How to Choose the Right Stools for Your Kitchen

How to Choose the Right Stools for your kitchen

Finding the right stools for your kitchen is challenging because there are so many factors to consider, including height, style and comfort. Below is our quick guide to helping you find the best stools for your kitchen island, breakfast bar or even your in-home pub.

Chair height stool for pulling up to a secretary desk

Choose the right height

Chair (above), bar or counter height? To determine which stool you need, measure the height of your table or counter. Keep in mind you need 9″-13″ between the seat and the counter for seating comfort.

  • Chair stool heights are generally 18″ from floor to seat. Pair with a table or counter 28″-30″ in height.
  • Counter stool heights are generally 24″-26″ inches from floor to seat. Pair with a table or counter 36″-39″ in height.
  • Bar stool heights are generally 28″-30″ from floor to seat. Pair with a table or counter 40″-42″ in height.

 

How many stools can fit in your kitchen

Determine how many stools you can fit

It’s important to provide enough space between stools for people to eat, drink and socialize without bumping elbows. Here are the rules of thumb we use:

  • If the widest part of your stool is 16″-18″ allow 21″-22″ of space per stool.
  • If the widest part of your stool is 19″- 22″ allow 24″ to 25″ of space per stool.
  • If you choose stools that swivel and/or have arms, you’ll need to add a bit more space between stools.

Consider the style of stool

Do you want to make a design statement or do you want more discreet seating? Do you want to match or layer materials in your kitchen? And do the stools you really want work in the space you have? Your answers can help you determine the style of stool that will ultimately work in your kitchen.

If your stools are in a busy or narrow corridor or you don’t want a look that overwhelms your island, choose backless seating that can easily tuck away. But if you love to entertain and want something more lounge-worthy, choose a broad-backed stool with deep seating.

Allen stools in your kitchen

If you’ll use your stools where food is served, consider a low-maintenance material, such as leather, wood or metal. If you choose upholstered stools, choose a microfiber that easily wipes clean. Or, choose cushions that you can swap out.

Right stools for your kitchen

Whether the style of your kitchen is traditional, rustic or contemporary, you can find a stool that complements your look. There’s no need to be too matchy-matchy. If, for example, your dining room is adjacent to your kitchen, it’s not necessary to match the style of seating. And if you already have a lot of wood, try mixing it up with metal stools. Keep an open mind, and you’ll find just the right look for your kitchen.

Still having trouble? Here’s our handy infographic:

How to choose the right stool size

Browse our vast selection of bar stools and counter stools for even more ideas, or follow our Kitchens Pinterest Board for inspiration.

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93 Comments

  1. Reply

    Linda Hudson

    May 31, 2017

    Thank you for share this useful information, It has helped me a lot in selecting the best kitchen chairs or really it’s beautiful as well. I have purchased it now to Artefac.

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    Lelia Audino

    May 2, 2017

    HI, i’m trying to find two suitable counter height chairs that will compliment my kitchen. Do i try to match them to my kitchen table chairs or change it up. Also colours??

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      May 3, 2017

      Lelia,
      Whether to match your stools with your kitchen chairs is a question we get a lot and a tricky one! My vote is to change it up, mostly because it’s so hard to find chairs and stools that match perfectly. If they aren’t exactly the same, try something different but coordinating. It’s hard to make a color suggestion without seeing photos.
      Best of luck!

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    Nadine Singh

    February 3, 2017

    My counters are 46 inches high. Have you seen bar stools that are taller than 30 inches so a person would be able to sit comfortably? If I got normal bar stools the counter would reach my chest.

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      Annika Dupree

      June 8, 2017

      Nadine,
      We do offer bar stools in which the seat is taller than 30 inches. For instance, our “Bailey Woven Stools” have the seat at 32 & 3/4 of an inch high with a cushion. The overall height of the chair is 43 inches high. You can find this bar stool here: .

  4. Reply

    Florence

    December 31, 2016

    PS, or should I just put one large Moravian star light in the middle like a chandelier???

    Thank you!

