Tips to Choose the Right Bar Stools

When you are looking for the perfect bar stools, several factors like the stool height, color, the materials used, and the style have to be taken into consideration. There are many styles to choose from across a wide range of prices. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right bar stools:

1. Determine the Height

Some restaurant owners make the mistake of choosing a bar stool that’s either too tall or too short. Besides being incredibly uncomfortable, they look disproportionate, as well. Here’s a list for three of the most common bar stool heights:

  • Counter Stools – For surfaces that are around 36″ off the ground, consider opting for bar stools that are approximately 24-26″ high. As this is the standard height for most countertops, you should ideally look for this kind of bar stool for your establishment.
  • Classic Bar Stools – The standard height for bars is approximately 42”, so the height of your stool should be no more than 30”.
  • Tall Bar Stools – You can always opt for extra-tall bar stools if the surface is unusually high (around 48”). In such cases, choose bar stools that measure around 34-36”. They make an excellent choice for viewing parties, as well.

 

2. Select a Style

Bar stools are available in a wide range of styles and shapes. This makes it essential to consider your comfort needs and the aesthetic of the space before you decide what you want. Here are a few of the most popular choices:

  • Backless – Backless bar stools are one of the most common designs used in restaurants. These stools are an excellent choice if you want to save space, and wish to keep the seats hidden beneath the countertop. However, their downside is that they are uncomfortable, which will prevent customers from sitting for too long.
  • Stools With Arms – Barstools with arms are a perfect choice if comfort is your main priority. They offer far more support and comfort than traditional backless stools. The only drawback for these stools is that they’re wider than the backless ones, which means you end up having fewer stools at your bar.
  • Swivel Stools – As we all know, bar stools are pretty heavy. However, stools with swivel functions prevent your customers from struggling to move back and forth from the counter.

 

3. Keep Space

Besides the surface height, it is also crucial to know the bar length before buying the stools. The length of the bar determines the number of seats you can place. Here are a few measuring tips that will help you with the bar stool placement:

  • Personal space – Each bar stool must have roughly 21-24″ of space. In other words, the distance between the center of two seats beside each other should be around 26-30″. This prevents people from hitting each other on the elbow while drinking or eating.
  • Ample Legroom – While measuring, ensure that your bar stools fall 9-12″ below the base of your countertop. This ensures that your customers’ knees don’t bump the countertop each time they move.

 

4. Material

Similar to how we pick furniture, it’s essential to choose the perfect material while buying bar stools. You may either be looking for something with a particular style, or one that’s durable. However, consider weighing the pros and cons of all bar stool materials, some of which include:

  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Rattan or Wicker
  • Combination materials like wood and metal are also popular

 
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