1. The height of your bar stool must coordinate with your table so that you are seated high enough to reach the top, but have plenty of room for your legs. A table that is 33 - 38 inches high needs a counter-height barstool with a 24 - 28-inch seat height; a tall table that is 40 - 48 inches high requires a bar height stool with a 29 - 32-inch seat height.
2. To determine how many bar stools you need, measure the length of your bar and allot 26 - 30 inches between the centers of each standard seat. Swivel bar stools and stools with arm rests require more space, so allow 28 - 32 inches between the centers of these seats.
3. The materials used in your bar stool can establish the theme for your bar. Choose bamboo and wicker for your outdoor tiki bar, luxurious leather and wood for your classic pub, and wrought iron for your bistro table.
4. Place several counter-height stools at your kitchen island or peninsula and you'll never be lonely while you cook again. Guests can keep you company without crowding your kitchen space. You can even help your kids with their homework while you prepare dinner.
5. You can't reach the floor with your feet while sitting on a bar stool, which can make it difficult to adjust your distance from the table. With a swivel bar stool, you can position the chair in the correct spot before you hop on and pivot to face the front.
6. Backless bar stools are great for smaller spaces because they can be tucked completely under the table or counter when not in use. Stools with backs are more supportive and can contribute more to your decor.
7. Stools with arms take up more space at your counter, but their impressive regal look and superior comfort encourage guests to have another drink while they enjoy a late- night conversation.