  5. Reply

    Florence

    December 31, 2016

    Hi there, I have a two-fold question – my 36″ x 60″ kitchen peninsula is attached to a wall on one of the short ends and one of the long ends has cupboard doors so only one short end and one long end are free for seating. The cupboards are white, the counter top is black granite and I have gunstock coloured wood floors. Ten years ago when I had the peninsula installed, I intended it as a breakfast bar for my three kids never imagining it would turn into the hub of everything. At that time I purchased 3 very good quality Cape Code type chairs (white painted wood rather roomy chairs with vertical slats in the back rest and foot rests) that are 17-1/2″ wide at their widest point which is the front of the seat. Two chairs are placed along the long side of the breakfast bar and 1 at the short end. My kids are grown up and moved away now and I find that when I entertain, everyone heads for the kitchen and those seats are highly coveted prime real estate. Everyone one wants to sit at the breakfast bar but there are only 3 chairs. What kind of seating can I get that would be comfortable and fit 3 along the long edge? Is this possible for a 60″ space? I wouldn’t be able to use my current chairs as it is way too tight with all 3 of them along the long edge. I considered a bench at one point, but 37″ from the long edge of the breakfast bar there is a wall the length of the kitchen so it would make it difficult to get in and out as it is pretty much boxed in there. And second question, I am changing the location of my ceiling lighting, moving it to over the breakfast bar and installing pot lights throughout the kitchen. I want to install some Moravian star pendants over the breakfast bar as pictured in this post, but I don’t know how many to use and what size they should be. Should this decision be based solely on the 60″ length of the breakfast bar, or does the number of seats along the long edge come into play, or does the fact that one edge is adjacent to a wall count for anything? Help please!

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      January 3, 2017

      Florence,
      You’re question is difficult for me to answer without seeing photos, but our Design Solutions team could easily make some recommendations for you. Submit your question (with photos) to this form, and they’ll reach out to you. Sorry I can’t help, but I don’t want to suggest something that wouldn’t work in the end. Our DS team can do a layout plan and make more specific measurement-specific recommendations. Best of luck!
      Caroline

  6. Reply

    Corey Bronstein

    October 12, 2016

    hi we have an island that is 9′ long and want to put 4 chairs (with arms) under it….can we accommodate 4 or should we go w/3? thx

    • Caroline McDonald
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      How to Decorate

      October 18, 2016

      Corey,
      That’s a tricky question, but we do have some suggestions for you. We’ll assume that your barstools are between 19-24 inches wide, and as a general rule of thumb, we recommend leaving 8-10 inches between stools that wide. If you have a more narrow stool (19 inches), we think you can squeeze in 4 stools. However, if your stools are closer to 24 in wide and if they swivel, we would suggest just using 3.
      Hopefully that helps! Also you can reference this handy guide if you need.
      Best of luck.

  7. Reply

    Caroline

    October 12, 2016

    I am trying to decide if the end caps on my island are long enough for counter stools. The openings are only 22 inches wide. Is that enough space to fit a counter stool with still being able to comfortably scoot in and out without bumping your knees?

    • Caroline McDonald
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      How to Decorate

      October 18, 2016

      Caroline,
      It really depends on the width of the stool you’re using. We typically recommend leaving at least 6 inches on either side of your stool to allow for space to get in and out. If you’re using a narrow, backless stool — something like our Allen Stool, we think you could probably squeeze it into the space. Because it’s backless, you don’t need quite as much room for maneuvering in and out.
      Hopefully that helps. Best of luck!

  8. Reply

    Katie

    August 26, 2016

    Hi! I am wondering if you could tell me where I could find the white stools with the low back that are pictured? what is the name?

  9. Reply

    Tanya

    August 20, 2016

    My counter top is around 43 inch in height-question is would bar stools 26 inch in height going to be small for my counter tops?

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Tanya,
      We typically recommend a 28-30 seat height to work with a bar height counter, and since your bar height is already a touch higher than most at 43 inches, we recommend at the very least getting a thick cushion that could help make up that extra height of your 26″ stools.

  10. Reply

    Kathy Brennan

    July 9, 2016

    I’m wondering if a patterned fabric on upholstered counter stools is too busy against granite counter tops….

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 11, 2016

      Kathy,

      We don’t think so at all! It all depends on the type of granite and the fabric. We suggest ordering some swatches and holding them up to your countertops!

      Another advantage to patterned counter stools? They’re better at concealing spills!

      Happy Decorating!

  11. Reply

    Elaine

    June 30, 2016

    We have an outdoor bar and everyone is a different height and size! We are 5′ 0″, 5’5″, 6′ 1″, and 6’5″. Our bar is rustic. Any suggestions?

