Let’s begin with the basic question – what is the difference between bar stools and counter height stools? What do you need to know when you shop for stools for your kitchen?
How do you tell the difference? We shall try to give an answer to all these questions and show you different styles of counter stools so that you can choose the ones that will fit to your home.
What is the difference between bar stools and counter height stools?
Although both types of stools may seem quite the same and interchangeable they differ in function and purpose. Bar stools, in general, are higher while counter height stools are lower. However simple, this is a visual difference. The general rule is that counter stools have a height of 24-26 inches (60-66 cm) from floor to seat. They are designed to fit to a table or counter with standard height of 36-39 inches (90-100 cm).
How to choose counter height stools?
When choosing counter height stools the first thing we need to do is measuring. Besides the measures we gave above, you need to make sure that you leave the necessary clearance for comfortable seating. Normally the clearance is between 9-12 inches (22-30cm) between the top of your leg to the bottom of the counter or table.
Another important measurement will give you an idea how many stools you can arrange. The distance required for normal and comfortable seating and considered as optimal spacing is 26-30 inches (66-76 cm) measured from the center of one stool to the center of the stool next to it.
In terms of design you can choose from the numerous shapes and styles, as well as materials – backless, with or without arms, upholstered, wooden, metal, with contemporary or traditional design – the options are limitless. Swivel stools are an excellent option as and they are ideal for contemporary and industrial interiors. Footrests are a must. They have a crucial role for the comfort, especially for adults. Most designs have footrests, but just pay attention as no one is comfortable sitting when his legs are dangling without any support.