Yes, there is a single difference between the two stools–their height! What height you require for your stool depends on your island, counter, bar, or table height.
Finding the ideal bar stools for your home can be daunting, with many factors and features to consider. Luckily, our furniture experts love to share all the information you need to choose and enjoy those oh-so-perfect stools.
What are Bar Stools
Bar stools, a type of high or tall chair, allow the user to sit comfortably in situations requiring a higher seat. Bar stools are made for both commercial and residential applications.
This includes kitchen islands and counters, bars, and pub tables. You'll find various colours, heights, sizes, styles, and bar stools for sale online and in stores.
Is there a Difference Between a Bar Stool and a Counter-height Bar Stool
- Bar stool typically ranges between 28 to 32 inches.
- Counter stools usually sit between 22 to 28 inches.
Learn more about the differences between these two stools and how to determine the best one for your space on our Art Leon blog.
Why Should I Get a Bar or Counter Stool
Bar and counter stools bring beauty, comfort, convenience, and function to your indoor and outdoor spaces.
Envision the joy of gathering with your loved ones around the kitchen island, indulging in a delightful family breakfast.
Alternatively, picture the sheer delight of relaxing with friends at your outdoor bar, relishing in drinks, food, and good company, all while seated comfortably on exquisite bar stools. This is precisely why integrating bar stools into your home and lifestyle is highly beneficial.
What are the Different Types of Bar Stools
- Bar height stool
- Counter height stool
- Swivel bar stools with backs
- Swivel bar stools without backs
- Bar stools with backs
- Bar stools without backs
- Outdoor bar stools
- Stools with/without arms
Related Reading: how to calculate the size of the bar stool?
What Type of Stool is the Most Comfortable
A top consideration when shopping for bar and counter stools is comfort. Uncomfortable bar stools detract from our enjoyment of our meals, conversations, and relaxation and cut our time doing so short.
The most comfortable stools have a supportive back, ample seat padding, and sufficient width. The upholstery whether leather or fabric can effect the comfort level when seated. Choosing a durable yet soft leather or fabric will give you a comfortable sit.
If you have enough space, a bar stool with a back and arms provides optimal comfort while sitting for long periods. These stools provide a luxurious experience for everyday and occasional use. Read more about bar stool sizing with our "bar stool spacing guide for a comfortable fit."
Why is a Swivel Bar Stool the Easiest to Use
A 365-degree swivel stool enables you to turn the stool to sit and stand easily. Swivel barstools are best suited to areas and situations with enough space to accommodate the swivel function, seat width, and user. Add a height adjustment feature for even more functionality. Adjusting the stool up and down allows you to comfortably sit at any surface.
Where Should I Put a Bar Stool
- Kitchen island
- Bar or Bar Table
- Pub Table
- Outdoor bar
- Wine tasting table
Wood or Metal–What is Best for a Bar Stool Frame
Deciding between the two materials comes down to personal preference and your decor. Wood stools add warmth to a room, while metal carries a sense of coolness. Both materials heighten the aesthetic and functionality of your kitchen or bar space.
Powder-coated metal chairs are a great choice for outdoor areas since they are waterproof and resistant to a variety of weather factors, including rain, wind, and UV radiation.
However, it's important to note that wood tends to react to moisture and dry climates by expanding and potentially cracking. As a result, it is generally advisable to keep wooden stools indoors, unless they have been specially treated and sealed to withstand outdoor weather conditions and sun exposure.
Leather or Upholstery–What is Best for a Bar Stool Seat
When it comes to selecting the right material for your bar stool seats, several factors should be considered.
Leather patinas beautifully over time and gain a softness with use that envelops the user. There are many types of leather, with bonded being the cheapest and top grain being the best.
Leather is not suited to homes with pets or children as it scratches and stains easily. For those abodes sans the little ones and pets, leather makes a wonderful choice you will not regret.
Though leather is less suitable for families with children or pets because it is more likely to become scratched and discolored, it is crucial to bear this in mind. If you don't have young children or pets in your house, leather can be a great decision that you won't regret.
What Colour Bar Stool Should I Get
Bar and counter stools come in every colour in the spectrum. Dyed leather and colorful fabrics add colour to a stool's seat, while wood and metal finishes come in a wide selection of colours.
The colour you select for your stools should bring you joy and home beauty. We deep dive into the "how to choose a bar stool color" topic on our Art Leon blog.
Other things to Consider when Buying your Bar Stool
Pro Tip for Finding the Perfect Bar Stools for Sale
More people than ever are buying furniture online, including bar stools and counter stools. Our online store features a gorgeous collection of leather swivel stools and modern bar stools to suit any application inside your home.
A favorite bar stool of our customers is the Art Leon swivel stool. This stool is upholstered in sumptuous PU leather in a bomber jacket style warm brown and channeled seat and back. The metal frame is sturdy and striking, finished in black.
Explore the Art Leon bar stool line on our website or shop our furniture collections at the links below.