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The Right Height

Be sure to select the right height for your stool, whether that is counter height, bar height, or extra tall. Watch our sizing video and use our diagrams and easy instructions to determine what height stools will work best with your table, counter, or bar.

Step 1 – Measure

Measure the height of your counter or table from the floor to the underside of your counter. We recommend measuring twice, as your counter or table height will determine the proper bar stool height. Once you know your counter or table height, simply match this with the appropriate diagram to find the correct bar stools.

Note that all bar stool "seat height" measurements refer to the distance from the floor to the top of the seat.

Bar Stool Sizing
Step 2 - Determine how many bar stools you need

Figuring out the right number of bar stools for your counter or pub table is easy. Follow the industry standard, which allows 26-30 inches between the centers of each bar stool. This will provide adequate spacing for people to eat, drink, and socialize.

Step 3 – Decide what features and style you want

Hayneedle.com offers thousands of bar stools in an extensive variety of styles and materials in all three height categories. Choose from bar stools with or without seat backs, with or without armrests, swivel or non-swivel, upholstered or non-upholstered, adjustable or stationary, and more. Learn more about your options here.

Commercial or Residential?

Commercial stools are designed to handle heavy use associated with restaurants, bars, and other public spaces. Commercial grade bar stools are available with similar options as residential stools, like swivel, backrests, or padding and upholstery. If you intend to use your stools in a commercial setting, be sure to purchase commercial grade stools for durability and to insure that the manufacturer’s warranty will apply.

If you are purchasing stools for residential use, you can choose from either our residential or commercial grade stools.

Wood or Metal?

Most bar stools and counter stool frames are either metal or wood. Metal options range from a rustic bronze finish to a modern-looked chromed steel finish. Wood stools can offer a more traditional look. Crafted from select hardwoods, these stools come in a wide range of finish colors and even feature options like swivel and backrests. Determine if you prefer metal or wood styles to help narrow your choices.

Upholstery, Padding, Backrests, and Arms

Many people prefer a well-cushioned seat and comfortable backrest when relaxing for a meal or drink. We offer thousands of bar stool options with upholstery and backrests for the comfort-minded. From luxurious leather to modern microfiber, there are plenty of options to help you find the perfect match for your space. In addition to backrests, some people also like to have arms on their stool for a comfortable and relaxing experience. We offer hundreds of styles with either metal, wood, or upholstered arms.

Swivel and Lift

Add to your bar stool’s functionality by choosing a model with a swivel seat, or adjustable height. Swivel bar stools are a favorite in public places and private homes for allowing you to easily turn in your chair. Bar stools with an airlift lever, also called gas lift, under the seat allow for smooth adjustment of height, helping you find the most comfortable position for your stool. These features transform your stool from a stationary seat to one that offers expanded comfort and versatility.

Counter Height Bar Stool Diagram
A counter-height bar stool is
commonly 23-28 inches from the floor
to the seat (23- to 28-inch seat height).
Pair counter-height bars tools with
35 to 37-inch table heights.
Bar-Height Bar Stool Diagram
A bar-height bar stool is commonly
29-32 inches from the floor to the seat
(29 to 32-inch seat height). Pair
bar-height bar stools with
41 to 43-inch table heights.
Extra Tall Bar Height Bar Stool Diagram
An extra-tall bar stool is commonly 33-36 inches
from the floor to the seat (33 to 36-inch seat
height). Pair extra-tall bar stools with 44 to
47-inch table heights.
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