From the height to the arm design and material finish, here’s a cheat sheet to picking the perfect bar stool for your home or business
Pick The Right Height
The worst bar stools are the ones not properly sized for your countertop. Bar height stools generally measure around 28-32” (71cm-81cm) to fit tables with a height of 40-42” (101.5cm-106.6cm). Counter stools are shorter with a seat height of 24-27” (61cm-68.5cm) to fit tables that are anywhere from 35-39” (90cm-99cm) high.
Choose A Durable Material
Depending on the design of your space you’ll want to choose a finish that matches the overall look while picking extra durable materials like metal or wood so these bar seats are both functional but also aesthetically pleasing.
- Upholstered: Extra style and comfort
- Leather: Attractive and easy to keep clean
- Wood: Durable and handsome
- Metal: For a classic or contemporary look
Lamina Too by Bonaldo
Designed by Mauro Lipparini, this leather and steel design marries a sturdy structure with sophisticated upholstery in emery leather.
Wanda by Cattelan Italia
A modern stool with an elegant rounded shape and fine stitching, this design by Paolo Cattelan is perfectly at home at a cocktail bar or fine dining space.
Do You Need to Adjust The Height
It’s likely that your table or breakfast counter will be higher/lower than conventional measurements so having an adjustable design allows more flexibility to sit comfortably at either a table or a bar
Hoppy by Bonaldo
This revolving stool is height-adjustable (57-82cm) thanks to a gas piston. It comes with a chromed steel frame and a satin steel base.
Axel X by Cattelan Italia
A modern stool for kitchen islands designed by Archirivolto, this padded ergonomic seat has an adjustable height, footrest and backrest.
Will You Need Armrests or Footrests?
If comfort is a top priority, then bar stools with armrests and footrests are a good choice as they offer support. However keep in mind the position/height of the arms for a proper, ergonomic fit under the table or counter. If you’re looking for a more streamlined look, choose a backless or armless design.
Tab by Bonaldo
Perfect for open kitchen/cafe designs, this elegant stool with a footrest makes sitting in it for an extended period of time a pleasure.
With an elegant back and curved arm rests, the Oleandro with its wooden base and padded seat is both comfortable and stylish but not overly casual.
Does It Swivel
Having a swivel function conveniently allows guests to get up quickly without having to lift the bar stool. However it can be an issue for the elderly or young kids.
Bonnie by Bonaldo
A stool that swivels and is height-adjustable, this versatile piece is available in five colours: white, red, anthracite gray, saffron yellow and dove-gray.
Mida Too by Bonaldo
Think of this like an armchair but in a fixed stool form. It adds a touch of style to any space with its backrest and generous, enveloping shape and metal base.
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