Bar Stools Around the House

Bar stools have already made their way into the kitchen — where will they end up next? Well, that’s for you to decide! As people get more creative with their décor, many furniture pieces, including bar stools, are becoming much more versatile.  No longer do bar stools have to be accompanied with a bar counter-top. In fact, they don’t even need to be used for sitting!

Wherever you need seating, or want to have extra seating, you can use a bar stool. It doesn’t even need to be paired with a table or countertop. Try bringing out bar stools on your patio, in the game room or even in your garage. People don’t think to put any seating in work areas like the garage, but they definitely come in handy when people get tired and their backs hurt.

Bradly outdoor bar stool, Bellacor #: 854442

If you have a vanity in your bedroom or bathroom, sit on a bar stool every morning while getting ready. You’re probably thinking, “I want a chair with more support or that is more comfortable.” Bar stools, however, are not always the circular wooden stools you normally see in actual bars. The style of bar stools has evolved and now there are a variety of designs and shapes for you to choose from. There are even stools with chair-backs and arm rests.

Not only can bar stools be placed in any room of the house, but they can also be used for more than just sitting. Use a bar stool as a bedside table or an accent table in the living room. You can use the “table” to place personal items like a book, glass of water or even an alarm clock. Bar stools are smaller than the typical accent table, so they are perfect if you’re working with limited space.

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Another idea is to use bar stools to display decorative items. Instead of hanging a plant, set it on a stool so that the leaves drape over the legs. Or, feature your favorite family photo. You can even stack a pile of older, worn-out books on top of an antique stool for an old-fashioned look.

How will you use your bar stools? Get creative and have fun trying new ideas!


Bar Stools: Styles Galore!

Let’s face it — the kitchen can be a hard room to decorate. Unlike the living room or the bedroom, you can’t just hang up photos and decorative items everywhere. You need space to eat and prepare food! Luckily for you, bar stools have become commonplace in the kitchen, and they come in a variety of styles, materials and colors. Take advantage of this opportunity to bring excitement to your kitchen’s design!

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Photo Credit: Elk Lighting

You’re probably used to matching chairs with the tables they sit with. After all, many chairs come with the table and are designed to look similar. With bar stools, however, you can have some fun and make the stools stand out!



If your kitchen is modern, take the design one step further with bar stools. In modern designs, monochromatic colors are typical, but they are paired with bold colors to keep the look interesting. You can instantly make the room pop with a bright red or orange bar stool. Or, if you already have enough color, select a stool with an unusual design like the Viva Brown Bar Stool. The bar stools will instantly become the main attraction in your kitchen.

                                        Photo Credit: Woodinville Architects & Designers eric gedney | ARCHITECT


Give your country kitchen some more of that rustic charm with wooden bar stools. If you feel that wooden chairs are too uncomfortable, get one that has an upholstered print. You can also avoid having wooden stools altogether and choose materials like wicker or leather, which are much more comfortable. Just be sure that the leather is more of a burnt red or brown, not black or white.

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Photo Credit: Yvonne McFadden LLC, Interior Design, Houzz


An industrial kitchen is an easy look to pull off, because it is a room already filled with appliances! Too add more style to your industrialized kitchen, choose stools that are made of metal, gray or black in color and are designed with stark, straight lines. Grays and blacks might sound boring, but they’ll give your kitchen a very sharp look.

 What style of kitchen do you have? No matter what the style, there’s a bar stool to match!

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Choosing the right bar stool for your kitchen

Bar stools, as you can probably guess from their name, were created to be used in bars — and that’s exactly how they were always used. But not anymore! Now that people are installing higher kitchen countertops, the barstools have also moved into the kitchen and it looks like are there to stay.


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The bar stool, countertop combo is a great way for families to enjoy casual meals and socialize. Plus, with the array of styles to choose from, you can take the opportunity to bring some excitement into your kitchen! Finding a barstool for your kitchen, however, isn’t just a matter of selecting the first set of stools that you find. To find the perfect stools for your kitchen, you first need to consider size, space and style.


Melrose Maple Barstools, Bellacor #: 830498


When it comes to bar stools, the right height is crucial. Choose a bar stool that is too low and family members won’t be able to rest their elbows comfortably on the kitchen counter. Choose a stool that’s too high, on the other hand, and then guests won’t be able to fit their knees underneath. The perfect ratio for most people to sit comfortably is to have your bar stools be 10 to 12 inches lower than the countertop. So if your kitchen countertop is 42 inches high, then find bar stools that are about 30 to 32 inches in height.


We get that you want everyone in your family to have a place to sit. However, if you have to sacrifice comfortable seating, then it just isn’t worth it. Have you ever tried to enjoy a meal, but were sitting so close to someone you could hardly lift your arms? It doesn’t make for a very pleasant dining experience. A general rule of thumb is to leave two feet of space between each stool.


Bar stools have evolved and some now even have arm rests and chair-backs. Of course, you can always stick with the regular bar stool look if you want. The shape of the bar stools depend mostly on your personal preference. There are no right or wrong stool designs; you just have to make it work with the style of your kitchen and make sure it matches the comfort level you desire.









Go give your kitchen a whole new look with stylish set of bar stools now!