Bar Stool Buying Guide

It's often the final step in completing your home bar, and one of the most important: choosing your bar stools. The right bar stools can blend seamlessly with your bar, matching its style and sitting at just the right height for the counter. Most of all, they need to keep your guests comfortable so they want to spend plenty of time at your place. There are a near-endless amounts of different bar stools, so before you take the plunge on that bar stool set, consider a few key factors that can help you narrow down your options.

Style

Choosing bar seating that fits the style of your home ensures that the bar is a cohesive addition, and that each room in your home flows naturally into the next. Bar stools made primarily of wood fit well into rustic style homes, while metal or plastic are common materials for contemporary bar stools, which also often use lines in a unique way. You may want to extend it even further, and choose a style that fits well with both the area and the type of home, e.g. coastal style grey bar stools for a home by the beach or contemporary metal bar stools for a modern, high-rise apartment.


Features

Simple features often make all the difference when it comes to keeping your guests comfortable. Adjustable height seats aren’t just for the barber shop anymore, as adjustable height bar stools accommodate guests of any height. Considering how tall bar stools can be, a footrest adds a nice touch so people have somewhere to place their feet. Swivel bar stools have long been a fixture at many bars, making it easy for guests to turn around and talk among themselves at your home bar.


Height

If you don’t go the adjustable height bar stool route, your bar stools need to match your bar’s height so guests can comfortably grab drinks and rest their arms on the bar. For a standard bar, you can safely choose bar height stools. However, if your bar area is a kitchen counter or at that height, bar height stools are too tall, and you should go with counter stools instead. Shorter stools are uncommon for home bars, unless of course you’re setting up a kids’ section off to the side.


Backs

What type of back you choose for your bar stools depends on the look and the level of comfort you want. Backless bar stools are a popular choice, particularly when it comes to swivel bar stools. If you want stools that offer some degree of back support, low-back and high-back bar stools are both options, with low-back stools offering some back support while being similar in appearance to backless bar stools, and high-back bar stools offering the most support.


Seating Material

You don’t want to take your choice of seating material lightly, because if you make the right choice, you’re going to want to spend plenty of time sitting there. Wood is a common material for bar stool frames and seats, offering a traditional look and durability. Leather bar stools emphasize comfort and have a luxurious appearance. Plastic and metal bar stools fit the modern aesthetic and are another durable option. Whatever you choose, make sure you know how to clean it in case of spills.


Color Patterns

The majority of the bar stools out there are solid colors, and for good reason, as they fit a variety of rooms and blend into your bar without overpowering it. However, make sure to check out some different color patterns as well, because you may find the perfect pattern to enhance your home bar. If you want to add an eye-catching element, a wild print pattern could be just what you need to get people’s attention.