Guide To Choosing The Right Kitchen Counter Stools

A lot of kitchens include islands that double as bars or breakfast tables. But deciding whether or not you want a kitchen island is not the only difficult part. Once that is done you need to focus on choosing the right kitchen counter stools so that they coordinate well with the décor and design while also being comfortable and functional.

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There are several different types of stools which could be used in combination with a kitchen island. Some have a classic or traditional design, with a simple wooden frame and an upholstered seat.

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Others are quirky with frames make of baseball bats and customized in all sorts of ways. In these cases they’re usually handcrafted and made to order which ensures that each piece is unique.{found on chaidesign}.

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They can be chosen to coordinate with the countertop in which case you need to be really careful when selecting the color and material. It’s possible to have them both custom made as a set.{found on oharainteriors}.

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If the counter stands between 35” and 36” high as it’s usually the case, the stools should have a seat height of 24” to 26”. These measurements differ depending on type and the height of the kitchen counter.{found on kathleenbost}.

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These stools are available in lots of different sizes, styles, shapes and materials so you need to do your research before going shopping. First of all, it’s important to select the right height for the stools. Measure the height of the counter and calculate the height the stools should have.A bar, for example, is between 40” and 42” high, in which case a seat height of 28” to 30” is required for the bar stools.{found on fgbradleys}.

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The Jailhouse Back Wood Seat Swivel Stool featured here would be a good option in that case. Their design makes them coordinate well with farmhouse kitchens.

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Make sure you measure everything correctly. You need to measure the height of the counter from the floor to the underside. This will help you determine the proper bar stool height so it’s best to measure twice just to make sure.{found on hayneedle}.

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If not, usually you risk getting bar stools that are too high for your kitchen counter. For example, although these classic Tolix stools complement this island really well, they seem a bit too high for it. This means you’d be sacrificing comfort.{found on minday}.

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Once you got all measurements right, you need to decide how many stools you need. Figuring out the number is easy. You need to provide adequate spacing for people to eat, drink or socialize. A distance of around 26”-30” between the centers of the bar stools should be ideal.

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The design of this kitchen island evenly divides the space between the three Twist swivel stools. Also, the design of the stools allows them to have adjustable height and this pretty much solves both problems we’ve discussed so far.{found on corynnepless}.

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But when the island has an undulating design such as in this case, the irregular shape makes it difficult to evenly distribute the stools and to offer each one the same type of comfort.{found on refreshinteriorsdesign}.

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Some designs and systems make it more difficult to determine the right distance between them. It’s the case here where this small kitchen island and its two attached stools had to fit into a limited space.

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Suspended seats such as these ones which come in pairs of two are easier to work with. Because they’re incorporated into the island, they can be put away when not in use to save space.{found on uplanddevelopment}.

Choose the style.

The last element to take into consideration before purchasing kitchen counter stools is the style. Some designs have seat back, others don’t, some have armrests as opposed to others which are simple plus other distinctions such as between swivel and non-swivel stools, upholstered and non-upholstered models, adjustable and stationery designs, etc.

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These stools, for example, have a backrest and a swivel base but they don’t have armrests. Their design offers them a rustic-industrial look which pairs well with the exposed brick.{found on koodekir}.

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Traditional bar stool designs usually look something like this, although variations can also be found. It seems that these have leather-upholstered seats which offers an elegant look.{found on thehouseofl}.

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The Marcello Counter Stools are upholstered and have comfortable backrests but, even though the designs suggests the presence of armrests, they’re not a feature of this design. Also, the height is not adjustable. As far as style goes, these stools coordinate well with traditional designs.{found on cookarchitectural}.

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The Enzo counter stools combine wood and chrome for a modern aesthetic. They offer increased comfort thanks to the backrest and they also feature footrests, another element which influences the overall design and functionality.{found on dmkitchen}.

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Combining a metal base and a wood seat, these smart and sleek stools have an all natural design and they’re also quite versatile. Include them in rustic, modern and even industrial kitchens and their simple design (lacking a backrest and armrests) will complement the décor beautifully.{found on jacksondesignandremodeling}.

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The Arteriors wooden bar stools have thin cast iron legs and a wooden seat with hand-carved detailing. The swivel seat allows the user to adjust the height depending on the height of the counter.{found on m-architecture}.

