Versatile and economical, barstools can add character and functionality to almost any space. With stools available in various sizes to suit every surface height, you will surely find a perfect fit for your dining table, kitchen counter or game room.

 

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Calculating the Right Height

Barstools should be chosen with consideration for the exact height of your surface, so make sure to take precise measurements. Measure from the floor to the top of the surface in order to calculate the correct seat height. If you would like a stool style with arms it is important to measure from the floor to the bottom of your surface to ensure that the stool will fit under the counter when not in use. For best comfort, there should ideally be between 9 and 12 inches of space from the top of the stool seat to the underside of the bar. If you are trying to match cabinetry or fixtures it may be beneficial to bring in a cabinet door, drawer or hardware with you. Visit Barstools & Dinettes in Raleigh for expert advice on finding the perfect stool for your individual needs.

Barstools commonly come in three different heights

Bar Height

Bar-height stools are 29 to 31 inches from the floor to the top of the seat. Any height in this range will work for a surface that measures 40 inches to 43 inches from the floor to the top of that surface. Don’t forget to measure to the underside of your bar surface if you would like arms on your stool. Some styles will not make arm stools that will fit under the bar and other styles will offer custom arm heights to accommodate any needs you may have. Bar height stools are also available in swivel and non-swivel styles as well as backless versions to fit into tight spaces.

Counter Height

A counter-height barstool is 24 to 26 inches tall from the floor to the top of the seat. Either height will work for a surface that measures 34 inches to 36 inches from the floor to the top of that surface. If your counter is even with your stovetop and sink area you will most likely need this particular height of stool. Don’t forget to measure to the underside of your counter if you would like arms on your stool. Some styles will not make arm stools that will fit under the counter and other styles will offer custom arm heights to accommodate any needs you may have. Counter height stools are also available in swivel and non-swivel styles as well as backless versions to fit into tight spaces.

Spectator Height

Spectator height stools are 34 to 36 inches from the floor to the top of the seat. Any height in this range will work for a surface that measures 45 inches to 48 inches from the floor to the top of that surface. Don’t forget to measure to the underside of your surface if you would like arms on your stool. Some styles will not make arm stools that will fit under your surface and other styles will offer custom arm heights to accommodate any needs you may have. Spectator height stools are also available in swivel and non-swivel styles as well as backless versions to fit into tight spaces. Originally designed for spectators in billiard halls, these stools will provide you with a good view out of a window or across a game room. Newly constructed homes and condos are more likely to have taller counters in the kitchen.