Kitchen Benches, Stools & Bar Stools

Kitchen Bar Stools

Kitchen barstools come in a variety of unique configurations and offer you a way to make a common dining experience more elegant. Whether they are at the counter or a dining room table, bar stools provide a welcome change to both your decor and dining experience.

What are some uses for barstools?

Although they are made to provide seating at a bar area, you can utilize bar stools even when you do not have a bar in your kitchen.

  • You can use these swivel stools simply as an elegant alternative to standard furniture. They come in a variety of hardwoods, fabrics, leather, and other materials, not to mention different styles and heights.
  • A bar stool can serve the same purpose as any chair, particularly for home office needs, as many of them have comfortable padding or support for the lower back. Several types of bar stool also swivel, a feature found in most chairs that are made for office use, further enhancing the versatility of the simple stool.
  • Stools offer space-saving options as most swivel easily and are backless. You can use stools to fill a room with extra seating without things getting too crowded. Consider using bar stools with leather upholstery or cushioned seating for a comfortable, elegant experience. Many stools have adjustable heights for easy use at a counter or breakfast bar.
  • Creative artists, designers, and craftspeople may find swivel counter stools work well at drafting tables and similar work surfaces that are adjustable to counter height.
What is the correct spacing for bar stools?

Although bar stools are versatile and somewhat smaller than other chair types, there are still some accepted guidelines regarding the proper amount of space between each stool. If you are using them as counter stools, you should measure from the center of the seat of each stool to the center of the adjacent stool. Between these two points, there should be at 26-inches of space. While you are making these measurements, be sure to measure the height of the counter or table under which you plan to place the bar stools. A counter height of at least 7-inches should be between the top edge of the counter and the bar stool to ensure there is enough leg room for you and your guests.

How can you protect your floor from bar stools?

Because you will need to move barstools used as chairs to different areas of the kitchen or living room, it is not uncommon to scratch surfaces made of hardwood or other such materials. One solution to this problem is to use swivel bar stools. These types of stools allow you to maneuver while the stool remains in place, thus avoiding damaging the floor by scooting the furniture back and forth from the counter. Another way to protect the various delicate surfaces of your kitchen is to add some padded fabric or upholstery squares to the bottom of the stool legs, which will protect the finish from damage when you need to move your bar stools.