Bar Stool Guide

If you’re looking to purchase a bar stool or pub table for your home, there are a few things it’s helpful to know. This Bar Stool Guide was created to help you choose the best bar stool and pub table.






Bar Height or Counter Height? Bar stools and tables are generally available in one of two heights: bar height and counter height. It’s important that your stool is the proper hight for your table, and vice versa.


  • Counter Height is used to describe stools which measure 24″ to 26″ in height, and tables which measure 36″in height.
  • Bar Height is used to describe stools which measure 30″ in height, and tables which measure 40″ to 42″ in height.

There are some stools which are available in several other heights, usually described as Tall or Custom Height stools. The general rule of thumb is that the stool height should be 10″ to 12″ less than the height of the table you intend to use with it. So if you have a 36″ tall stool, you will require a table which measures 46″-48″ high. 

Stool Space When purchasing stools for a bar, it’s a good idea to leave at least 5″-6″ between stools, to ensure that there’s enough space for people to sit. Stools which swivel or which feature arms will naturally require more space, and some stools are wider than others, so be certain to take the dimensions of each stool, and the table or bar, into account when planning your purchase.

Stool Features The selection of stools is quite extensive, so there are many attributes to consider when selecting the right stool for you. Common stool qualities include: