How to Choose the Right Bar Stool Height

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If you need new bar stools and you’re ready to shop for some, it seems like it should be a pretty simple task, right?

And it is, really, as long as you know your numbers. But which bar stool height you need depends very much on where you will be placing them.

So 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 it’s a good idea to always measure to determine exact height.

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

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2. Match.

Once you’ve measured and know your surface height, you can match it with the appropriate bar stool height.

Surface height between 35-39 inches.

If your surface height is between 35-39 inches, counter stools with a seat height of 24-26 inches are the best choice.

Surface height between 41-43 inches.

Surface heights of between 41-43 inches are designed for bar stools with a seat height of 28-30 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.)

handy guide for choosing the right counter or bar stool height

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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!).

Happy Shopping!

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