Guide to Buying Bar Stools

Date Published 8th October 2015

There are thousands of choices when it comes to buying bar stools. It’s a crucial piece of bar furniture and as bar owners, you need to take your time looking for, comparing, and deciding which ones to buy. Aside from buying good quality ones, you also need to find the bar stools that are of the right height and style for your bar tables.

Consider these tips as your guide to buying bar stools.

Select the right height for your bar stools.

A common bar-height bar stool is 29 to 32 inches from the floor to the seat. Pair these with 41 to 43-inch table heights.

As a rule, there should be about 10 inches between the seat of the bar stool and the bar table surface.

Measure the width space so you will know how many bar stools to purchase.

Don’t forget to measure for elbow room and general comfort. This is especially true if you are purchasing fixed bar stools.

To get the width space, measure the width of the bar stool and add two inches for elbow room. Divide the length of the bar counter by that number, remembering to round down (if the answer you get is 5.4, buy five bar stools) since it’s better to have more space than overcrowd your space.

Decide on bar stool materials.

The materials that make up your bar stools affect the product quality and price. Choose bar stools that are for commercial use; make sure to purchase for durability. Ensure that they are also protected with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Bar stools should blend in with your bar’s interior decoration. So whether you have an old-world pub, tropical resort, or contemporary cafe, buy pieces that seamlessly blend and complement your decor.

These pieces of furniture are usually made of wood or metal and can be upholstered. Each of these options comes with its advantages and disadvantages. Wood and metal bar stools are durable, long lasting and often do not require maintenance. Some bar owners choose upholstered bar stools provide comfort. Depending on the material used, they can be easy to clean and maintain. Leather, microfiber, and polyester are more stain-resistant than fabric, an important factor when you serve food and beverages.

Decide on the style of the bar stool.

After you decide on the material, you need to decide the style of your bar stool. You can often choose from these features:

  • Swivel or stationary
  • With or without backrest
  • With or without armrests

When you decide on style, factor in function and your target/ideal customer base. For example, swivel bar stools are generally easier to get on and off and do not need to be rearranged as they effortlessly turn to their original positions after use. However, swivel bar stools might be a challenge for small children or elderly guests. It would also require more spacing in your bar counter-stool design layout.

Backless bar stools require less space, making them easier to move and tucked in out of sight when not in use. These are ideal for counters that are overhang or have less depth. However, these offers less support, so extended seating periods are not encouraged. Armrests give the same comfort as bar stools with backrests but also take up additional space.

Don’t forget to combine feature with function when deciding on which bar stools to buy for your bar. Take time to measure your bar tables, take into consideration the layout of your bar and its theme, and consider other factors mentioned above to ensure that you will be satisfied with your purchase.

We offer an excellent selection of bar stools to make any bar functional, comfortable, and stylish. Check out our range of bar furniture as well to complete all your furniture needs.