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Bar & Counter Stools

How to Choose the Right Stool Height for Your Home

Stools are versatile seating options that can enhance the functionality and style of any space, be it your kitchen, patio, or living room. However, when it comes to choosing the right stool height, there are a few factors to consider beyond simply aesthetics. In this how-to post, we will guide you through the process of measuring stool height, adding multiple stools, and selecting the perfect style to complement your home.

Types of Stool Heights:

To ensure a comfortable seating experience, it's crucial to measure the height of your surface before purchasing stools. There are three main stool height categories: table, counter, and bar. Here's a breakdown of the recommended seat heights for each:

Table Stool Height: Tabletop surfaces typically range from 28 to 30 inches in height. For a table stool, aim for a seat height of around 18 inches from the floor.

Pictured Above: Panama 26.5" Curved Back Cane Rattan Counter Stool, Set of 2, Ivory White Boucle

Counter Stool Height: Countertops generally fall between 36 to 39 inches in height. Opt for a counter stool with a seat height ranging from 24 to 26 inches.

Pictured Above: Milan 29.5" Modern Resin Webbing Back Bar Stool with Arms, Set of 3, Ebony Black Bouclé

Bar Stool Height: Bar tops are typically 40 to 42 inches high. Select a bar stool with a seat height of approximately 28 to 30 inches.

Spacing Multiple Stools:

If you plan to incorporate multiple stools, it's essential to ensure sufficient space between each stool for easy movement. The amount of space required depends on the diameter of the stool seat and whether it swivels. Here are some general spacing guidelines:

Stools that are 16 to 18 inches wide should have a minimum of six inches of space between each stool and the ends of the bar or counter.

For stools that are 19 to 22 inches wide, or smaller stools with swivel functionality, maintain a spacing of approximately eight to 11 inches between each stool.

Selecting Your Style:

Once you have determined the appropriate stool height and quantity, it's time to consider the style options that align with your space's aesthetic. At Jennifer Taylor Home, we offer a diverse range of stools to suit various design preferences. Here are a few options to consider:

With or Without Arms:

Pictured Above: Williams 27” Swivel Counter Height Bar Stool, Natural White

Stools with arms can provide comfort during longer seatings - perfect for when you're sitting down for a bite to eat or for watching a game from the bar.

However, armless stools are not as wide as stools with arms, and will likely allow you to seat more stools in your space.

Swivel Stools may also be ideal for locations that may not allow for much space between stools.

Pictured Above: Aerin Hammered Brass Backless Round Bar Stool and Counter Stool

Backless or Full-Back Stools:

Opt for a backless stool for a sleek look that can easily slide under the table or countertop when not in use. If you prefer additional back support, choose a sturdy full-back stool.


Choosing the right stool height is essential for both comfort and functionality in your home. By accurately measuring your surface height, considering spacing requirements, and selecting a style that complements your space, you can find the perfect stools that enhance your living environment. Visit Jennifer Taylor Home to explore our versatile selection of table stools, counter stools, and bar stools and find the ideal seating option for your home.