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When You Belly Up To The Bar You Should Feel At Home
What is the best part about walking into any tavern or bar? Going straight to the bar, sitting down on a stool, and ordering yourself a lively. The bar stools of your favorite bar define the atmosphere and make you want to sit a spell. They are typically the reason why you feel so comfortable and choose that establishment again and again.

Sometimes it isn’t about the comfortability or your ability to settle in. Sometimes it is all about the ambiance that a barstool sets. Seats can remind you of a simpler time, make you feel chic, or even catapult you back to your favorite college tavern. The same is true of the barstools that you choose for your home.

Whether you are choosing bar stools for your bar area, or for your kids to sit, do their homework, and eat a quick meal together before heading to soccer, most kitchen islands have become the new “dining room” table. That is why, when you are choosing bar stools, there are many factors you should take into consideration. Sure, you want them to look nice and make a good impression, but you don’t want not to really “live” in the space because you choose stools that weren’t functional.

Before you choose any barstool for you home you should consider the following things:


Bar stools come in a variety of materials from aluminum to wood to plastic. Each has their pros and cons. Typically the more weight they have to them; the more expensive they are. It is critical to note, however, that the more weight they have, the better construction and the safer they are. If you are going to use them every day or have children, it is always better to consider materials that are sturdier, won’t show the “muck” quickly and come pre-distressed, so you aren’t concerned about every knick or scratch. Be conscious about the investment you are making in the respect that you don’t want to spend too little and end up replacing them frequently, but you also don’t want to overspend, and then be stuck with them for eternity.


Whether it is your bar area or your kitchen, you have to temper material with the overall style that you are trying to achieve. If you have an old farm house from the 1900s, you aren’t going to want to put 50s dinner seats in, nor are you going to want to put rustic wood bar stools in your contemporary white space. With so many seats to choose from, and so many manufacturers, there has to be a happy medium between durability and style, so don’t settle for barstools that don’t quite “fit”.


Too often we try to either use enormous barstools that barely fit under the countertop, overwhelm the space, or try to squeeze too many seats and end up feeling cramped. If you want to make sure that you have enough room, take into account the total square footage of the room. That will determine how far you want the stools to protrude into the surrounding area. Then you will want to measure the length of the countertop and divide it by the number of seats you think you want to accommodate. A good measure is to shoot for a minimum of 21” between chairs so no one will feel “cramped”. Finally, make sure that you measure the countertop height, so your knees aren’t bumping up against the underside.

Bar stools should be comfortable enough to make you want to sit a while, stylish enough to complete your overall decor, and big or small enough to fit in the space to make it cozy. has an abundance of brands, manufacturers, and styles to choose from to find just the right “fit” for your living area.