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Are you looking for how to make your guests comfortable at your bar? 

One good way to achieve this is to ensure they're comfortable whenever they're seated on your bar stools. The appropriate stool height can add to a pleasurable bar experience for your guests. 

They'll love to return once they know they'll always be comfortable sitting at your bar. It's funny how guests notice any slight difference in stool heights, but that's how it is. They know when they're comfortable or not. 

This blog post enlightens you about the different heights of bar stools and how you can maximize them to provide a comfortable seating arrangement for your guests.

Besides a commercial bar, you can use bar stools in your bar at home or in your kitchen. As long as a bar or counter exists, you'll need bar stools to enhance comfort.

How to Choose A Bar Stool Height

The most important task when choosing a bar stool height is to know your bar height. What's your bar height measurement? How to Choose a Comfortable and Fitting Bar Stool Pitch?

You should know the height measurement of your bar or counter where you plan to use the stools. That should be your first task before viewing bar stool catalogues online. You can measure from the top of the counter to the floor using a measuring tape to get this measurement.

There are standard ranges for bar heights. A typical residential bar should measure 42 inches high, while a normal kitchen counter should be 36 inches tall. 

There are common bar stools specially designed for these standard heights. Despite these standard measurements, many bar owners choose different custom heights for their counters, some higher or lower than the standard measurements. 

That is why you should take measures before purchasing bar stools rather than assuming. You don't want a "misfit situation" when your seats finally arrive.

After getting the correct dimension of your bar height, next, you should reduce the figure by 10 inches to arrive at the most appropriate measurement for your bar stool. That means that your bar stool must be 10 inches shorter than the height of your counter. 

The reduction in the counter height gives you sufficient room to sit comfortably. With that allowance, you can move from side to side and even cross your legs without discomfort.

Different Heights Of Bar Stools

Bar stools mostly come in four different sizes:

Short StoolA short bar stool has a standard height between 22 and 23 inches. It is suitable for bars that are between 32 and 33 inches high.

  • Counter Stool

Counter stools are slightly higher than short stools. Their height ranges between 24 and 28 inches. You'll find them best fit for bars 34 to 38 inches tall.

  • Standard Bar Stool

The next standard bar stool higher than short and counter stools is the standard bar stool. It typically measures about 29" to 36" inches in height. You should purchase standard bar stools if your bar is between 39 and 46 inches tall.

  • Extra-Tall Stool

The tallest among bar stools is the extra-tall stool which measures between 37" and 40" inches in height. This stool is best fit for 47 to 50 inches high bars.

For quick reference, the table below summarizes the different bar stool heights.




Short Stool

22”- 23”

32”- 33”

Counter Stool

24”- 28”

34”- 38”

Standard Bar

29”- 36”

39”- 46”

Extra-Tall Bar Stool

37”- 40”

47”- 50”

White Bar Stool

Best Bar Stool Style

Knowing the different bar stools and their standard heights, next you should decide on what bar stool style to get for your bar. Bar stools come in different shapes and styles; below are some classic styles.

Bar Stools With Backs

These styles of bar seats come with backrests for added comfort. They're perfect for persons having back pain as they can rest their back and reduce pressure on their spine. 

Bar stools with backs are also preferable for children as the backrest help to support and keep them secure while seated. You should also buy a bar stool with a backrest if you spend a lot more time at the bar. It'll help you sit for extended periods without hurting your back or sides.

Related Reading:  Art Leon Open Backrest Swivel Bar Stool

Backless Bar Stools

Backless bar stools do not have any backrest; hence they can't support your back. They are lighter, and you can better conserve space with them. You should get them if you're trying a more casual look for your bar.

Wishbone Bar Stools

These are more modern bar stools with a touch of mid-century design. They, however, take up a lot of space in your bar.

Swivel Bar Stools

You can swing in all directions while enjoying your drink at the bar with a swivel bar stool. This bar stool is best for guests who want to enjoy a hearty conversation. You're connected with everyone as you can swing to maintain eye contact with them all.

Take a look at this Art Leon Swivel Bar Stool.

Adjustable Swivel Bar Stools

You won't be bothered about the height problem with adjustable swivel bar stools. You can easily adjust them to suit your height; hence they'll fit properly into any bar or counter space.

Upholstered Bar Stools

These are bar stools that are covered in upholstery. They come in different materials, such as leather, velvet, and fabric. 

Rattan Bar Stools

Rattan bar stools are more expensive than other bar stool styles. They mostly have hand-woven backrests that provide you with added support and comfort. You can use rattan bar stools with soft seat pads. 

Bar stools also come in different colours. Common among them are black bar stools and white bar stools. Depending on the colour of your counter, you can purchase any of these colours because they're neutral and will match any bar colour. 

Upholstered bar stools, however, come in more colour varieties due to the different fabrics they can be made in.

This Art Rattan&Oak Bar Stool will make a difference in your bar. 


When next you purchase bar stools for your bar, don't just decide on anyone, so you don't buy seats unsuitable for your bar. 

Ensure to know the dimension of your bar as that will determine the size of bar stools to go for. You can use the size chart above as a guide. View various online catalogues for different styles and colours.

Visit our bar stool catalogue for your choice of bar stool. 

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