, metal and rattan, as well as stool seats covered in fabric. Acrylic is another chic and trendy choice that looks fresh and updated.
Space-saving kitchen islands need the right bar stools.