Stools are a versatile option for casual seating arrangements. They are inexpensive and easy to carry around. When shopping for a bar stool, you should figure out the design and if it will work well in your space. You should also consider the height of your surface to choose the height for your bar tools.
We’ve put together some tips and instructions on how to choose the right bar stool.
Measuring for Stool Height
The height of your stool will depend on the height of the bar counter. Before going out to buy a bar stool, you need to measure the height of your counter. Use a measuring tape to do this and measure it twice for accuracy.
Measure the height from the surface of the floor to the surface of your bar counter. Note down this number in a proper notebook or a phone app so you don’t forget it soon.
While most counters fall within standard height ranges, there may be exceptions. Standard residential bars can be up to 42 inches high. These are the standard measurements, but it is completely possible for a carpenter to deviate from these standard ranges and design the furniture differently.
Besides, even with standard measurements, it is possible for counters and stools to have different heights due to their shape and design. For precision, it is best to take your own measurements before buying a bar stool.
To give enough legroom, there should be a difference of nine to 13 inches between the counter and the stool. Counters are usually 36 to 39 inches in length. Subtracting a difference of 13 inches, the bar stool should be 23 to 26 inches in length. This is a general figure and it may not be right for you.
To get accurate measurements, measure the height of your counter and subtract 13 inches. The height of your desired stool should also be measured similarly. Use a measuring tape and measure the height from the surface of the floor to the top of the seat.
A difference of 13 inches will give enough space to keep one’s legs crossed while sitting on the stool and not be uncomfortable.
Number of Bar Stools
It may be likely that you want to buy more than one bar stool. If that is the case, you should measure the width of your bar counter to determine how many stools you can place. There should be enough space between each stool so your guest can get in and get out of their seats easily without troubling the person sitting next to them.
The ideal space to leave between two consecutive stools is six inches. You can leave more space if you want your bar counter to be spacious. Doing this will leave less space for more stools though. Aim to strike a balance between the number of stools and the space between each of them.
Types of Bar Stools
While shopping for a bar stool, not only do you need to consider its height but also what shape and design it is. The shape and design can also affect the height of the stool and how much space it takes when placed next to a counter.
Here are some common types of bar stools.
These stools come without the support of the back. They are less comfortable if one is sitting on them for long periods of time. However, due to their design, they take up less space and can easily be slid under the counter when not in use.
Back with a Lip
These stools have a small strip of material for support. Usually, this strip is up to the middle of the back. They are more comfortable than stools without any back support.
These stools have a full back for support. They are the most comfortable when it comes to sitting for long periods of time.
When you have guests over, you want them to sit comfortably while enjoying your hospitality. If a stool is too short, it will be uncomfortable for you taller guests and your guest won’t be able to sit properly due to the reduced legroom. If a stool is too tall, your shorter guests will struggle to sit on it.
Since bar stools come in many shapes and sizes, it can be easy to get confused about which one to buy. With the correct measurements, you will find the right bar stool for your individual needs.