Barstools Buying Guide

The need for a barstool in your kitchen means you have an enviable extra seating spot at a counter, island, or peninsula. Barstools make perfect perches for kitchens because they have a casual style, don’t take up a lot of space, and can easily be moved if they get in the way. Even if you don’t have an extra seating spot, a stool can be a handy resting spot during marathon dishwashing or potato peeling sessions. Here’s how to sort out what you need.

Types of Barstools

Types of Barstools

Barstool has become a universal term, but stools in the kitchen come in three sizes and only one size is for a bar. You don’t want to sit on a stool that’s too low, only to have your chin at counter level. We’ll break down the differences of the three stool heights for you:

Counter-Height

Most counters are 35 inches high. A few are 37 inches high. To sit comfortably at this height, you need a 23- to 26-inch-tall stool. For taller counters, you may find taller stools.

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$299.99

This handsomely crafted stainless steel swivel barstool features a quality metal frame with sturdy legs and foot rest. The padded ...seat is upholstered in PU Ivory or PU Black offering comfort and style. The weight capacity of all stools and chairs is... read more

$280.00

This handsomely crafted stainless steel swivel barstool features a quality metal frame with sturdy legs and foot rest. The padded ...seat is upholstered in PU Ivory or PU Black offering comfort and style. The weight capacity of all stools and chairs is... read more

$169.00

The Tanglewood Swivel Barstool is a simple, classic piece hailing from the northern regions of China. This metal bar stool is fini...shed in Classic Bronze and upholstered in Sonora Suede. Requires assembly. Furniture Pattern: Solid Furniture Room: Bar,... read more

Intercon
$113.99

Constructed from solid hardwoods and cherry veneer. Two-toned black and cider with durable lacquer finish. Backless barstool has c...omfortable cushion seat. Set includes: Two (2) 24 inch barstools Materials: Select hardwoods, veneers, PU Finish: Black... read more

Bar-Height

A bar is about 41 inches high. You’ll need a 29- to 32-inch-tall stool so your elbows rest comfortably on the bar surface.

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LumiSource
$165.00

The wide welcoming seat of the LumiSource Fabrico Barstool beckons for one to sit and unwind for a while A scooped contoured seat ...and curved back add to its modern yet chic design The chrome steel base adds beautiful contrast to the woven upholstery ... read more

LumiSource
$165.00

The wide welcoming seat of the LumiSource Fabrico Barstool beckons for one to sit and unwind for a while A scooped contoured seat ...and curved back add to its modern yet chic design The chrome steel base adds beautiful contrast to the woven upholstery ... read more

$269.99

Settle in for a great evening with friends with the INK+IVY Dean Bar Stool. With its sturdy wood frame, 360-degree swivel and plus...h foam-filled cushion, this is the perfect way to kick back and entertain guests in comfort. read more

$259.99

Settle in for a great evening with friends with the INK+IVY Dean Bar Stool. With its sturdy wood frame, 360-degree swivel and plus...h foam-filled cushion, this is the perfect way to kick back and entertain guests in comfort. read more

Pub-Height

Tall 45-inch-high tables are called pub tables. They are common in restaurants, pubs, home game rooms, and kitchens. To sit at these tables, you need to hop up onto a stool that’s 34 to 36 inches tall. Because of the extra height, these stools need footrests, which are typically rungs that stretch between two stool legs.

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Signature Design by Ashley
$169.20

Your home is more than a house, it’s the daily moments and experiences you share that make it uniquely you. At Ashley Furniture, w...e celebrate being home with you. We are passionate about being the best and most affordable furniture providers for your home. Rooms are meant for living and dreaming. Helping you furnish your home inspires us in everything we do. From designing collections and products around the latest trends, to looking for ways to reduce costs. read more

Signature Design by Ashley
$169.20

Your home is more than a house, it’s the daily moments and experiences you share that make it uniquely you. At Ashley Furniture, w...e celebrate being home with you. We are passionate about being the best and most affordable furniture providers for your home. Rooms are meant for living and dreaming. Helping you furnish your home inspires us in everything we do. From designing collections and products around the latest trends, to looking for ways to reduce costs. read more

