Hey all, I’m traveling, speaking, hanging out in New York this week, but we can’t let perfectly good bar and counter stools lay around without being rounded up. As you know, searching for the perfect stool that is both comfortable, beautiful, and affordable is not an easy task especially when that search happens to be online where you don’t have any context of size, finish, and quality (photo above by Ellen, owner of Amsterdam Modern and those stools are vintage). So to aid you in your search, we’ve pulled together 60 of our favorites that we wouldn’t be ashamed to have in our space.
Before we get into them, let’s go through a few basic rules when it comes to bar stools vs. counter stools and which will work for your space. Bar stools got their name from, you guessed it – the bar, so as you know they are much higher than your typical kitchen counter. They range anywhere from 28-33″ and work best for counters or bars that are 42″ in height. Be sure to measure your countertop height before you go out and buy as most kitchens don’t have counters that tall so these may not be the best option for your space. They do work well for built-in bars, worktop seating, or cocktail table seating (not that you have a floating cocktail table in your house – but if you do, I will be over for happy hour soon). You will also want to keep in mind that since you are sitting so high when in these chairs, you may appreciate a back or armrest to help you relax a bit into the chair and not feel like you are going to fall off. My personal favorites: 1 (its simple and classic shape), 17 (its perfect mix of rattan and woven material and somewhere to lean back as I sip my drink), 24 (hello $39 price tag), and 30 (leather and iron – yes please).
1. Vienna Stool | 2. Coleman Stool | 3. Raskog Stool | 4. Perch Stool | 5. Bend Stool | 6. Wexler Stool | 7. Reverb Stool | 8. Safavieh Stool | 9. Cushioned Stool | 10. Barley Stool | 11. Wishbone Stool | 12. Vig Stool | 13. Gubi Stool | 14. Daily Stool | 15. Javanese Stool | 16. Schoolhouse Stool | 17. Riviera Stool | 18. Wrap Stool | 19. Hot Mesh Stool | 20. Acrylic Stool | 21. Tailored Stool | 22. Flint Gold Stool | 23. Zip Stool | 24. Dalfred Stool | 25. Curran Crema Stool | 26. Duro Stool | 27. Elston Swivel Stool | 28. Grant Fabric Stool | 29. Carrie Stool | 30. Roadhouse Leather Stool
Now, lets move onto counter height stools. These guys typically range from 24-27″ in seat height and will fit under most standard island counters. Due to the fact that they are not quite as tall as the former, you can get away with a little bit less support in the back and arm area, and have a little more fun with the design and shape of them. I’d be happy to add 2, 11, 19, and 29 to my cart.
1. Nicole Counter Stool | 2. Sidecar Stool | 3. Tig Stool | 4. Leather Stool | 5. Kens Stool | 6. Oviedo Stool | 7. Wire Stool | 8. Scholar Stool | 9. John Vogel Stool | 10. Metal Stool | 11. Swivel Stool | 12. Quincy Stool | 13. Portland Stool | 14. Machinist Stool | 15. Silver Stool | 16. Abacus Stool | 17. Jays Stool | 18. Ammon Stool | 19. Emerson Stool | 20. Country Stool | 21. Cabin Stool | 22. Riviera Stool | 23. Bend Goods Stool | 24. Carlisle Stool | 25. Carson Stool | 26. Safavieh Stool | 27. Slope Stool | 28. PO Stool | 29. Muuto Nerd Stool | 30. Asti Stool
Which ones are your favorites and more importantly what are you ready to see in our next roundup series? We have a few more in the works based on your suggestions from the last posts, but love to keep them as relevant as possible, so comment below and let us know what you are craving.
***Photography by David Tsay