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There’s nothing more annoying than sitting on a stool that’s the wrong height. Too short, and you feel like a Hobbit, too high and you’re knocking your knees. Besides being super uncomfortable, a too short, or too tall stool is not the greatest look. To help navigate the wooden bar stool department, here’s a little how-to to help you pick the right stool for your space.
Counter VS. Bar
You may be surprised to hear that there are difference between bar stools and counter stools. Though maybe not if you’ve been sitting on the wrong sized stool! So what is the difference between the two? Well that all comes down to height.
Counter stools are typically lower, but not that low! A comfortable height is around 24-29 inches tall, and what you would use to sit at the kitchen counter. These stools sit well under a counter height that’s between 34-39 inches high.The Cherner bar chair is made of molded plywood and slips underneath the kitchen counter at 25 inches tall.
Bar Stools, on the other hand, are about 30-36 inches tall, and are used for, yeah you guessed it, sitting at a bar. These moderns stools are best suited for bars or counter tops that are 40-46 inches from the ground. Though the bar stool is available in both counter and bar stools heights, the bar stool has a seat height at 29.5 inches tall.
Start by measuring your bar or counter from floor to the top of the bar. And it never hurt to measure twice, just to be as accurate as possible.
After you’ve measured you can pick the right stool height by subtracting 10″ from your counter height. Doing this will give you ample room from the seat of the stool the bottom of the counter top. To get the perfect stool height, measure from the feet to the seat.
Go for Adjustable
Uncertain of your measuring skills? That’s okay, adjustable stools to the rescue! Adjustable modern stools are also great option for growing children who may need a higher seat to start.
Adjustable stools are also great for using in multiple areas. The swivel tool is great to go from counter, to table, to desk, all with a twist of its adjustable seat.
Knowing the height of your bar stool is only half the battle. Once you have the ideal height for your set up, you’ll need to figure out how many stools will fit. Too many and you’ll overcrowd your counter, too few and you ’l l be left with a sparse and bare space.
People should be able to get in and out of their seats with ease, and eat and drink without bumping elbows. You’ll want each stool to sit about 26-30 inches apart, that’s measuring from the center of one stool to the next. There should be about 14 inches left inbetween the last stool and the wall. No need to crowd the last person against the wall!
Go With Your Decor
Once you’ve measured, twice that is, you’re ready to pick a stool. You’ll find that there are plenty of modern stools to choose from when it comes to designing your space. Be sure to choose a stool that will go with your decor and meet your needs.
But don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Modern stools are a great way to mix up your styles by bringing in something unexpected. If you’re going to be sitting for a longer period of time then be sure to choose a stool that has a back for a more comfortable seat, like the mix of traditional and modern style of the one more stool.Bring in a different texture, like the oversized cork seat on the Bouchon Stool from Domitalia. The backless stool helps to keep things casual.
Have you had your own idea now? Just think about the article above, and then go to purchase your dream bar chairs.