Finding the perfect stool is not an easy task! Whether you are looking to freshen up your seating options or you have just finished renovating your dream kitchen with that large beautiful island; you will inevitably arrive at the question of which bar stool will go best with your kitchen.
Luckily, we're here to help! Here are a few parameters that you should keep in mind when selecting the best bar stool for you:
We will admit, we have made this mistake (and more than once…). We found the perfect bar stool at the perfect price, ordered it and waited (and waited some more) and finally the stool was there! We opened the box and… sure enough the stool was too high to fit under the counter (or too short). A typical counter height is 36” and will require a counter stool seat height will be around 25”. If your counter is high (usually 42”) you will need a bar stool with seat height around 30”. One thing to always remember is to measure your own counters and double check the dimensions!
Your stool should be functional just like the rest of your kitchen . When you are choosing a stool you need to consider who will be sitting on it. If you have young kids who love to smother their pancakes with Nutella, you should probably avoid fabric upholstered stools :)
For a modern hip stool that is functional, easy to clean and comes in fun colors (you have ten to choose from!) check out the Nerd Bar Stool by Muuto.
For a more luxe look, these steel, brass and leather bar stools by Gabriel Scott have an edgy, high-end feel.
With or without back?
Backless stools are beautiful and sleek but can be less comfortable for young children and in instances where you will be spending a long time at the counter. We would recommend using a backless stool in rooms where space is limited since they can be tucked under the overhang and disappear when not in use.
The Gubi Beetle stool by the Future Perfect comes in all different configurations. It is a take on traditional Danish design with a modern twist.
For this kitchen we chose a backless stool since there is only a small clearance between the island and the cabinets behind. When they are not in use, they are neatly tucked under.
The most important thing to remember before you rush out to buy a stool is to make sure the height, shape and material works for your lifestyle and fit with your kitchen size and design. Good luck!