It’s hosting season! Be prepared to receive your guests in style and comfort around your bar or counter. Hosting evenings often begin in the kitchen where families and friends gather to catch up on the latest news, grab a first drink, and nibble on a few appetizers. Make sure you are ready by choosing the right bar and counter stools for your space.

What to know before buying a stool

Stools come primarily in three different heights. The two most common are counter stools and bar stools. The best way to differentiate them is by the size of your counter. Counter stools are smaller than bar stools and therefore will be used for surfaces that are less tall. This WAVE stool comes in both counter and bar format! The third type of stool is the spectator stool; also known as a stadium or extra tall stool. This stool is less common and is used when additional height is needed, for example when viewing the television.  Another important factor to consider before buying a stool is the height and width of your counter top and the height of your stool. How do you choose the right stool for the height of your counter?

Choosing the right height for your bar stool

One thing is certain; you buy your stools to fit your counter. The first step is therefore to measure the height of your bar, counter, or table.  Once you have completed this first step, you can choose the appropriate stool. Here are a couple of guidelines based on counter height to help you pick the best stool for your Holiday dinner:

  • A height of approximately 36 inches will require a counter stool. These stools are between 24 to 26 inches.
  • A height of approximately 42 inches will require a bar stool. Bar stools are around 30 inches in height.
  • A height of approximately 48 inches will require a spectator stool. These stools vary between 34 to 36 inches in height.
  • For all three types of stools, allow 9 to 12 inches of space between them and the counter or bar surface for leg space.

Do not feel too defeated. An easy option is adjustable stools just like the VORTEX. They have become increasingly popular with their “one size fits all” model which allows people to adjust their seating height to any counter or bar.

Choosing the right number of stools 

Generally, stools are bought as a trio. However, how can you be sure of the number of stools you will need? Here is where the width of your counter top or bar comes into play. A rule of thumb is to measure 26 to 30 inches from the center of your counter to both its left and right side. That is the space required for optimal comfort between stools.

Design

Now that you know how to find stools that fit with your counter, let’s talk design! The look of your stool will make your evening chic and fabulous. Choose a stool that matches well with the surroundings of your room. You also want to choose a stool that is comfortable. One thing is for sure, you want your guest to sit comfortably during your festive evening! What about practicality? What about kids? Choose a stool that is easy to clean by buying one with either no cushion, spill or stain resistant, or made with leather.

You are now ready to host your festive Christmas evening with family and friends in style and in comfort. Happy hosting!

For more inspiration, take a look at our Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/mobiliacanada/autour-du-bar-around-the-bar/

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