  12. Reply

    Edith

    June 18, 2016

    My lunch bar is 46′ can I get the 33′ or 36′

  13. Reply

    Connie

    April 3, 2016

    oh I love this look….where di the lights come from please!?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      April 4, 2016

      Connie,
      The green kitchen has the Moravian Star Pendant, and the white kitchen has the Eldridge Pendant.
      We hope that helps!

      • Ane Fagerhøi

        January 21, 2018

        Hi!
        Can you tell me the color code on the green kitchen with the gold handles and the big star lights, please?
        Best regards Ane

      • Caroline McDonald

        Caroline McDonald

        January 24, 2018

        Ane,
        The color is Pewter Green (SW6208) by Sherwin Williams. It’s a gorgeous kitchen. So glad you like it!
        Caroline

  14. Reply

    Paul

    December 3, 2015

    Hi. I have a 36″ island in my kitchen but the clearance from the floor to the moulding is 31.5″. I am interested in a counter stool that is 26″ that has a good amount of padding on the seat. I imagine that the padding will give an inch or two when sitting on it. Is this enough of a clearance? This will be our primary eating area and we want to make sure we are comfortable. Thanks!

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Paul,
      As a general rule, you want between 9-12 inches of clearance between your seat and your countertop.

  15. Reply

    cat

    October 1, 2015

    Do all bar stools need to match? I purchased two stools (which are actually too high), however, feel the need for two more and couldn’t find them so I opted with another set of two similar in colour. Should I just continue to look for 4 matching?

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Cat,
      While it’s possible to pull off a set of 4 mix and matched bar stools, our strategy would be for each of the barstools to be drastically different. Rather than a pair of matching and a second set of matching. Does that make sense?

  16. Reply

    Debbie

    September 8, 2015

    Which stool would you recommend ? The top of my counter is 44 inches high but there is a ledge and the leg clearance is only 38 inches.( it is 15 inches deep)

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2015

      Hi Debbie,
      Our Design Solutions team can offer some suggestions for you. Simply complete this form and our Design Solutions team will reach out to you. Be sure to include photos of your space so we can give you the most helpful advice and tips!
      The How to Decorate Team

  17. Reply

    Jean

    August 24, 2015

    I have a table 32 inches high. What height bar chairs should I get

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Jean,
      A regular seat height chair (about 18″) would work best.

  18. Reply

    jen

    August 10, 2015

    i only have an 8 inch overhang. is that enough space to put a stool that is 18 inches deep?

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Jen,
      Generally speaking, 8 inches is too shallow for a traditional bar or counterstool, but as with so many things in the home, it’s a question of personal preference. We might suggest choosing a backless stool as that should help the stool tuck under and not feel like it’s protruding into your room so much.

  19. Reply

    Katherine

    August 9, 2015

    How can I get the barstools in the fourth photo? I don’t see them on your website.
    Thank you!

    • How to Decorate Team
      Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 13, 2015

      Katherine,
      We’re so sorry, but they’ve been discontinued!!

  20. Reply

    Karen

    July 30, 2015

    Hi. Can you tell me the color of the paint used in the first and third photos? Thank you. Such an informative article. LOVE YOUR BLOG

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2015

      Hi Karen,
      The paint color in the third photo is Benjamin Moore’s Bennington Gray #HC-82. The green kitchen cabinets are Sherwin Williams Pewter Green #6208.
      Happy Decorating!

  21. Reply

    Ann Martin

    June 30, 2015

    Can I send you a pictire of my kitchen island colors so you could help me with the color of the chairs to go with it. Thank you

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 22, 2015

      Sure! Simply upload the images here and be sure to include plenty of details for our design team!

