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Best Bar Stools

Modern homes these days now include a mini bar or bar-height counter. Thus, bar stools are a given. Lots of home and office furniture manufacturers are now designing and creating versions of the perfect bar stool and it’s time that you also know more about this nifty piece.

Buyers Guide

  1. What is the perfect height for bar stools?

    Answer: A standard height for a good bar stool is 26 inches or 30 inches. Then again, the bar stool that you need will be based on the actual height of the counter. Majority of kitchen counters have a standard 35 to 37 inches of height, so if the eating area is taller than this measurement, you will need a bar stool that is at least 30 inches.

    Bar stools with a height of 34 inches or taller are ideal for counters with heights measuring more than 42 inches.

  2. What types of bar stools are available?

    Answer: There are two main types of bar stools and they are the following:
    • Wood – This kind comes fully-painted or stained. Quality models have chip-resistant veneers or finishes/staining which seals the wood and protects it. Also available in distressed finish for a more rugged and worn look.
    • Metal – Can be had in different finishes. The baked and powder-coated ones are more scratch and chipping-resistant compared to spray-painted models.

  3. What features should I look for in quality bar stools?

    Answer: Footrests are found on quality bar stools. The footrest allows diners to sit comfortably and maintain good posture. Height adjustment is also another excellent feature that a good bar stool comes with. This feature helps you determine the precise measurements when figuring out the accurate seating height required to fit beneath specific bar/kitchen counter heights.

    Back rest is another nice feature to consider especially if you have kids at home. The back rest gives sufficient support so users will not fall off accidentally whenever they are seated. It also makes sitting on bar stools more comfortable.

  4. What upholstery is often used on bar stools?

    Answer: There are lots of upholstery options available for bar stools. The most commonly used materials include wood, fabric, plastic and acrylic, vinyl and leather. Match the upholstery of the bar stool to the style and décor of the kitchen or bar area.

Our Top Picks


Boraam 48829 Augusta Bar Height Swivel Stool, 29-Inch, Cappuccino

  • Solid hardwood build
  • Fine faux leather
  • 360-degree swivel
  • Easy to assemble

Your minibar is not complete without the Boraam Augusta Bar Height Swivel Stool. Constructed for daily use, great for kitchen counters and bar counters. Durable thanks to solid hardwood design and engineering. Completely stable, will not wobble and features 360-degree swivel. Includes footrest for comfort. Easy to put together. See more in this review.


UrbanMod 24 Height 330lb Capacity Gray Kitchen Counter Chair Island Outdoor Industrial Galvanized Metal Bar Stools, Silver

  • Modern sleek design
  • Stable and durable
  • Perfect height
  • For indoor and outdoor use

This set of UrbanMod bar stools is a nice choice for your minibar at home, the kitchen counter and businesses like cafes and bars. The stools feature great construction with the use of heavy-gauge steel, first-rate welds and a finish that adds strength to the entire stool. It has a perfect countertop height to boot. Check how these stools work in this review.


Winsome 94084 Satori Stool, 24″, Walnut

  • Backless saddle seat style
  • Solid beechwood material
  • Available in matte black/walnut finishes
  • Strong square legs

The contoured, broad top and strong legs of the Satori Stool from Winsome is a sure winner. A comfort to sit on and worth the money due to its reliable construction and solid beechwood material. The square legs are sturdy and can accommodate a good deal of weight. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. Smooth, level edges and meticulous varnish. Get more insight in this review.


Modern Square PU Leather Adjustable Bar Stools with Back, Set of 2, Counter Height Swivel Stool by Leopard (Black) by Leopard Outdoor Products

  • Built-in 360-degree swivel
  • Height-adjustable
  • Contemporary style
  • Airlift handle

These Leopard Outdoor Products bar stools with fully integrated 360-degree swivel. It’s upholstered to boot for comfort by means of high-density foam and finished with elegant black faux leather. The polished chrome base adds more panache to the whole look and for additional relief, includes a footrest. Airlift handle makes height adjustments easy as pie. See more of this bar stool in this review.


Ashley Furniture Signature Design – Challiman Bar Stool – Counter Height – Set of 2

  • Industrial-style metal legs
  • Wooden plank-style seat
  • Adjustable feet levelers
  • Requires assembly

The Challiman bar stools from Ashley Furniture Signature Design has a look which is both ideal for country-style and modern kitchen counters/bars. The build is durable, solid and distinctive. The seat has a plank style supplemented by veneers and wood detailing plus adjustable leg ends. Includes footrest so you can sit on it with comfort. Built to last and reasonably-priced; a very nice deal. See more in this review.


Homall Modern PU Leather Adjustable Swivel Barstools, Armless Hydraulic Kitchen Counter Bar Stools Synthetic Leather Extra Height Square Island Bar Stool with Back Set of 2 (Black)

  • 360-degree swivel
  • Air-lift handle
  • Black boned leather
  • High-density sponge padding

The Homall Modern Adjustable Swivel Barstools have pretty wide bases which makes them stable and strong. The added high-density sponge padding makes the barstool a breeze to sit on. Excellent height is also ideal for bar and kitchen counter use. Has excellent weight capacity, can accommodate bigger individuals. Features complete 360-degree swivel care of Air-Lift handle. Check this one out in this review.

Our guide on quality bar stools end here; just remember the essentials mentioned in this guide to determine which barstool is right for you.