Bar Stool Purchasing Guide

At Barstool Boutique, we believe shopping should be simple and fun. Buying a bar stool can be easy or terrifyingly difficult, depending on where you look. Instead of getting overwhelmed by the abundance of options, styles, features, sizes, colors...(you get the idea!), we've decided to streamline the process to make your shopping experience delightful!

Browse any collection to unlock our dynamic product filtering capabilities on the left-hand side of your screen. As you determine what you're looking for, you'll notice the products changing to match exactly what you want.

SEAT AND BACK HEIGHT

The first thing you should be addressing is the height of the bar stool. There are 5 height types to choose from:

  • Shorts = 16" - 24"
  • Counter = 24" - 28"
  • Bar = 28" - 34"
  • Extra Tall = 34"+
  • Adjustable = variable height

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Make sure to leave about 10-12 inches of space between the height of the seat and the table, bar or counter above it.

If you're using a stool for a kitchen island, outdoor bar or any other place you'd like to stow it when not in use, a backless or low back seat back height will be necessary. Otherwise, feel free to experiment with options you think will make your guests happy and comfortable!

When you're browsing our collection, the name should determine the height for you. We name all backless and low back bar stools as "stools" and all mid and full back stools as "chairs". If a product has arms, it's an "armchair". So using this system, a "Counter Armchair" is a bar stool with a seat height between 24" and 28" that has a seat back and arms. Got it? Great!

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HOW MANY BAR STOOLS DO YOU NEED?

A good rule of thumb for purchasing bar stools is to take the total amount of inches your bar, counter or table requires and divide that number by 26-28 inches. 

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STYLES

We offer a variety of styles that you can access through our navigation menu at the top of the page. Please note that some styles fit your bar stool requirements better than others:

  • Contemporary - "Today's" style. Features are more subtle and urban. Designs have softer lines, deeper upholstery. clean lines, soft edges. Great for all uses.
  • Rustic - Simple and sturdy. Usually made out of wood. Built to last with a country sensibility. Great for home bars and some outdoor use.
  • Modern - Sleek and eye-catching lines that focus on function and organization. Great for kitchen islands and bar tables.
  • Industrial - Iron and antique design. Great for home bars, tables and open spaces.
  • Other Styles - Try Retro for that 1950's Jetson's look! Traditional stools use dark wood and ornate designs for a classic, Victorian look. Coastal stools are light, made of teak, wicker or bamboo, and designed for outdoor use in good weather.

FEATURES

Our bar stools have a variety of features you can choose from in the filters:

  • Air Lift - Most adjustable stools come with hydraulic air lifts for easy adjustment in spaces where you need seat height flexibility
  • Arms - We label all bar chairs with arms as "armchairs" to make selecting the perfect product easy
  • Cushion - Most cushions are made of high-quality PFC foam. You can learn more in each product description
  • Distressed - If you're looking for that reclaimed or chic aesthetic, browse our distressed collection for finishes that will de-stress your shopping experience!
  • Eco-Friendly - We always try to partner with brands that follow eco-friendly practices, including using reclaimed wood, recyclable or bio-degradable materials and chemical-free finishes.
  • Swivel - Most swivels are designed to rotate 360° though some in this collection only rotate 180°
  • Weather Resistant - Stools in this collection are designed for rugged and outdoor use

 

 

 

 

 

 

[EXTRA] NAMING CONVENTION WRITTEN PREVIOUSLY

First off, we name things a little differently than other sites. By simply looking at the name of one of our products, you can easily determine the seat height, back style and arms of a bar stool.

The second word in the product name ("counter", "bar", "adjustable", etc.) refers to the seat height of the product. Here's what each option means

  • Short = 16" - 24"
  • Counter = 24" - 28"
  • Bar = 28" - 34"
  • Extra Tall = 34"+
  • Adjustable = variable height

Next, there's a big difference between a stool, a chair and an armchair.

  • Stool = bar stool with no seat back or arms
  • Chair = bar stool with a seat back, no arms
  • Armchair = bar stool with a seat back and arms

So using this system, a "Counter Armchair" is a bar stool with a seat height between 24" and 28" that has a seat back and arms. Got it? Great!

Now let's talk about styles. At Barstool Boutique, we understand that every customer has different preferences and we provide the best selections for each type of design sensibility.

  • Traditional - Usually made out of dark wood with darker fabric, leather or leatherette seats. Can have ornate features or designs.
  • Contemporary - "Today's" style. Features are more subtle and urban. Designs have softer lines, deeper upholstery. clean lines, soft edges. Modern materials with simplistic design
  • Rustic - Simple and sturdy. Usually made out of wood. Built to last with a country sensibility.
  • Modern - Sleek and eye-catching lines that focus on function and organization.
  • Retro - 1950s diner sensibilities. Curvy, loud and fun.
  • Artistic - The delight is all in the details! Expressive and fun.
  • Coastal - Light and made for outdoor use. Made of light wood, wicker, bamboo and light fabrics. Brightens up the space it sits in.