To the untrained eye, there is no discernible difference between bar and counter stools. Some stools are taller, and some are shorter—but who knew that they fall into two separate categories? For anyone who has had experience with seating arrangements, the distinction is easy: it’s all a matter of height.
A bar-top typically stands at about 40 to 42 inches above the floor, and the corresponding stools will sit at about 28 to 30 inches.
Counter-tops are shorter: usually in the range of 35 to 38 inches, and so counter stools are shorter too: around 24 to 26 inches from the ground.
That’s it! These are approximate numbers, but the primary distinction is simply a matter of height. Bar stools are typically utilized in bar environments, where people may be sitting—or standing—near the bar. The extra height puts a seated person at the same height as a person standing, making conversation easier.
Of course, there are in-between sizes, too; what type of stool to get for a surface that sits at 39 inches and is one part counter and one part bar? As a guideline, it’s desirable to have anywhere from 10 to 14 inches of legroom between the stool and the surface.
Besides determining the height, there are some other important decisions when looking at bar and counter stools. Backless stools are compact—but backrests are comfortable. Upholstery and padding can increase comfort—but make stools harder to clean. Armrests are the ultimate luxury on a stool—but they take up far more room for each stool.
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