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How to Choose a Bar Stool

Like ordering a craft beer or glass of wine, choosing a bar stool for the kitchen and bar takes a bit of thought. But it can be a lot easier if you follow these simple steps.

  1. Measure how high the counter is. This step will immediately narrow the selection to a bar-height or counter-height stool.
  2. Think about where you need bar seating. Are the bar stools for the breakfast bar or the living room party bar? Kitchen stools generally get more wear -- or are used by kids -- so material, color, and durability make a big difference.
  3. Visualize the space to determine whether you want a bar stool with a back or a backless style and if you want it to swivel or be stationary. Bar stools with backs deliver premium comfort. Backless bar stools tuck neatly under a counter to keep the sightlines clear. Swivels make it easier to get on and off and turn towards the conversation.
  4. Last comes the fun part -- the style. Do your tastes run classic, modern, rustic, or global? Do you prefer bonded leather, wood, or metal?

So many choices make it easy for you to express your style with a bar stool from Grandin Road. If you want more help with choosing a bar stool, check out our Bar Stool Buying Guide.

Create a Signature Style with Kitchen Bar Stools

Once you know what to look for in kitchen island stools for your home, explore different bar stool designs to create a unique style. Give your space the light, breezy feel of a coastal cafe with artisan-crafted rattan counter stools, or try woven leather designs for kitchen island chairs with a contemporary touch.

Keep things cozy and classic with kitchen stools featuring cushioned leather seats and statement details like button tufting and nailhead trim to add to the traditional feel. Deep colors like coffee and pecan bring a classic look, while lighter palettes lend a fresh touch to these timeless counter stools.

When you're in the mood to make a statement, try home bar stools featuring artistic embellishments like hand-embroidered detailing or authentic kilim fabric. Each piece brings unique color and style to your space while delivering the comfort and quality you count on from Grandin Road.

Complete your space by pairing your new kitchen counter stools with elegant entertaining and serving accessories. Add in an accent from our indoor wall decor collection for the perfect finishing touch.

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