Choosing the Right Bar Stool Height For Your Kitchen - Interiors by The Sewing Room

Eat in kitchens have been popular for awhile now, and whether you’ve just moved into a new home or apartment and are looking to purchase your first set of stools, or you’re renovating your kitchen and are looking for an upgrade, I can’t stress enough the importance of taking measurements before you start furniture shopping!  So today I wanted to give you a handy little guide to finding the perfect height bar stools for your kitchen’s counters!

Let’s start with the two most common heights:  counter height and bar height.

Choosing the Right Bar Stool Height for Your Kitchen - Interiors by The Sewing Room

Counter height is typically 36″.  And we’ve been seeing more and more kitchen islands with counter height seating.  It gives a much larger single-height work surface and serving area, and you can really showcase that gorgeous granite slab as the focal point in your kitchen!  Unless you (or the previous owners of your home) had custom cabinets built or have a specific reason to create non-standard height counters, you won’t see a lot of kitchens varying from the standard counter height.  Besides the cost savings for standard cabinets, most appliances are made to fit with the 36″  standard, making it much more difficult to find a dishwasher or range that works well with non-standard counter heights.  I would still recommend that you measure, just to be sure!

Stools for counter height seating can range, with seat heights of 24″ – 26″.

Counter Height Stools - Interiors by The Sewing Room

Bar height counters range from 39″ – 42″, though 42″ is the most common.  Bar stool heights range from 30″ – 32″.

A good rule of thumb for all kitchen seating is to allow for 8″ – 12″ of leg room from the bottom of the counter to the seat.  For example:  a 42″ counter that is 2″ thick (so 40″ to the bottom of the counter) with a 30″ stool seat height would allow 10″ of leg room, which should be comfortable for most guests!

Bar Height Kitchen Seating - Interiors by The Sewing RoomAside from these two most common heights, you may also see two other counter heights for eat in kitchens:  the extra-tall bar height, and table height.

Extra-tall will look VERY similar to bar height, but ranges from 43″ – 45″.  Comfortable seating for these counters would have a seat height of 33″ – 36″, though some of us may not find it as ‘comfortable’ to climb the heights into those chairs!

Table height counters are 30″ – 32″ high.  These may be most common in homes that have followed Universal Design principles to accommodate children and people of shorter stature, those who prefer or need to sit while working in the kitchen, or those planning ahead for the potential requirements of aging in their home.

For table height counters you can simply use dining chairs which have a typical seat height of 16″ – 23″.

Table Height Counters - Interiors by The Sewing Room

No matter what height or style counters you have, it’s always important to measure before you purchase stools (or at least double check the return policy!).

If you’re looking for even more tips on planning a kitchen update or finding the right bar stools, we’d love to hear from you!  Let us know in the comments or schedule a consultation today!


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