How to Choose Bar and Counter Stool Height

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Q: What’s the standard counter height and counter stool height?

A: Counter height stools are typically lower than bar stools. The standard counter height is 34-39 inches high, so a counter stool should have a seat height 24-29 inches tall. This allows the average sized person to have plenty of space between their legs and the counter without having to sit awkwardly low.

Q: Wha is the standard bar height and bar stool height?

The standard bar height averages around 40-46 inches from the ground. To compensate for this slightly taller type of table, you should pick a bar stool with a seat height that’s 30-36 inches.

Q: What’s the ideal distance between a stool and countertop or bar table?

While you can pick your counter and bar stools based on averages, it’s always better to draw your own measurements. So, start by measuring your bar or counter from floor to the underneath of the bar top.  

After you’ve measured, you can pick the right stool height by subtracting 10 inches from your counter height.  This will give you ample room from the seat of the stool to the bottom of the countertop. To get the perfect stool height, measure from the floor to the seat.