Find the Best Seating for Your Kitchen

Jan 16, 2019  By Thomasville

It’s the great kitchen debate: what type of seating should you incorporate in your cooking space? Yes, the answer depends largely on layout. But bar stools and counter stools, in particular, are easily confused. And choosing the wrong one can leave your kitchen feeling a little awkward. Here are a few things you should know about kitchen seating.

Bar Stools

Bar stools are usually about 30” in height and are designed to sit at bar height, which is typically taller than a kitchen counter. Bar height is considered to be at about 41 to 43 inches. Some even measure higher at about 44 to 47 inches. It’s important to understand that you don’t have to have an actual bar to need a bar stool. Some tables and countertops measure a little higher and necessitate a bar stool.

Bar stools come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. If you’re trying to fill a small space with as much seating as possible, bar stools are a good option because you can get them without arms and slide them under the table or counter when not in use. On the other hand, bar stools can be tricky for small kids because of their height.

Counter Stools

At 24 to 27 inches in height, counter stools are a little shorter than their bar stool counterparts. Counter height is typically measured at about 35 to 37 inches. These stools often come with arms and more comfortable designs. They’re also a good height for dining and visiting with family and friends. Again, you don’t have to have a counter to have counter stools, as some dining tables measure a little taller.

Counter seating is popular in many modern kitchens, especially those with a separate island countertop designed for eating. As with most other furniture, the best counter stools are a mix of design and comfort. They’re sturdy and functional for your counter or table height. But they should also be comfortable and good looking.


Don’t forget about good old-fashioned chairs. Tables aren’t just for dining rooms. In fact, the right table can complete a kitchen. Traditional tables are usually about 28 to 30 inches in height. These tables require traditional chairs, which usually range in height between 17 and 18 inches. If you have a large family or you entertain a lot, a kitchen table and chair setup is a great place to sit and visit. If you have the space, you can’t go wrong with a traditional table and chair setup in your kitchen.

Now that you know the differences between bar stools and counter stools, you can complete your kitchen with the right seating for your space and family.

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