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How to Select Metal Bar Stools

Bar stools with metal frames have plenty of contemporary flair to them. They're ideal for modern interiors that call for streamlined designs. While shopping for metal bar stools, keep in mind the key issues of durability, finishes, and maintenance.

Are metal bar stools as durable as wood stools?

Metal frames are constructed to be as durable, lasting, and safe as wood bar stools. There are a few extra benefits to choosing a metal bar stool, such as:

  • Suitable for indoor/outdoor use: Many metal bar stools, depending on the finish and seating material, are rated for indoor/outdoor use. This gives you more flexibility in where you place them. Always look at the manufacturer's labeling to make sure they're suitable for outdoor use.
  • Best for basement bars: If you have a humid basement, opt for metal bar stools. They won't warp in wet conditions, and aluminum frames won't rust if exposed to moisture, either.
  • Some are stackable: Not only do many metal-frame bar stools have slim, streamlined designs, but many are lightweight and easily stackable for convenient storage, too. You don't have to worry as much about scratching their finishes.
  • Some are height adjustable: Single-pedestal metal stools often have hydraulic or gas lifts inside their cylindrical bases to adjust the seats' heights.
  • Ideal for modern interiors: Less-ornate metal frames topped with colorful red acrylic, fabric, or leather seats, for example, are perfect for contemporary and mid-century modern interiors. However, there are many ornate and curved metal bar stool frames that fit in well with traditional interiors, especially when topped with leather seats.

What kinds of finishes are available on metal bar stools?

Metal bar stools look distinctive lined up at a bar or counter thanks to their bright and shiny or elegant and matte finishes. You'll find everything from shiny chrome bar stools to matte powder-coat finishes in any color. Also look for brushed gold, antiqued bronze stools, and distressed finishes for a more rustic look.

How much space do I need for each bar stool?

Metal bar stools are available with different dimensions, and it helps to think about height and width. Ideally, your bar stools should be spaced at least 6 inches apart on both sides to give people enough room to sit down and get up from their seats. Although stool's widths can vary, a general guideline is to allow each one up to 30 inches of space along your counter. If you have a 12-foot bar, that means you can fit four or five stools along it comfortably.

How tall should my bar stools be?

The height of your bar also plays a role in stool comfort. Try to leave 10 to 12 inches of space between the seat tops and the lower edge of the bar counter. Metal bar height stools' seats are typically 29 to 32 inches from the floor, and these work well with bar counters that are 41 to 43 inches high.

Metal bar stools can add a sleek look to an already modern room. Choose your stools based on the features and sizes that make life easier — and more beautiful. With a little care, your metal stools will continue to look great and keep you and your guests comfortable for years to come.

Related: Visit our guide for more advice on bar stool dimensions for your kitchen or home bar!