Picking the right barstools
Counter, tables or freestanding
Have you ever sat in a barstool and felt like you were back in elementary school or maybe your legs were hitting the edge of counter? That’s because the barstool was the wrong height for the counter.
Barstools come in may shapes or sizes to match any decor, but choosing the right one can often be so daunting. Some basic guidelines to follow when considering a barstool in your space.
Back or No Back
Make sure to consider whether you want a barstool with or without a back into consideration. Backless barstools will give the space a cleaner and sleeker look and will take up less visual space, which is important in a small space, but if it is a place to gather, consider a back as they are much more comfortable for you and your guests. Also, if there are young kids in the household, having a barstool with a back is may be a better option for safety and support.
Matching Wood Finish
When choosing wooden barstools, consider the other wood finishes in the kitchen (cabinets and hardwood flooring). Matching the same finish gives a uniform look or select a darker or lighter wood for more of a contrast and pop of color.
There is a height difference between bar and counter stools. Counter stools fit under 36″ high counters and barstools fit under 42″ high countertops. When you decide to shop for new barstools, measure the height from the floor to the underside of the counter to make sure you choose a barstool or counter stool that is the right height. Do not forget to factor in the arms of a barstool to make sure they are able to tuck under the counter without the arms getting in the way.
Depending on how much time you will spend sitting on the barstools, you may consider a barstool with a cushion or padded seat for comfort and support.
How Many will you Need
The general rule of thumb is to allow 26-30 inches between the centers of each barstool, or on stool per 2-2 1/2 feet. This makes sure everyone has enough arm room and is comfortable in your space. Also, keep in mind to allow 15 inches from the end of the counter to make sure the stools don’t now look too crowded.
Once you have chosen the perfect barstools, your kitchen or space will be a popular gathering place for friends and family.