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How to Select the Right Modern Bar Stools for Your Space

If you need bar or counter stools for your kitchen or entertaining area, there are many contemporary designs and materials to choose from that will seamlessly blend in with your style. Modern furniture designs offer plenty of fresh looks to enhance the personality of your home’s interior, and modern bar stools are no exception.

What are some characteristics of modern bar stool design?

As is typical of modern interior design, modern bar stool designs have clean lines, little to no ornamentation, and sometimes even have futuristic, space-age-inspired silhouettes characterized by geometric or curved lines. These streamlined bar stools blend in well with contemporary kitchen designs that feature full overlay, flat-panel cabinets with simple, sleek hardware.

Modern bar stools don’t skimp on comfort. And modern styles with padded seats can easily maintain their sleek profile, avoiding the appearance of being overstuffed like traditional bar seats. Backrests are also a commonly sought after feature with options that vary in height from low to high back. If simplicity is key, look for a backless bar stool with a tapered and bentwood base.

What type of bar stool goes best with my modern interior?

The versatility of a modern look makes it easy to complement your interior design with the addition of modern bar stools – no home bar required! Here are a few details to look for when shopping:

  • Curves: If a touch of glamour is what you’re looking for, certain modern bar stools have this quality thanks to curvaceous lines, sculpted arches, and contoured, scooped arms and backs. However, it’s quite common to find modern stools that appear more angular in design. Choose angles if you want your bar stools to stand out, and go for curving lines if you want to soften your space.
  • Molded frames, legs, backs: Molded, or one-piece frames, legs or backrests can give your bar stools a sleeker, more uniform look. Not all modern stools are designed or built in this manner, but you can certainly find these stools in a variety of common materials like wood, metal, and plastic.

What size modern bar stool do I need?

Modern bar stools come in an array of sizes to fit your needs. If you’re uncertain where to start, here are some quick tips:

  • Counter height: If your counters are 35 to 37 in. high, the best stools to use will measure 23 to 28 in. from floor to seat.
  • Bar height: For bars that range from 41 to 43 in., look for stools that are 29 to 32 in. high from floor to seat.
  • Extra tall: For extra-tall pub-style tables between 44 and 47 in. high, opt for stools that are 32 to 36 in. from floor to seat. These stools also work well for taller individuals (over 6 ft.).
  • Adjustable height: If you're going to use your stools in various places, or you want to have options when it comes to comfort, consider modern bar stools with pneumatic adjustable-height lifts.

When looking for modern bar stools, you have the option of matching the frame material with the hardware and fixtures in your kitchen or any other home space. Contemporary kitchens often include stainless steel, brushed nickel, and chrome finishes. If that’s not your style, you can always create a coordinated, cohesive modern look by selecting wooden bar stools with matte black or powder-coated black metal finishes. Either way, once you’ve found a design that catches your eye, you can get ready to enjoy your stunning, new seating additions.

More: Read our detailed Bar Stool Buying Guide