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13, Feb 2018

How to choose the perfect modern kitchen bar stools

There’s nothing more annoying than sitting on a stool that’s the wrong height. Too short, and you feel like Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings, too high and you’re knocking your knees in the counter. Besides being super uncomfortable, a too short, or too tall stool not gives you the greatest look of your kitchen decoration. To help navigate through the modern kitchen bar stools, here’s a little how-to guide to help you pick the right kitchen bar stool for your space.


Counter vs Bar


Bar furniture - kitchen stools


You may be suprised to hear that there are difference between bar stools and counter stools. Though maybe not if you’ve been sitting on the wrong sized stool! So what is the difference between the two? Well that all comes down to height.


Orange leather breakfast bar stools


Counter stools are typically lower, but not that low! A comfortable height is around 24-29 inches tall, and what you would use to sit at the kitchen counter. These stools sit well under a counter height that’s between 34-39 inches high.



Wood modern kitchen bar stools - Cherner stool


Nerd Barstool by Muuto


Bar Stools, on the other hand, are about 30-36 inches tall, and are used for, yeah you guessed it, sitting at a bar. These moderns stools are best suited for bars or counter tops that are 40-46 inches from the ground.




Start by measuring your bar or counter from floor to the top of the bar. And it never hurt to measure twice, just to be as accurate as possible. After you’ve measured you can pick the right stool height by subtracting 10″ from your counter height. Doing this will give you ample room from the seat of the stool the bottom of the counter top. To get the perfect stool height, measure from the feet to the seat.


Metal Bar stools with backs


SEE ALSO: How to refresh your kitchen with modern wood bar stools above 400$




Uncertain of your measuring skills? That’s okay, adjustable stools to the rescue! Adjustable modern stools are also great option for growing children who may need a higher seat to start. MOHAWK stool from BRABBU is a good option!


Swivel breakfast bar stools


How many kitchen bar stools?


Knowing the height of your barstools is only half the battle. Once you have the ideal height for your set up, you’ll need to figure out how many stools will fit. Too many and you’ll overcrowd your counter, too few and you’l be left with a sparse and bare space.


kitchen island seat


Kitchen bar stools decor ideas


People should be able to get in and out of their seats with ease, and eat and drink without bumping elbows. You’ll want each stool to sit about 26-30 inches apart, that’s measuring from the center of one stool to the next. There should be about 14 inches left inbetween the last stool and the wall. No need to crowd the last person against the wall!



Play with your kitchen decor


Once you’ve measured, you’re ready to pick your bar stools. You’ll find that there are plenty of modern bars stools to choose from when it comes to desining your space. Be sure to choose a stool that will go with your decor and meet your needs.


Kitchen decorarion ideas


But don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Modern stools are a great way to mix up your styles by bringing in something unexpected. If you’re going to be sitting for a longer period of time then be sure to choose a stool that has a back for a more comfortable seat.

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