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.
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.
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.