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Get Your Bar Ready for Hosting with These Home Bar Stools

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If you’re looking to get your home bar ready for hosting, the perfect place to start is with home bar stools. Home bar stools are not just a stylish and functional addition to any home bar, but a must-have! Not only do they add much-needed seating for guests, but they also provide an inviting atmosphere for entertaining. After all, a stool invites someone to sit down and stay while. From modern bar stools for your streamlined aesthetic to leather designs for your basement, here you’ll find a roundup of some of the most stylish home bar stools.

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What’s the Difference Between Bar Stools & Counter?

If you’re planning to add a bar or kitchen island to your home, one of the first things you need to consider is the seating options. This is where the confusion between bar stools and counter stools comes in.

Bar chairs or bar height stools are higher than counter stools as they are meant to be used at bar tops that stand about 40-42 inches high. On the other hand, counter height stools are designed to be used at a kitchen island or counter that stands about 34-37 inches high. 

The seat height is the key factor that distinguishes bar stools from counter stools. Bar stools usually have a seat height of about 28-30 inches while counter stools are generally about 24-26 inches.

It’s important to keep in mind the height of your counter or bar when choosing the right stool height. Otherwise you may end up like me, buying and returning stools until you get the sizing just right.

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Things to Consider When Choosing Home Bar Stools

Height: As previously mentioned, the first thing to consider is the height of the bar stools. You’ll want to make sure that the height of the bar stools is right for the height of your bar.

Comfort: Another important thing to consider is comfort, of course. Since you or your guests may be spending a considerable amount of time sitting on the stools, you want them to be comfortable. Look for stools with padded seats and backrests, as well as footrests to support your feet. If you opt for backless bar stools, make sure it has a comfortable shape for your bottom.

Style: If you prefer a classic or traditional look, then wooden or upholstered bar stools are a great choice. If you prefer a modern and trendy look, then metal or plastic stools with sleek designs will suit your style. Want a cool look for a study, den, or man cave? Then a leather bar stool would be perfect for you.

Function: Do you want these to swivel? In some layouts, swivel bar stools make a lot of sense as it creates a versatile seating option, allowing guests to join in on different conversations in the different seating arrangements.

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Whether you have a corner bar in your dining room, a wet bar in your living room, or an attached bar to your kitchen island, the right bar stool creates a comfortable and inviting space for you and your guests to enjoy drinks and good conversation!

You know what else you need for your home bar? An ice machine. Up Next: Get the Party Started With the Best Ice Machines for Your Home Bar


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