Signature Design by Ashley
$117.14

Your home is more than a house, it’s the daily moments and experiences you share that make it uniquely you. At Ashley Furniture, w...e celebrate being home with you. We are passionate about being the best and most affordable furniture providers for your home. Rooms are meant for living and dreaming. Helping you furnish your home inspires us in everything we do. From designing collections and products around the latest trends, to looking for ways to reduce costs. read more

Signature Design by Ashley
$160.98 $158.26

The rustic beauty of vintage design comes to life with the rich finishes and shaped metal of the “Pinnadel” dining collection to e...nhance the look and feel of any dining area. With the beauty of Pine veneers bathed in a wire brushed gray-brown color finish and multiple stool design options to choose from, this furniture is perfect for any dining experience. read more

Adjustable

A stool that adjusts in height is handy if you plan to pull it up to your counter as well as the bar-height surface of your island. An adjustable stool also accommodates diners of different heights, including children, because the seat raises or lowers as needed for comfort at any table. Stools adjust in two different ways. Some raise and lower via gas spring, a cartridge in the pedestal you control with a lever. The seats of vintage or industrial-style stools spin on a threaded rod to raise or lower.

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Lumisource
$191.00 $120.00

The Lumisource Cassis barstool makes a strong statement with a modern, low-profile bent wood back which curves into a wide, genero...us seat. Form and function unite with easy-to-clean faux leather seating and a convenient footrest resulting in a stylish updated look. read more

Carolina Chair & Table Co.
$199.99 $179.99

Dimensions: 18.5W x 17.5D x 36.5 - 47.25H in.; Seat height: 33 in.Powder-coated, metal frameIndustrial gray finishClaw-footed base... and back restAdjustable height. Industrial style. Inspired by vintage tractors, the Carolina Alva Tractor Seat Adjustable Barstool is full of rustic charm. Ideal for bars and islands alike, this gorgeous stool is made to last with a powder-coated metal frame finished in an industrial gray which adds to the authentic style of this stool. And you’ll love the comfortable seat, back rest, and its adjustable height which makes it great for kids and adults alike. read more

Carolina Chair & Table Co.
$199.99 $179.99

Dimensions: 18.5W x 17.5D x 36.5 - 47.25H in.; Seat height: 33 in.Powder-coated, metal frameIndustrial gray finishClaw-footed base... and back restAdjustable height. Industrial style. Inspired by vintage tractors, the Carolina Alva Tractor Seat Adjustable Barstool is full of rustic charm. Ideal for bars and islands alike, this gorgeous stool is made to last with a powder-coated metal frame finished in an industrial gray which adds to the authentic style of this stool. And you’ll love the comfortable seat, back rest, and its adjustable height which makes it great for kids and adults alike. read more

USA
$298.99 $269.09

Relax on this stainless steel bar stool, made with brown faux leather for a contemporary design. Change the height of this adjusta...ble bar stool to ensure your legs are comfortable. Furniture Pattern: Solid Furniture Room: Dining Room Material:... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Any furniture you bring into your kitchen must be easy to clean. Beyond that, consider one other important thing when you buy a stool: your backside.

Cleanability

Most manufacturers take cleanability into consideration when they make and market stools for the kitchen. Materials such as leather-look vinyl, plastic, or painted wood are all stain-resistant and able to be wiped. If you opt for something out of the norm, such as a fabric cushion or a real leather or hide seat, make sure you keep the recommended cleaning products on hand. Consider stain-proofing the fabric covering as soon as you get the stool home. Polish stools with metal components, such as stainless steel or chrome, with metal polish and a polishing rag to keep them looking their best.

Support

Test-drive any stool before you purchase it. Stools were initially designed for the restaurant and bar industries, which wanted customers moving, not lingering. So stool comfort wasn’t important. Today’s stools range widely in comfort, from basic wood disks for seats to contoured and cushioned seats. Consider the stool material: Wicker is scratchy and vinyl is sticky and hot, for example. In terms of support, a back, backrest, or armrests help make a stool more accommodating. Certainly, make sure any stool taller than counter-height includes a footrest.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$68.22 $67.05

Add contemporary style to your kitchen or home bar with the Bentley Barstool. This well constructed metal barstool has a powder-co...ated bronze finish which is sure to compliment any room. The well upholstered cushion seat provides extended comfort and is fire retardant for you and your family's safety. The 360-degree swivel allows you to enjoy conversations around the room with ease. The angled legs and round foot rest make this barstool a comfortable option if sitting for long periods of time. It's base is made from high quality, durable metal. Add this stool to your home for stylish additional seating. read more

Home Decorators Collection
$139.00 $129.00

The Carolina Ladder-Back Bar Stool features a subtle, curved design, rustic woven seat and your choice of finish options. You can ...even choose to have your chair unfinished and apply your own personal touch. Place them in your home bar today for a casual look that's timelessly inviting. Crafted of solid wood for years of lasting use. Multiple finish options available. read more

Home Decorators Collection
$148.00 $109.00

Refresh your dining area with graceful and elegant Melanie Bar Stools. These distinctive kitchen stools can be used indoors or out..., and are constructed of sturdy aluminum with a brushed aluminum finish. Each is surprisingly lightweight and comfortable, yet built to withstand the rigors of everyday use. You can dine in style with Melanie kitchen stools, or use them in your recreation room or on the patio when entertaining guests. A set of two or more makes a coordinated decorative statement. Brushed aluminum finish. Swivel seat. read more

Safavieh
$529.99 $423.99

This sleek, stylish Safavieh bar stool set will upgrade your space. Inspired by designer seating in London’s top-tier hotel bars C...rafted with faux leather and iron What's Included Two stools: 40.1"H x 22.6"W x 17.4"D (each) 29-inch seat height Polyurethane, iron Spot clean only Assembly required Model Numbers Brown: FOX2020D-SET2 Taupe: FOX2020E-SET2 Gray: FOX2020H-SET2 Size: One Size. Color: Brown Oth. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Iron/Polyurethane/Faux Leather. read more

Safavieh
$529.99 $423.99

This sleek, stylish Safavieh bar stool set will upgrade your space. Inspired by designer seating in London’s top-tier hotel bars C...rafted with faux leather and iron What's Included Two stools: 40.1"H x 22.6"W x 17.4"D (each) 29-inch seat height Polyurethane, iron Spot clean only Assembly required Model Numbers Brown: FOX2020D-SET2 Taupe: FOX2020E-SET2 Gray: FOX2020H-SET2 Size: One Size. Color: White. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Iron/Polyurethane/Faux Leather. read more

Armen Living
$419.99 $335.99

Enhance your entertainment space with the contemporary design of this Bruno swivel bar stool from Armen Living. Padded back and se...at Swivel design Attached footrest Sturdy base 33 - 43H x 19.29W x 17D Weight: 35 lbs. 22" to 32 adjustable seat height Weight capacity: 250 lbs. Frame: metal Upholstery: polyurethane Fill: foam Wipe cleanImported Assembly required Manufacturer's 1-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here Model Numbers Gray: Klcaswbagrba White: Klcaswbawhba Size: One Size. Gender: Unisex. read more

Madison Park
$199.99 $159.99

Give your breakfast bar a sophisticated look with this Madison Park Weldon roll back bar stool. Nailhead accents Button-tufted det...ails 45.75H x 25.5W x 21D Weight: 21.3 lbs. 30-in. seat height Weight limit: 300 lbs. Frame: plywood Upholstery: polyesterFill: foam Spot cleanAssembly required Imported Model Numbers Blue: MP104-0060 Gray: MP104-0061 Cream: MP104-0062 Size: One Size. Gender: Unisex. read more

Safavieh
$529.99 $423.99

This sleek, stylish Safavieh bar stool set will upgrade your space. Inspired by designer seating in London’s top-tier hotel bars C...rafted with faux leather and iron What's Included Two stools: 40.1"H x 22.6"W x 17.4"D (each) 29-inch seat height Polyurethane, iron Spot clean only Assembly required Model Numbers Brown: FOX2020D-SET2 Taupe: FOX2020E-SET2 Gray: FOX2020H-SET2 Size: One Size. Color: Grey. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Iron/Polyurethane/Faux Leather. read more

Hillsdale Furniture
$259.49 $92.75

Hillsdale Furniture's stately Presque Isle Stool has a sturdy base with flared legs. The back has an interesting tapered spindle d...esign and the seat is covered in easy to care for vinyl. This handsome stool is available in a black finish with black... read more

Linon
$249.49 $72.21

The Calif Metal Stool blends transitional styling with traditional charm. Crafted for fashion and comfort, the stool has a decorat...ive back, flared legs and swivel seat. Finished in a deep coffee brown, the seat is plushly upholstered in easy to... read more

Coaster
$290.36 $126.96

Contemporary moderrn bar stool adjusting in height, offers padded seating and footrest for comfort.

Flash Furniture
$209.49 $73.33

Flash Furniture Contemporary Wicker Rounded Back Adjustable Height Barstool with Chrome Base: The wicker barstool showcases a soph...isticated design This sleek dual purpose stool easily adjusts from counter to bar height The backless design is casual and... read more

INC International Concepts
$211.94 $137.98

The International Concepts Algood Windsor Arrow Back Swivel Bar Stool stands tall so you can pair it perfectly with a 42-inch tabl...e or bar. Ready to assemble in minutes, your new stool boasts premium-quality wood construction with a dynamic arrow style... read more

LumiSource
$209.49 $100.00

Introduce an upscale flair to your home bar or kitchen countertop with the H2 Adjustable-Height Barstool. This sleek-looking seati...ng solution infuses contemporary lines and textured leatherette with a contrasting polished chrome base. The barstool with... read more

Best Selling Home
$294.81 $150.21

Diamond stitched pattern. Curved armrests provides unobtrusive support. Stylish and comfortable. Sturdy wooden legs and frame. No ...assembly required. 21 in. L x 22 in. W x 41 in. H. Seat Height 28 in.. read more

Winners Only
$331.43 $224.00

Set of 2. Ladder back. Ebony finish. Minimal assembly required. 20 in. W x 18 in. D x 43 in. H.

LumiSource
$179.49 $76.75

This Venti Adjustable-Height Bar Stool offers a simple elegance with a hint of unique style. It comes with a comfortable quilted l...eatherette seat and it can be swiveled 360 degrees. The chrome bar stool can also be adjusted in height and it has a... read more

LumiSource
$409.49 $246.59

The leatherette finish of this Viva Barstool with polished chrome base, pole and accents will bring style and elegance to your hom...e bar. read more

LumiSource
$249.49 $121.92

Relax in luxury with the glamor of this simple and modern barstool. A fully cushioned foam seat and high backrest, leatherette fin...ish and starkly modern chrome footrest and base provide a perfectly stylish seat. read more

Home Styles
$359.49 $180.34

Step into a comfortable surrounding that is Americana. Rustic design elements are apparent in the strong lines of the straight sty...le legs and hand-applied antiqued white rubbed through finish providing an aged worn look. Constructed of rubber wood... read more

Generic
$69.00 $59.50

Add a new look and an additional seating option to your dining area when you use the Houston Swivel Barstool. This bar accessory i...s made with heavy-duty rubberwood construction for a durable performance. This swivel counter stool will complement most... read more

NFusion
$189.99 $138.99

Sturdy wooden legs and frame Quilted leather is stylish and comfortable The diamond-stitched pattern creates a one-of-a-kind look ...Curved armrests provide just the right amount of unobtrusive support No assembly required Seat: D 16 x W 17.5 x H 28" read more

