How to Choose Your Bar Stool Height - Kitchen Seating Guide

Kitchens are the heart of the home and most kitchen have some type of seating whether it is a countertop bar stool or a nook table. There are many shapes, sizes and heights when it comes chairs and bar stools.

Start by considering what you need kitchen seating for, do you have a large family and need a formal dining space? Do you love entertaining? Or just need a perch for a coffee in the morning. Once you’ve worked out your layout, whether that’s island seating, a dining space with table and chairs or a relaxing reading corner, you can then start to decide what style you need.

Here are some thoughts to consider that will guide your to choosing the best size seating for your kitchen and dining area.

Stools can be the perfect solution around a kitchen island, but a lot of client now are using countertop height stools with a continuous island countertop

Center stage in this kitchen with a gray kitchen island are Cherner Counter Stools. This Lovely kitchen A pair of Thomas O'Brien Bryant Sconces illuminate over the clean simple style kitchen island by Grant K. Gibson .

Center stage in this kitchen with a gray kitchen island are Cherner Counter Stools. This Lovely kitchen A pair of Thomas O'Brien Bryant Sconces illuminate over the clean simple style kitchen island by Grant K. Gibson .

Choose the right height

Chair (above), bar or counter height? To determine which stool you need, measure the height of your table or counter. Keep in mind you need 9″-13″ between the seat and the counter for seating comfort.

  • Chair stool heights are generally 18″ from floor to seat. Pair with a table or counter 28″-30″ in height.

  • Counter stool heights are generally 24″-26″ inches from floor to seat. Pair with a table or counter 36″-39″ in height.

  • Bar stool heights are generally 28″-30″ from floor to seat. Pair with a table or counter 40″-42″ in height.

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Determine how many stools you can fit

It’s important to provide enough space between stools for people to eat, drink and socialize without bumping elbows. Here are the rules of thumb we use:

  • If the widest part of your stool is 16″-18″ allow 21″-22″ of space per stool.

  • If the widest part of your stool is 19″- 22″ allow 24″ to 25″ of space per stool.

  • If you choose stools that swivel and/or have arms, you’ll need to add a bit more space between stools.

Plan the width that you want between bar stools so that you have enough seating for everyone.

Plan the width that you want between bar stools so that you have enough seating for everyone.

There are thousands of seating options to choose from whether its a bar stool or a chair. Dont forget the options in materials and accessories like swivel and metal foot guard

More comfortable at table height at a small table to the end of an island with some chairs.

More comfortable at table height at a small table to the end of an island with some chairs.

Woven Loom Counter Stool

Woven Loom Counter Stool

Modern Kitchen in with leather bar stools

Modern Kitchen in with leather bar stools

Glamorous, kitchen white marble countertops swivel seating three gray leather bar stools facing a second island..   Less

Glamorous, kitchen white marble countertops swivel seating three gray leather bar stools facing a second island..

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Custom bar stools offer selections to choose from including the wood finish and leather or fabric materials.

Custom bar stools offer selections to choose from including the wood finish and leather or fabric materials.

Whether the style of your kitchen is traditional, rustic or contemporary, you can find a stool that complements your look. There’s no need to be too matchy-matchy. If, for example, your dining room is adjacent to your kitchen, it’s not necessary to match the style of seating. And if you already have a lot of wood, try mixing it up with metal stools. Keep an open mind, and you’ll find just the right look for your kitchen and have fun shopping.