  22. Reply

    Valerie

    June 21, 2015

    I love your Perry Counter Stool, however hesitant to order because the description says the seat height is 28.5″. My counter is 36″. That seems high for a counter height stool. Can you please advise. Thanks.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      June 25, 2015

      Hi Valerie,
      Our Perry Counter Stool is meant for a standard counter height, so it should be perfectly fine with your 36″ counters. The seat of the stool does give a good bit when you sit down on it, so when you’re actually seated it would be around 26-27″ high.
      Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

  23. Reply

    Jbarbs

    May 18, 2015

    Hello –
    I just had a carpenter cut my wall to as low as he could go in my Kitchen. Leaving the kitchen side looking lower than the den side because of a step down into the den. The 1/2 wall where I’d like to put a bar stool is 108 inches tall and I am having a hard time finding a stool. Any suggestions?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 31, 2015

      Hi jbarbs,
      We can definitely make some stool suggestions. Simply complete this form (don’t forget to include photos and measurements!), and our design team will contact you with a plan and next steps!
      The How to Decorate Team

  24. Reply

    Ann

    April 17, 2015

    Which stool do you feel compliments a country kitchen? Our island will be counter height.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      April 17, 2015

      Hi Ann,
      There are a couple of options we think would work nicely in a country kitchen, depending on which direction you’d like to go. For backless counter stools, we love either the Dorchester Stool or the Mallory Slipcovered Counter Stool. The Mallory Slipcovered Stool would look fabulous with a large buffalo check fabric on the slipcover!

      For a counter stool with a back, we imagine a Constance Counter Stool in either weathered oak or worn white would look fantastic. Or the classic lines of a Windsor Counter Stool might complement the details of your kitchen as well!
      We hope that helps.
      Happy Decorating!
      The How to Decorate Team

  25. Reply

    Susan

    April 8, 2015

    i have a kitchen island /w counter height stools at it. I can’t decide whether to purchase an counter high table & stools or a bar height table & stools to be put relatively close to the island. Is there a general rule of thumb or is it just personal preference?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      April 10, 2015

      Hi Susan,
      Thanks for your comment. It’s really a personal preference as to what you like!
      The How to Decorate Team

  26. Reply

    Terisa

    February 4, 2015

    I want to purchase the gingham kitchen valance and panels. The inside of my window frame is 36″. How would I hang these curtains?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 25, 2015

      Hi Terisa,
      You can find the check panels here. We also suggest hanging drapery panels 3-6 inches above the top of the window moulding.
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

  27. Reply

    Linda

    January 21, 2015

    Hi..I just received 2 Dorchester Bar stools and the farmhouse coushions.Love them! My counter height is 40.I did read your article.My question is with the farmhouse cushions being so thick(which I love) could I use the counter stools with the cushions at the 40 inch counter or will that be to low..They are a bit to high with the bar stool and I would like to keep the cushions…Thank you

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Linda,
      This should work. It might be about a half an inch too short, but that should be fine!

  28. Reply

    Jose Santa Cruz

    November 15, 2014

    Can i get a free catalog send to my address 1625 Rain tree circle
    Sulphur Springs TX, 75482
    We need Great ideas from Great people like your selfs to help in the decor of our home . Thanks!

  29. Reply

    Carole

    November 13, 2014

    I have a bar/counter that is 42 inches off the floor to the top of the counter. The granite width is 12 inches with only a 3 inch deep overhang. What size barstool would you use? What total height since I want stools with a back on them. I’m looking at a stool with these dimensions 46”H x 18”W x 22”D Would these work. Please give me any pros or cons you might see.
    Thanks you

    • Caroline McDonald
      Reply

      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Carole,
      Any standard bar height stool should work with your space.

  30. Reply

    Sudarto

    November 2, 2014

    You are right. Choosing the right stool for our kitchen is not easy. My wife’s been looking for it for days. Moreover, if funds are limited. Of course, many factors must be considered so as the wishes to get the best can be fulfilled. Cheap but good. It is difficult. Your instructions are very helpful to us.

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    Sandy

    September 30, 2014

    When the stool specifications state Seat Height – 25 inches – does that mean from floor to the base of the seat or to the top of the padding of the seat?
    Thank you.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      October 9, 2014

      Hi Sandy,
      Thanks for your comment. That is to the top of the padding, so if you are sitting in it, some upholstered stools may sink a little bit. But all of our counter stools are meant to be used at a standard counter height island or peninsula, and likewise with bar stools.
      Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

  32. Reply

    Lisa P.

