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How to Find the Best Bar Stools for Your Home

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Finding the perfect set of bar stools can be a lot of fun. Whether you’re matching your stools to a new counter in your kitchen or a bar in your basement, you’ll have hundreds of stylish options to choose from. After you’ve decided on the style, there are a couple of other things to consider like the height and spacing. So, here are a couple of tips to help you find the best bar stools for your home.

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Pick the Right Size

No matter how nice the bar stool looks, it has to be the right height for your counter or bar. Try to allow a 10-12” gap between the seat height and the bar or counter height to ensure you have enough room to be seated comfortably. Since counters and bars are a different height, make sure that you’re getting the right chair for the job.

Here are the common sizes that you’ll see:

Counter Height Ba rstools typically measure 26”

Bar Height Stools measure around 30”

Extra Tall Stools can get as high as 36 inches

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Find Your Space

We recommend that you leave at least a foot and half from the center of one bar stool to the center of the next to ensure there’s enough room for each person. Some people don’t like accidental games of footsie.

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What’s the best material for bar stools?

This is totally a matter of personal preference and style. Wooden bar stools or metal bar stools are both very durable and will look great in your home. It’s up to you to decide on what type of material works best for your style and needs.

Wooden bar stools deliver a classic look that will really complement traditional or rustic styles. If you’d like your bar at home to look like your favorite downtown bar, darker woods will deliver that rich signature look. You can also select lighter woods like oak for counter height stools.  Either way, wooden bar stools will deliver a warm and homey feeling to your space.

If you’re going for a modern or industrial look, metal bar stools may be a better choice to help you achieve your desired style. Whether you want to deliver a retro diner look with stainless steel bar stools or a more transitional look with polished bronze, metal bar stools come in a variety of styles for your home. You’ll also have more options for swivel bar stools that are made of metal.


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