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Counter Stools for Bars and Islands

Those tall countertops call for tall bar chairs for the ideal seating solution. Grandin Road offers a broad inventory of bar & counter stools in a range of sophisticated designs so you can choose the style that best suits your space.

How to Choose Bar Stools

Like ordering a craft beer or fine glass of wine, choosing bar stools 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 the counter height. This step will help you narrow down your options to either bar-height stools or counter-height stools. Bar stools are typically taller at 30 to 36 inches, while counter stools are shorter at 24 to 29 inches.
  2. Think about where you need bar seating. Are the bar stools for the breakfast bar in the kitchen or the built-in living room bar? Kitchen stools generally get more wear and tear, so material, color, and durability make a big difference, whereas the seating at a formal bar for entertaining may not get as much regular use.
  3. Visualize the space to determine whether you want a bar stool with a back or a backless design 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? Find it all in our counter stools selection.

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 measuring for a bar stool and choosing a design, check out our Bar Stool Buying Guide.

Kitchen Bar Stool Materials, Colors, and Accents

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

Keep things cozy and classic with bar 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.

Island Stools Exclusive to Grandin Road

Here at Grandin, you'll find bar stools that aren't available in stores or anywhere else. Our exclusive designs bring a sophisticated style and high quality that sets them apart from the rest of the run-of-the-mill stools out there. While you're here, complete your space by pairing your new kitchen counter stools with equally elegant entertaining and serving accessories, and add in an accent from our indoor wall decor collection for the perfect finishing touch.