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Things to Consider Before Buying Saddle Bar Stools

Sleek and stylish, saddle bar stools are a distinctive seating option perfect for anyone interested in adding contemporary design or an on-trend look to their room. Typically backless, these stools provide maximum freedom of movement with a slim profile that's ideal for every space.

What are saddle bar stools?

Bar stools come in all shapes and sizes. As the name implies, saddle bar stools have seats that look similar to the saddle you’d expect to see on a horse. The seat shape is usually rectangular and concave. It may be padded and upholstered with leather or fabric for added comfort. Or it may have a hard surface that's easy to wipe down for simple care.

Saddle bar stools are often wooden. You might also find them with metal frames or frames made of mixed materials, such as metal with wood. From a style standpoint, the look is timeless yet effortlessly modern thanks to the geometric lines of these kitchen stools.

What size bar stool do I need?

As with any important furniture purchase, finding the right bar stools requires a little planning. A quick way to start is by identifying where you plan on placing the stools in your home. For use at a counter or kitchen island, look to the counter-height bar stools that reach 23 to 28 inches in height. If you intend to pair your bar stools with a home bar or pub table, browse through the bar-height stools with heights in the range of 29 to 32 inches. And if you need even more height, check out the extra tall bar stools that sit 33 to 36 inches off the ground.

In addition to measuring for height, consider the full amount of space you have available. We suggest allowing for about 6 inches of space between each stool for the most comfortable seating when all bar stools are in use.

How do I incorporate saddle bar stools into my home decor?

Comfort and style are key when looking for functional seating, and saddle bar stools can have plenty of both. Warm wood tones easily coordinate with many countertops and decor styles. Stools in more subtle color tones are great when your room decor is already brightly established. Conversely, if you’re in need of a pop of color or want to make a splash with your seating, consider saddle bar stools painted in bright colors or upholstered with colorful materials. Decorative extras like contrast stitching, buttons, or nailhead trim can also add that personal touch.

The full shape of the stool is also worth taking into consideration. Because you’ll want to choose a bar stool that works best with your style, paying attention to the details goes a long way in ensuring a well-coordinated look. Saddle bar stools with spindle legs or X-detailing can fit charmingly into a cottage-style or farmhouse interior design. While more oval-shaped seats and backrests evoke the trademark curved lines found in mid-century modern interior design.

Are there any other benefits in choosing a saddle bar stool?

One of the biggest benefits saddle bar stools can offer is a traditionally backless seating design. This feature allows for the stools to tuck neatly under your table or counter when not in use. Whether you’re furnishing a small space or have ample room to work with, the slimmer profile of saddle bar stools makes them a popular choice for nearly any aesthetic.

If you’re looking for bar stools that are a little unique and a whole lot relaxing, consider bringing saddle bar stools into your home. Choosing a saddle-style bar stool is a great way to add decorative flair without sacrificing comfortable seating. Fun conversation over coffee or drinks is sure to be enjoyed by all perched atop a saddle bar stool!

Related: Learn more on How to Choose Bar Stools with our detailed guide.