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As you can imagine, there are quite a few different styles and designs to choose from when it comes to bar stools, whether you want a matching set or you prefer to mix and match. This set of two rustic stools goes well with the matching table but also looks beautiful when paired with a variety of kitchen islands and counters. They feature a rustic-industrial style with metal legs and a wooden seat. The dimensions of each stool are 14’’W x 4’’D x 23.5’’H. The legs have adjustable levelers.

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On a similar note, this kitchen counter stool has a lovely farmhouse-style design which has a pleasant impact on the entire space around it. The stool is made from a combination of wood and metal and is not only good-looking but also very comfortable. It has a 360 degree swivel seat. The cushioned seat is upholstered with linen-colored fabric and has a beautiful nailhead trim all around it. It also has a backrest for added comfort. The overall dimensions are 19.5″ W x 19.5″ D x 43″ H which is ideal for kitchen counters, islands and bar tables.

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These bar stools are really great for kitchens and home interiors in general because they’re space-efficient. They don’t have backrests and that means you can easily store them underneath the counter when they’re not in use. The 360 degree swivel seat is also height-adjustable and accompanied by a footrest which makes this design very comfortable and user-friendly despite its simplicity. The base is made of metal and has four slender and curved legs which give the stool a sculptural and elegant appearance. The overall dimensions of the stool are 19″W x 19″D x 30″H and the seat has a diameter of 15’’.

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If you prefer something a bit simpler and more modern, this set of two bar stools might be just what you need. It has a slender base with four legs and very clean and simple lines, complemented by a curved seat with a built-in backrest. The seat is upholstered but maintains a refined and sleek look. The design as a whole is a nice blend of functionality, looks and comfort. Each stool measures 18. 75” W x 20. 25” D x 37” H and the seat measures 14’’D x 17’’W x 29’’H.

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Simplicity is also the defining characteristic of this particular set of two counter-height stools. The stools come fully assembled and are made of solid wood with a walnut, natural or black finish. A set of four stools is also available in black. The design is simple and based on clean and straight lines complemented by a round seat without any upholstery on it. The stool has a solid construction and is very versatile.

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Storage can sometimes be a problem, especially when you have limited floor space. Bar stools can be quite inconvenient in this sense. Yet this model provides a very practical and ingenious solution to this common issue. It has a solid and sturdy wooden frame, a cushioned seat and a padded backrest upholstered in dark brown faux leather. The interesting details in this case is the fact that you can easily fold the stool for easy storage whenever you need to free up the space.

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There’s something really nice and comforting about bar stools that look like this. The simple and classical design suits them well and allows them to be very versatile. This set of two bar stools is made of solid wood and comes in several different finishes. This particular model has a white frame and a natural beechwood seat, a combination that’s equally elegant and casual. You can get it in two different versions, with a 24’’ and respectively 30’’ height.

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This is also a classic design, this time with a bit more formal and elegant vibe. At the same time, this counter-height stool has a very solid and durable frame made out of hardwood. The seat and backrest and padded and covered with black faux leather. The back is curved for increased comfort and the legs are also slightly curved as well, adding a stylish twist to the design. Additionally, the stool swivels 360 degrees and the swivel handle is elegantly hidden behind the seat band. The dimensions of this stool are 17.5’’ Lx 20’’W x 43’’H.

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If comfort is a main priority, we suggest checking out the Ogden barstool. The defining feature of its design is of course the seat which gives it an armchair-inspired look. The frame is made of wood and looks very simple, with four straight legs and thin foot rests that connect them on all four sides. The soft cushioned seat is complemented by a backrest that gently curves around it at the back. It has a button-tufted back and nailhead trim and a beautiful beige color that contrasts with the dark-stained wooden frame. The stool is 41.25’’H x 21.75’’W x 21.75’’D.

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Metal bar stools such as these ones have a strong industrial vibe which makes them stand out in most home interiors. Their frames are strong and sturdy and they’re very resilient overall. You can potentially add them to any kitchen without them looking out of place. The dimensions of this particular model are 17.5″L x 16.5″W x 46″H. The entire frame is made of metal with the only exception being the wooden seat which has a distressed finish and looks lovely in this context.