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15, Jan 2018

Kitchen inspiration – how to choose the right modern counter stools

A lot of kitchens include islands which double as bars or breakfast tables. But deciding whether or not you want a kitchen island is not the only difficult task. Once you got the kitchen inspiration you’re looking for, to find the right kitchen modern counter stools is the next one.


BRABBU swivel leather bar stool


Choose the right height


Chair, bar stool 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;
  • Kitchen counter stool heights are generally 24″-26″ inches from floor to seat. Pair with a table or counter 36″-39″ in height;
  • Bar stools heights are generally 28″-30″ from floor to seat. Pair with a table or counter 40″-42″ in height.


Kitchen counter stools infographic


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.



Kitchen Grey bar stools at Staffan Tolgard private residence project


Kitchen Grey bar stools at Staffan Tolgard private residence project


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Consider the style of stool


Do you want to make a design statement or do you want more discreet seating? Do you want to match or layer materials in your kitchen? And do the stools you really want work in the space you have? Your answers can help you determine the style of stool that will ultimately work in your kitchen.


Luxury feminine bar stools


Kitchen design inspirations 2018


Midcentury modern counter stools


kitchen velvet bar stools


Midcentury bar stools for kitchen


Midcentury bar stools for kitchen


If your stools are in a busy or narrow corridor or you don’t want a look that overwhelms your island, choose backless seating that can easily tuck away. But if you love to entertain and want something more lounge-worthy, choose a broad-backed stool with deep seating.


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Kitchen color schemes with dark green stools


Brass bar stools with backs


Upholstered bar stools with backs and wood legs


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.



Browse our selection of counter & bar stools for even more inspirations, or follow our Kitchens Stools Board for inspiration.

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