How to Choose the Right Bar Stool Height

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You’ve decided you need new bar stools, and you’re going to shop for some.  Should be pretty simple, right?

Yes, it really is, but which bar stool height you choose depends very much on where you will be placing them.   Follow our basic tips to make sure your stools don’t fall short, (or sit too high).

1. Measure.

Table, island, and bar heights are typically pretty standard, but always measure to determine exact height.

(For example, you may be referring to your existing table as a pub table.  Many of those are counter height (36″) but yours could actually be a bar height table (42″).)

2. Match.

Now that you know your surface height, you can match it with the appropriate bar stool height.

Surface height between 35-39 inches.

Counter stools, with a seat height of 24-26 inches, are the best choice for a surface height between 35-39 inches.

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Surface height between 41-43 inches.

Bar stools, with a seat height of 28-30 inches, will be perfect for a surface height between 41-43 inches.

(A general rule of thumb would be to have about 12 inches of space between the chair seat and the bottom of the counter or table surface.)

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3. Spacing.

Matching the correct seat height to your surface is important, but so is making sure you’re not trying to fit too many stools in one spot.

Allow 26 to 30 inches from the center of one stool to the next for adequate spacing.

4. Choose a style.

Once you’re confident that you’re shopping for the right size, it’s time for the fun part!

Bar stools come in all shapes and styles, so choose the style that best suits your space (and don’t be afraid to mix and match!).

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To see our great selection of bar stools, stop in to your closest Schneiderman’s store or check out the selection on our website.

(Pin and share our handy height guide!)


Happy Shopping!

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One Response to How to Choose the Right Bar Stool Height

  1. Ayle February 12, 2018 at 10:28 pm #

    I was looking for bar stool heights for our counter…
    Thank you for this article. It would be most helpful if the units were also provided in metric.

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