Five Factors to Keep in Mind When Buying Short Bar Stools

A bar stool is an overarching term used to refer to seats that accompany a kitchen counter, a bar counter, or even a dining table. Technically each of these needs different kinds of stools to match the difference in their counter heights, but bar stools, with fixed or varied heights cater to such needs with ease. Short bar stools are becoming extremely popular for smaller spaces or lower height counters as well as a replacement to chairs that accompany a dining table. Here are five things to keep in mind when buying such furniture.

# 1 – Choose stools of appropriate height

A typical bar stool measures 28 to 32 inches from the floor to the seat and is best paired with counters that measure between 41 and 43 inches in height, such as pub tables, home bars, as well as raised breakfast bars. Counter stools measure between 24 and 27 inches from the floor to the seat and are best matched with counters measuring between 35 and 37 inches in height. Such seating is ideal for kitchen islands and peninsulas. A short bar stool or table height stool is shorter than a counter stool and measures 23 inches or less from the floor to the seat. Such seats are ideal for standard height dining tables that measure between 28 and 30 inches in height. When using short bar stool, ensure that you have about 10 to 12 inches between the stool seat and the bottom of the counter or table. This allows adequate room for the legs between the counter surface and where you are seated.

# 2 – Use a footrest if necessary

Short bar stools typically allow the same comfort of resting your legs on the floor as a normal dining chair, which is why they skip the footrest on most designs. But the story takes a twist with little ones or aged people at home. Extremely young and old users of the stools always find it easier and more comfortable to have simple footrests that allow them to perch their feet comfortably without the trouble of dangling them in midair.

# 3 – Compare backless vs. with-back designs

Mini or short bar stools are generally designed to be tucked away under the counters or dining tables with which they are used. For this reason, it is better to pick backless seating, which fits into this space without being overwhelming and without obstructing the symmetrical look and feel of the space. However, if you intend to spend long hours seated on them or share them with kids or people with physical or mobility restraints, it would be a wise choice to invest in stools with adequate back support.

# 4 – Opt for height adjustable stools for versatility

Table height stools, like other designs, can be equipped with height adjustability features if necessary. At first thought, this might seem to beat the purpose of such seating, but deeper probing would reveal that height adjustability indeed adds versatility to bar stools. Firstly, these stools can accommodate different users comfortably irrespective of their heights – a feature extremely beneficial to homes that have children who cannot access tabletops or counters with the same ease as adults. Height adjustability also allows such chairs to be used as multitaskers – as short stools at the dining table and as counter stools or bar stools at the pub or breakfast bar.

# 5 – Pick swivel chairs for cramped spaces

Table height stools are typically used in areas that have limited space. While their small stature allows them to be tucked away and used with ease, having swivel features allows them to be placed close to one another without bumping. Anyone who uses the stool can hop on and off without troubling the person sitting next to him or her – a boon in spaces where you do not have the leniency to spread the seats out far away from one another.

When considered wholly, these five factors can help you pick the most suitable and best-matched short bar stools for your home with ease.