Knowing the correct bar stool and counter stool heights will save you time and money. How many of us have made the mistake of purchasing the incorrect stool size for our counter or bar? I have to admit, I’ve made this mistake myself. I looked at my kitchen island and thought “Wow, that really looks high. I’d better buy the tallest one.” Wrong!

Here are a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way that might be of help to you as well.

Typically, bar and counter stools come in 2 sizes. The size is determined by measuring from the floor to the top of the seat.

Most bar stools measure 30″ and counter stools 24″. Occasionally, a stool may vary in size by a couple of inches. Therefore, to find the correct size you need to measure from the floor to the bottom of your counter and then subtract 12″. This is not a perfect science, so take into account whether your stool is upholstered, has a cushion or if it has arms. A counter stool with arms may need extra space to clear the surface.

To determine how many stools you need for the length of your bar or counter, measure the width of your counter and divide by 24 (for example; total length = 72″ divided by 24″= 3 stools). If your stool has arms or a wide seat, you may want to divide by as much as 28″.

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