Bar Stools Buyers Guide

Bar Stools Buyers Guide - Home Bars USA

Once you have made your mind about a bar, it is time to think about where your guests will be sitting. Before you start your search for the perfect bar stools, you need to consider where they will be placed. There are many options but the most common way to place the bar stools are slotted underneath a table or on display. It is important to match the bar stools to your bar by height and style. Also, before buying, consider the functionality, comfort, who is going to use the bar stools and price.

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How to Choose Your Bar Stool Height

The first thing you need to do is measure the height of your surface (table, counter or bar) to be sure of the bar stool height. While most tables, counters and bar tops have a standard height range, you still need to know the exact number. 

Tabletops range from 28 to 30 inches high (71 to 76 cm) - the stool height should be around 18 inches (46 cm). 

Countertops are usually around 36 to 39 inches (91 to 99 cm) - the stool height should range from 24 to 26 inches tall (61 to 66 cm).

Bar tops surfaces are typically 40 to 42 inches tall (102 to 107 cm) - the stool height should be 28 to 30 inches (71 to 76 cm).

But remember, these numbers are not global regulations and can vary. It is always better to double-check and measure the height of your table, counter, or bar.

Bar stool height - Home Bars USA


Distance between Bar and Bar Stools

Leg Room. Have around 9 to 13 inches (23 to 33 cm) between the bar stools and the bar surface to have enough space for the legs.

Leg Room between bar and bar stools - Home Bars USA

Distance between Bar Stools

Multiple Bar Stools. Depending on the length of your bar, you will be able to fit multiple bar stools. Keep enough space between the stools for your guests to easily sit and move around. The general recommendation is to have at least 6 inches (15 cm) for bar stools 16 to 18 inches wide (41 to 46 cm); and around 8 to 11 inches between bar stools 19 to 22 inches wide (48 to 56 cm).

Distance between multiple bar stools - Home Bars USA  

What Is the Difference between Bar Stools and Counter Stools?

Bar stools and counter stools are both types of seating options commonly used in kitchens, bars, and other areas with elevated counters or surfaces. While they may appear similar at first glance, there are some key differences between the two.


The primary difference between bar stools and counter stools lies in their height. Bar stools are typically taller and designed to be used with bar counters or pub tables. Counter stools, on the other hand, are shorter and intended for use with kitchen counters or counter-height tables.


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