    September 30, 2014

    I have an island that has an 8 inch overhang. I’d currently have saddle style stools, but would like to buy some 18″ square stools. Is the overhand to short for the square stool? Also, there is 38 inches between the edge of the overhang and my built in oven. Will the square stools take up too much space?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      October 9, 2014

      Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for your comment. Stool shopping can be tricky, so we understand. In terms of the size, it depends a lot on personal preference. Standard overhang depth for a counter is usually about 12-15 inches for the most comfortable seating, but again it depends on your preference. Look around your house for a chair that is about the same size as the stool you’re considering and test it at your counter. You can also use some painters tape on the floor tucked under the counter to see if it will take up too much floor space and create traffic issues near your oven. Hopefully that will ease your concern!
      Best of luck,
      The How to Decorate Team

  33. Reply

    Pat

    September 29, 2014

    I have a carera cook top island where the top of the island is 39″ from floor but the bottom is 37′ from floor. What height seat do you recommend?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      October 9, 2014

      Hi Pat,
      Thanks for your comment. A standard counter height stool should work perfectly in your space.
      Happy Decorating!

  34. Reply

    Karen b

    August 31, 2014

    Thank you for this post! I am working backward. Have some nice counter stools but not the counter to put them at any more and they never fit well at the old counter. Can’t wait to get the right size table for them and I appreciate the information.

  35. Reply

    Debra

    August 2, 2014

    Q: We like your Constance counter and barstools. I have two questions: (1) Our counter height is 46″. Would the 29-3/4″ height barstools be too low? (2) Our kitchen table and counter are just feet away from each other. I was thinking of the Weathered Oak finish for the barstools and the Chestnut finish for the counter stools at our table. Do you think this would look okay?

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 28, 2014

      Hi Debra,

      Thanks for your comment. We actually have a free service for our customers called Design Solutions where offer problem solving and design plans. We’d be happy to help you pick the correct stools for your space. Simply complete this form, and our Design Solutions team will create a plan for you!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

  36. Reply

    Melissa

    July 12, 2014

    Hello..

    this is a great article..but I need more help! My counters are 34.5 inches tall. What size counter stool should I get? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thank you,

    Melissa

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 30, 2014

      Hi Melissa,

      It sounds like your countertops are just a touch shorter than standard height, but we would still suggest a counter height stool.

      Hope that helps,
      The How to Decorate Team

  37. Reply

    norma

    May 7, 2014

    I am searching for comfortable barstools for my customized 45″ high counter. Would love to spend less than $100 each if possible. Any ideas.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      June 6, 2014

      Hi Norma,

      Thanks for your comment. We would love to give you some suggestions for bar stools. Our design services team can create a full plan for your space! You’ll need to submit your questions using this form and our team can get working on it. Usually there’s about a week turn around!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

  38. Reply

    Brandi

    April 23, 2014

    I have a 42 inch breakfast bar at my new house and I’m hoping to use the 27 inch stools from my previous house. Do you think it will be too short? One of my friend has the 31 inch bar stools at her breakfast bar and I always find those uncomfortable to get on and off.

    • Reply

      How to Decorate Team

      April 28, 2014

      Hi Brandi,

      Thank you for your comment. We would love to help you figure out the right size height for your stools – in fact, we wrote an article about just that topic! We hope this helps you determine the best size for you and your family.

      Hope that helps,
      The How to Decorate Team

  39. Reply

    Nan

    March 18, 2014

    Is the kitchen featured at the top of the article (with the green cabinetry and marble counters) the Southern Living 2013 Idea House kitchen? Looks exactly the same and it’s driving me nuts.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      How to Decorate Team

      March 19, 2014

      Hi Nan,

      Yes, you’re correct. This is the kitchen from the Southern Living 2013 Idea House in Nashville which we sponsored. We’ll also be sponsoring the 2014 Southern Living Idea House. Good eye!

      Thanks for your comment,
      The How to Decorate Team

      • Nan

        March 19, 2014

        I love it! Can’t wait to see what you do next!

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    Wendy

    November 28, 2013

    I have a chocolate brown leather sofa and matching recliner. My end table and coffee table is the industrial style with metal and mango wood tops (light natural wood color). I have black granite counter tops. Would a wood cappuccino color swivel bar stool with black leather seat covers work? Have a new town home and have not chosen a table and chairs yet either. Thinking about a cream distressed display cabinet in my kitchen. Would best stools blend ok? Thx

  41. Reply

    Billy

    November 20, 2013

    I have a light colored wood bar top, would an expresso bar stool with black seat work?

