When picking out new bar stools for your home, a number of criteria should be kept in mind, with one element held in a higher regard than all others…bar stool height. A bar stool’s size is measured in seat height, or the height from the floor to the top of the seat base. There are not too many different stool sizes, or seat heights, on the market, although finding a seat height for just about any situation is rather simple. Sizes generally range from 18 inches up to 36 inches and most sizes can have multiple uses. Some of the more common uses of all of the different stool sizes are shown below.
18 inch stool heights are typically the smallest size available, as shorter heights would be too small for anything practical for most adults. An 18 inch stool size is commonly used in areas where your counter, desk, or table is around 30 inches high. This stool size is typical in bathroom vanities and make-up tables. They have also been known to hang out in theater dressing rooms and casino slots.
24 and 26 inch bar stool heights are rather new and are designed to be used for counter heights of 36-39 inches. This seat height was designed specifically for kitchen counters, usually where there is no extra room for the conventional table and chairs. They can also be used at kitchen islands, given the island is the same height as a regular-sized kitchen table and not taller.
A 30 inch stool size is the most practical seat height for home use, given its versatility. A 30 inch stool height is designed primarily for bars and counters that are 40-45 inches tall. This seat height works great as pub stools in your home bar, billiard room and game room, as they add ambiance and atmosphere to your activity area, while providing a spot to sit and spectate or wait for your next turn. This stool size also works well for garage work and repairs at a tool bench or workshop.
A 34 inch height does exist, but is a custom made size. Typically, there is no specific use for this stool size unless you have a bar with a height of 46 inches. If not, then practical purposes for this particular stool height are quite uncommon.
35 and 36 inch heights, or spectator stools, are most commonly used in billiard rooms around billiard tables and in other recreational areas. These pub stools can also be used in conjunction with extra tall 47 and 48 inch counters and taller pub tables. Obviously, spectator stools allow a person to sit up a few inches higher than other bar stool heights, allowing its user to better spectate, or watch, the activities occurring.
Before you choose any other characteristics for your new bar stools, figure out what bar stool height you require by measuring the height of your bar, kitchen countertop, desk, or any other piece of furniture suitable for bar stool use. Once seat height has been calculated, you can then choose other wanted features, such as backs vs. no backs, arms or no arms, wooden or metal seat and/or frame, stationary or swivel, and padding vs. solid wooden or metal seats. A bar stool’s height is the most important thing to consider in terms of comfort and practical usability, whereas other factors primarily focus on secondary comfort and aesthetic qualities.
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