Ennis Fine Furniture

Bar Stools 101- A Shopping Guide

Spicing up your kitchen area with a new collection of bar stools is a great way to bring everyone together. More casual than your traditional dining room, and somehow even more cozy than a breakfast nook, your kitchen counter can easily be the new “hot spot” of your home. That is, if you haven’t already made the basement bar your family’s favorite hangout!

What Bar Stool Height Do You Need?

The most common questions for this type of seating always relate to height. You’re probably wondering, “How tall do my bar stools need to be?” That makes sense! You don’t want to bring home something that’s too short or too tall for your counter height. Measuring from the floor right up the underside of your countertop can help you narrow down your search to find the right fit for your stool height. These numbers can help:

40- to 42-inch bar counter height = 28- to 38-inch bar stool height

36-inch standard counter height = 24- to 27-inch counter stool height

 It’s important to note that Ennis designers sometimes refer to stools by different names. It just depends on your counter height. The taller options are typically called bar stools, and counter stools are usually known to be the shorter types of seating. Of course, you can also use the names interchangeably if you’d like. The general purpose is obviously still the same!

Bar Stool Styles and Favorite Features

Once you know what your bar stool height needs to be, you’re ready to start thinking through the types of features you might like. For example, do you want a bar stool or a counter stool with a back? Or do you like the subdued look of a backless bar stool better? Additionally, do you want your seating to swivel, or should they stay steady? You can also think about whether you’d like an adjustable height option, which can be a useful feature for younger kids.

But seating isn’t all about function. You’ve also got to consider style! From modern to classic, or a sleek contemporary industrial design, today’s bar stools embrace a wide array of design choices. Choose from leather or suede, comfy and durable fabric blends, or sleek metal or wood frames. And don’t forget your options for outdoor living areas! There are plenty of bar stools that can stand up to rainy days and will be ready to go for your next backyard cookout.

Come Shop Our Bar Stool Selection!

We understand it can be hard to sort through all of the bar stool chairs in our collection, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about the different designers and latest models. An outside perspective can help tie your room together—and hopefully point out the piece that’s exactly what you’ve looking for.

Our selection at Ennis Fine Furniture features quality construction and timeless styles. Let us show you what your bar has been missing. We would be happy to consult with you on all types of redesign projects. Just swing by our showroom, or give us a call to schedule your meeting. We look forward to hearing from you!

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