Ashley Furniture
$359.49 $153.33

Incorporating opulent Old World details, including highly detailed aprons and fluted legs, the Crenlam swivel barstool turns back ...time in a fresh, new way. Plushly upholstered faux leather seat, punctuated with a string of nailhead trim for added... read more

Generic
$529.49 $208.02

Perfect for your kitchen, breakfast bar or game room, this contemporary bar stool set will be a stylish addition to your home. Gen...erously padded and upholstered in a grey leather look material, this stool is as comfortable as it is visually appealing.... read more

Bromi Design
$135.00 $110.73

Go mod and go marvelous with the Bromi Design Washington Adjustable Height Bar Stool. Ideal for any bar-height table or counter, t...his bar stool's seat height adjusts between 29.25 and 37.5 inches, so it's easy to find that perfect height. The black PVC... read more

Matrix
$219.95 $213.99

MTRX1010 Features Seat material: Leatherette Easily adjustable height Steady swivel action with sturdy stationary base Brushed sta...inless steel construction Frame Material: Metal Frame Finish: Silver Seat Material: Faux leather/Wood Style: Contemporary... read more

Dynasty Furniture
$157.90 $149.99

FNK1541 Features Alexander collection Plastic glides on feet Weight capacity: 350 lbs Large comfortable seat Bonded leather fabric... 360 Degree swivel Frame Material: Metal Seat Material: Fabric/Wood/Other Style: Contemporary Seat Style: Round Commercial... read more

Boraam
$239.99 $173.99

Add classic style and function to your kitchen counter, bar or dining area with this Boraam 29" Jones Memory Wood Swivel Stool. It... is constructed with solid wood and a swivel base along with relaxing armrests. This swivel stool with back is designed... read more

Barrington Home
$378.00 $329.79

Create a modern and sophisticated look in your dining area with the gorgeous Barrington Home Baltimore Tilt Swivel Bar Stool. Its ...luxurious, extra-wide seat and loose back cushion is upholstered in beautiful bonded leather that comes in your choice of... read more

Windward Furniture
$551.72 $328.34

CST9101 Features Traditional style Upholstered seat and back Scrolled arms Cherry finish Frame Material: Wood Frame Finish: Cherry... Seat Material: Faux leather Style: Traditional Seat Style: Round Seat Color: Brown Swivel: Yes Arms Included: Yes... read more

Best Selling Home
$779.95 $126.09

A Best Selling Home Decor Dutton Backless Swivel Bar Stool may be just the thing to marry two of your favorite styles and make the... whole room work. On top, it’s pure sophistication, with a clean round padded seat in your choice of bonded brown leather... read more

RAM Gameroom Products
$290.22 $178.00

Set of 2. Low profile back and footrest for comfort. Natural finish protected with UV coating resists fading. Made from kiln dried... bamboo. Authentic bamboo finish. 16.5 in. W x 18 in. D x 38 in. H (32 lbs.). Perk up the island splendor of your outdoor... read more

Baxton Studio
$380.00 $205.54

The Baxton Studio Bloomfield Swivel Bar Stool - Set of 2 is a humble power duo perfect for your transitional home bar or entertain...ing space. These bar-height stools are made from durable rubberwood and come finished in a luxurious dark cappuccino... read more

Safavieh
$455.99 $151.49

The retro inspired Soho gas lift bar stool is sure to impress your family and friends at your next get together. The Soho bar stoo...l is upholstered in a smooth black faux leather and stands on a classic stainless steel base. Closed back design and... read more

Armen Living
$607.99 $215.65

The Lisbon 26" Swivel Barstool will add a touch of class to a space. It features a brown leather back with an espresso wood frame.... This versatile stool will be ideal to use as an extra seat for a high table or around the bar area. The unique style will... read more

Flash Furniture
$209.49 $64.47

Flash Furniture HERCULES Series Black Grid Back Metal Restaurant Barstool, Wood Seat, Multiple Colors: Metal barstool Grid back de...sign Finished wood seat 5-year limited warranty (non-moving metal parts); 2-year parts warranty read more

