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Tips For Specifying Bar Stools

ava barstool at a bar with tiled floor

Bar stools and low stools are an incredibly popular choice of seating for hospitality spaces. Here's a quick rundown of important points to consider before buying bar stools for a venue.

Bar stool seat heights

The following are commonly recognised heights for bar stools:

Low stool: 450-490mm

Kitchen Height: 600-750mm: This height is mostly for domestic environments.

Bar/Counter Height: 750-800mm:  This allows a comfortable working or eating position at standard height bars.

The gap between the bar top and seat should be a minimum of 250-300mm.

stool height guide

Bar stool bases

Bar stools are generally available with bases similar to those of chairs.

Pedestal bases can be floor-fixed or free-standing.

A swivel pedestal base can include a return mechanism, to automatically keep seat direction aligned with the bar.

All 4 legged stools at seat height 600mm plus, should/will include footrest or stretchers to support the frame.


6 images of different types of bar stools

Bar stool specifying tips

  • If you have revolving bar stools with backs, opt for return springs so they spring back into a standard position. This will maintain a tidy looking bar and your staff will thank you for saving them the work!
  • Stacking stools are available, but not common.
  • The weight of stools can be important, often to ensure they are not moved far from a bar.
  • Metal or plastic kickbacks are available with most stools to stop the footrests from chipping.

More furniture tips

Read our set of tips on how to specify tables and chairs for restaurants, try our Hotel Furniture Buyer's Guide, or learn more about buying the best Outdoor Furniture for cafes & bars

Topics: Stools, Furniture knowledge, Specification tips

By Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth on 18/09/17 11:59
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