Are you shopping for bar stools for a kitchen island or counter? Look no further because this is the only kitchen island stool guide you will ever need!
I’ll help you choose the perfect seat height, spacing and modern look for your kitchen. Plus I will make your shopping even easier with a fabulous collection of the best bar stools ranging in a wide array of styles and price points.
Bar stools can be a great addition and serve your kitchen in multiple ways beside just a fun place to sit. They can also become an amazing decorating focal point for your home kitchen as well.
So all the more important to know the guidelines before buying so you can make the best choice for your home!
Choosing the right bar stools for a kitchen island is more than just about the style of the seating. You want a stool that is of high quality, comfortable, fits your space well, is the right height and cleans up easily!
DON’T MISS THIS: Speaking of kitchen islands, I have some fabulous ideas on how to decorate this focal point in your kitchen! Be sure to check out my post on these easy 8 Kitchen Island Centerpiece Ideas found HERE.
If you have already started shopping for a kitchen island, breakfast bar or basement bar that needs some stools, you may feel a tad overwhelmed with lots of questions. There’s endless options and different sizes to select from. So how do you find the perfect choice for your kitchen?
My simple guide has all the answers! Learn about al the different bar stool sizes, understand how to space them correctly, and find the most lovely styles at every price point.
Bar Stools For A Kitchen Island
If you’ve already started looking for your new kitchen bar stools, you may have noticed there are two different heights.
So let’s talk about the correct measurements you need to know before you buy!
What’s The Difference Between Bar Stools And Counter Height Stools?
There is a major difference you need to pay close attention to between a bar stool and a counter height stool – it’s the total height of the stool. So which one is the right bar stool size for your home?
Bar height stools are for a higher 42″ bar counter. Counter height stools are specifically meant to fit a lower 36″ counter height.
Bar Stool Height
The countertop on standard bar counters is usually between 40 to 42 inches high. So in order to sit comfortably, you want to select a bar stool around 28 to 30 inches tall.
Counter Stool Height
A standard countertop (including most kitchen island countertops) varies from around 36 to 39 inches. So, you want to select a counter stool that measures about 24 to 26 inches from floor to seat.
TIP TO KEEP IN MIND: You’ll want about 10″- 12″ between the top of the stool seat to the underside of the counter.
How Many Stools Fit At A Kitchen Island?
When it comes to spacing of kitchen stools, it’s important to allow enough space between stools for people to eat, drink and socialize without bumping elbows into each other.
Especially at a kitchen island or counter which is usually the busiest area in the kitchen.
So I have an easy way for you to figure this out! It’s a very simple math equation.
How To Calculate The Correct Number Of Stools For The Island:
- First, measure the length of the kitchen island or counter top of seating area.
- Next, divide the length by the amount of space you’d like for each seat.
If you choose swivel bar stools and/or stools with arms, you’ll need to add a bit more space between the seats. Here is a general size tip guide:
- If the widest part of stool is between 16″-18″ allow for about 21″-22″ of space
- If the widest part of stool is between 19-“22″ allow for about 24″-25” of space
A good rule of thumb is to leave 8-10 inches of seating space between each stool. This will allow people enough room to get in and out of the chair without bumping into each other.
You also want to keep in mind the spacing between the back of the bar stools and any walkways or objects like dining table furniture, cabinetry, walls, etc. Allowing for about 3 feet of space in this dining area should be adequate.
How To Choose The Perfect Bar Stools
Here are a few key elements to consider before you select your kitchen island stools or counter-height stools.
FAQs About Bar and Counter Stools
36 Statement Bar Stools For A Kitchen Island
I wanted to find you a top pick selection of bar/counter stools, so I’ve decided to split them into two kitchen island bar stools categories.
The first collection of 20 stools are more pricy, luxurious finds over $400.
And the second collection of 16 stools is more budget-friendly, looks for less at a great value price of under $400. A little something for every style and budget!
Sources are linked below each image and most are available in both bar and counter height bar stools.
LUXURIOUS STOOL SOURCES: (top row) | balboa rattan counter stool | fenton leather stool | boucle oak counter stool | britt stool | moore stool | (second row) | charleston counter stool | riviera rattan swivel stool | dessau black and white stool | natural cane counter stool | bennett stool | (third row) | dayna stool | upholstered counter stool | black and brass counter stool | makena swivel chair | avalon rattan swivel stool (fourth row) | maison leather stool | woven bar stool | cafe bistro swivel stool | metal cantilever upholstered stool | natural solid wood wishbone stool |
BUDGET STOOL SOURCES: (top row) | rattan swivel counter stool | white counter stool | black counter stool | woven counter stool | (second row) | woven counter stool | ivory counter stool | cline counter stool | windsor wood frame counter chair | (third row) | folsom counter stool | rye bar stool | rattan counter stool | curved back upholstered stool | (fourth row) | wingback upholstered stool | orchard rattan stool | leather seat swivel stool | bailey woven stool
Even though these stools are more reasonably priced doesn’t mean they are any less beautiful! I think I would take any of them for my kitchen, wouldn’t you?!
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