  42. Reply

    counter height dining set

    November 1, 2013

    Thanks for your wonderful post. I really like the information which you have sgared in your post.

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    Sheryl

    July 26, 2012

    I am remodeling my kitchen completely and am putting in new cabinets with a counter height bar. My question is I would like a counter height chair with depth like 24″ and have not been able to find any except with arms. I am afraid the arms will prevent chair from being close enough to bar to be comfortable. The stool swivels and I think that might also keep chair further away from bar. Do they make armless couter height chairs with depth in seat of 24″? Thanks

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    Stephanie

    June 14, 2012

    Can I put a barstool with my island that doesn’t have an overhang? My island is 36 inches tall. Would I need your 24 or 30 inch barstool?

    • Reply

      Ballard Designs

      June 19, 2012

      You can use stools around your island, although there is no overhang. The stools should be 9″ up to 13″ lower than the height of the counter, so using a stool that is 23 up to 27″ is about the size you should look at.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Pat

    October 12, 2011

    I have a dining table in my kitchen, just a few feet away from the bar. Should the barstools match the table chairs?

    • Reply

      Ballard Designs

      October 12, 2011

      Pat: The barstools can coordinate or you can try to match them. Sometimes if you can’t match a finish closely, the best thing to do is coordinate another color into the mix.
      The Style Studio Team

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    yanni

    October 7, 2011

    Hi Ballard,
    I need a stool that can fit my counter top. I measured the height of my contertop from the floor is 43″. You suggested to choose the metal one if we have a lot of wood chairs already, what color is the best to match the brown colour of my dining table?
    Thank you.

    • Reply

      Ballard Designs

      October 10, 2011

      Dear Yanni: The height of your counter determines that you will need a bar height stool. Because we do not know what color brown nor the style of your dining room set is, it is impossible for us the suggest a color fro your bar stools.
      Sincerely,
      The Style Studio Team

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    Pam

    October 6, 2011

    Hi Ballard:
    This page was helpful. It would be even better if:

    a: The photos under each guideline matched and illustrated each piece of information given under each segment. For example: height, overhang, swivels, arms/no arms, style options, narrow passages, overhang, seating material, etc…

    b: Diagrams for measurement would be helpful.

    c: There were more related photos and style suggestions (for stools available through Ballard, under each segment of info.

    Thanks.

    • Reply

      Ballard Designs

      October 6, 2011

      Pam: We would love to add additional information to all of our “How To” articles, but feel that they would be exceedingly long. We try to give as much information as we can in a few concise paragraphs. Our hope is that if anyone has additional questions – that they will email Style Studio so that we can answer their questions directly. We constantly strive to give our readers information that will help them make informed decisions when it comes to home decor.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Cynthia Fogle Yunk

    October 5, 2011

    We need a bar stool that the seat is over 30″ high; preferably 36″ because our bar heigth is 48″. Does your company have any that high? If you don’t do you have any suggestions.

    • Reply

      Ballard Designs

      October 6, 2011

      Cynthia: Unfortunately Ballard does not do custom bar stools. The seat height ( 36″) you are looking for is a custom feature. Our bar stools are between 28 to 30″ high (seat). Our suggestion is to go online and locate companies that produce custom bar stools – you ahould be able to order exactly what you want.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Jennifer

    October 5, 2011

    Thank you so much for this advice. I am trying to find stools for my kitchen and now I can order with more confidence that I’m getting the right thing!

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    Joanne Fishman

    October 4, 2011

    Helpful with stylish examples.

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    Jenny

    October 4, 2011

    Thanks – I like info-driven ads so I can make a better decision before purchasing. We’re in the market for new kitchen island chairs and this ‘informercial’ helps.

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    Marcia Clapp

    October 4, 2011

    How much overhang should a counter have to comfortably fit a bar stool under?

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      Ballard Designs

      October 5, 2011

      Marcia: Overhangs can vary – the average barstool is approximately 18 to 20″ deep, so if you choose a barstool with no back you may want the overhang to be about 18″. It all depends on whether you want all of the stool to be tucked under the counter. If the barstool has a back – measure from the front to the beginning of the back to determine the amount of overhang you want. An average overhang for a counter is between 10 to 12″ but nothing is etched in stone. Just make sure that the overhang is supported by counter brackets or corbels for a sturdy countertop.
      The Style Studio Team

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