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Choosing chairs for a table never seems as difficult as purchasing bar chairs because they often are purchased as a set. But choosing the right stools for a counter or bar is a different matter. It’s important to identify bar stools that fit with the style that is trying to be achieved in the room, but it’s equally important to find bar chairs that will be as comfortable as possible for the function they will play in the room. That requires finding stools of the correct height, and deciding about whether such things as seat cushions, arms, and swivel motion will improve everyone’s experience.
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This guide will look at some of the styles of bar stools that are available, from retro vinyl and chrome “diner” seating to Mediterranean-influenced iron designs. Then it will consider the single most important issue in selecting bar chairs: the height. Next, it will look at other comfort issues such as seats, arms, and motion. It will also discuss how the stool design helps determine how many stools will fit at a counter. And finally, it will conclude with a discussion of how to purchase a bar stool grouping.
Short /Table Height Bar Stools
These stools are shorter than counter or bar height stools and can be a good alternative to chairs at the table.
Counter Height Bar Stools
These stools are the ideal height for a 36-inch counter top or to have on their own for extra seating. They are smaller than the typical stool you see in restaurant or bar and are a great addition to your home bar or kitchen space.
Bar Height Stools
A 30-inch stool is the perfect height for a standard 42-inch bar or counter top. These stools also work great in a workplace like the garage. These are the same size stools you see in a restaurant or bar and are taller than the average dining chair.
Selecting the right bar stools for a kitchen, family room, game room, or “man cave” is a bit more challenging than identifying the right chairs to go with a new table. Usually shoppers are looking for bar stools that will fit with a bar or counter, and so are trying to match the feeling and style of a room, not simply picking up the members of a matching set.