Winsome
$299.49 $80.50

Crafted of beautiful solid wood in an Antique Walnut finish, these 30" swivel bar stools make a fantastic addition to your kitchen... counter, dining room or home bar. The comfortable black faux leather seats provide firm padding across a supportive... read more

Linon
$230.48 $59.99

The elegance and unique style of the Triena X Back Folding Bar Stool will carry throughout your kitchen, dining or home pub area. ...Finished in a rich espresso, the seat is upholstered in a wipe-clean brown vinyl. The folding feature makes it simple to... read more

Boraam
$219.48 $113.73

Upgrade the look of your home with the elegant Bristol swivel stool. The sleek frame combines with embellished upholstery to manif...est the perfect blend of style. The Bristol is composed of solid hardwood and is engineered to perfection. Each leg has a... read more

Baxton Studio
$470.00 $241.80

Baxton Studio Julie French Vintage Cottage Weathered Oak Beige Fabric Upholstered Barstool: Rustic country charm is captured in th...is barstool Subtle weathered oak effect finish and turning legs form the French farmhouse feel Linen fabric in beige lends... read more

Hillsdale Furniture
$249.49 $149.00

This Cierra stool is both contemporary and colorful. This bar-height stool features 360-degree swivel.

CorLiving
$142.83 $133.49

Style your home with this inviting bar stool from the CorLiving Collection. The DAD-504-B bar stool is the perfect way to relax in...doors at a 32-39 inch bar height. Easy to wipe clean, the tough black bonded leather seat and sturdy hardwood legs are... read more

Modern Home
$459.98 $109.95

Set of 2! Contemporary style with a retro flair! This Beta adjustable height barstool is now being offered in 4 fabulous colors! G...et just the right shade to match that funky lamp or your sleek kitchen or bar. The base and the foot rest are made from... read more

Frontgate
$499.00 $299.00

Enhanced with elegant details and individually applied nailhead trim, Manchester's solid-birch hardwood frame is now available in ...four rich, hand-rubbed finishes. Leather or linen upholstery complements the stool's classic lines. Imported. Handcrafted... read more

Crate&Barrel
$49.00 $39.00

Add extra comfort to Alfresco seating with fade-, water- and mildew-resistant Sunbrella acrylic cushions. The Alfresco Outdoor Sun...brella Chair-Bar Stool Cushion is a Crate and Barrel exclusive. • 100% solution-dyed Sunbrella acrylic • Foam insert •... read more

Crate&Barrel
$49.00 $39.00

Add extra comfort to Rocha dining chairs and bar stools with fade-, water- and mildew-resistant Sunbrella acrylic outdoor cushions.... The Rocha Outdoor Sunbrella Dining Chair-Bar Stool Cushion is a Crate and Barrel exclusive. • Fade- and mildew-resistant... read more

Crate&Barrel
$49.00 $24.97

Plush up our Union dining chairs and counter stools with a coordinating outdoor seat cushion covered in fade- and weather -resista...nt Sunbrella acrylic. Fabric tab fasteners hold cushions in place. The Union Outdoor Sunbrella Dining Chair-Counter Stool... read more

Crate&Barrel
$269.00 $249.00

Scaled up to sit comfortably at the bar, the Basque bar stool is designed in generous proportions with a tall, modified double-sla...t back and deep, comfortable seat. Simple and rustic in style, each bar stool is handcrafted of sustainable solid mango... read more

Crate&Barrel
$549.00 $489.00

This modern collection truly represents an "indoor room" that lives outdoors. Take a seat in urban style on our Dune Bar Stools, w...ith sleek outdoor-grade stainless steel frames covered in Batyline r synthetic mesh. • Outdoor-grade stainless steel frame... read more

Abbyson
$279.99 $237.99

Add a touch of sophistication to your bar with this Monica Pedersen high-back barstool from Abbyson Living. The neutral-toned came...l leather upholstery merges easily into your home's existing style and enhances the richness of the walnut-finished legs.... read more

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