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Choosing the Right Bar Stool Height for Your Home

So, it’s time for some new barstools. But before you start shopping, you need to be prepared so you don’t end up with a barstool that’s taller than your kitchen island. Follow our quick tips to finding barstools that don’t fall short (or sit too high).

Tables, kitchen islands and bars are generally all standard size, but it’s extremely important to determine the exact height before you shop because not all stools are standard size. Usually, bar stools come in three different heights: table height, counter height and bar height. Be aware of this so you don’t end up with the wrong type in your home.



Begin by measuring the height of your surface. This could range anywhere between a counter height of 36” and bar height of 42”, so be sure you measure correctly.



Next, it’s time to match your counter height with the perfect barstool. A good rule of thumb to follow for this step is to have about 12 inches of space from the seat of the barstool to the bottom of the counter surface. This will allow you to easily get in and out of your seat comfortably, as well as tuck them under the counter when they’re not in use. We can help you find the perfect sized bar stool for your home at our gallery, but we’ve broken down a couple of surface heights for you to reference:

  • Surface heights between 35”-39” should have a bar stool that is around 24”-26”.
  • Surface heights between 41”-43” inches should have a bar stool that is about 28”- 30”.



Matching the right height to your countertop is only half the battle. You don’t want to end up with a stool that’s too high for your counter, but you also don’t want to end up with so many bar stools that your guests have no room to comfortably sit. It’s just as important to allow about a foot of room in between each bar stool to ensure comfortable seating.



Now that you’ve done all of your measuring, it’s time for the fun part- shopping! Be mindful when choosing the right bar stool for your home. Choose a style that’s entirely you and that goes with the rest of the decor and furniture that’s already in your home.

Also consider functionality with your bar stools. Are you and your guests going to be sitting on the bar stools for extended periods of time, a bar stool with a back will be much more comfortable than a backless stool. In this situation, you’ll also want to choose a bar stool with a comfortable cushioned seat.


At Pittsburg Interiors, we have a bar stool to fit your needs and your style. Whether you want something sleek and modern, or comfortable and cute, we would love to help you find the right bar stool for your home.


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