How Tall Should My Bar Stools Be? A Guide to Selecting the Right Bar Stool Height for Your Home
Apr 7th 2024

How Tall Should My Bar Stools Be? A Guide to Selecting the Right Bar Stool Height for Your Home

When it comes to designing the perfect kitchen or home bar, one of the most important decisions you'll make is choosing the right bar stool height. The proper height of a bar stool not only ensures comfort but also enhances the overall aesthetic of your space. Urban Forge has been hand-forging award-winning bar stools since 1979. In this post, we'll walk you through the steps to determine the appropriate bar stool height for your kitchen island or home bar, based on the standard industry measurements and your unique needs.

Understanding Bar Stool Heights

Bar stools come in a variety of heights to accommodate different types of counters and tables. The three main categories of bar stool heights are:

  1. Counter Stool Height: These stools are designed for use with standard kitchen counters, which are typically 36 inches tall. Counter stools usually measure between 24-28 inches in height from the floor to the top of the seat.
  2. Bar Stool Height: Bar stools are meant for use with raised counters or bars, which are usually 40-42 inches tall. Bar stools typically measure between 28-33 inches in height from the floor to the top of the seat.
  3. Extra-Tall Bar Stool Height: For very high counters or bars that are 46 inches or taller, extra-tall bar stools are available. These stools measure between 33-40 inches in height from the floor to the top of the seat.

When ordering a stool online, such as the Blackwell Iron Stool with Padded Back, one of the product options you'll need to specify is the stool height. We hope after reading this article you are able to make a confident decision. Urban Forge is also able to customize your stool in many ways, dimensions, materials, and personalization, as seen in the beautiful client photo below. Let us know what you need!

Choosing the Right Stool Height

Before choosing the right bar stool height, it's essential to measure the height of your counter or bar accurately. Once you have this measurement, you can select the appropriate bar stool height based on the following guidelines:

  1. For a standard kitchen counter (36 inches tall): Choose counter stools that are 24-28 inches tall.
  2. For a raised counter or bar (40-42 inches tall): Choose bar stools that are 28-33 inches tall.
  3. For a very high counter or bar (46 inches or taller): Choose extra-tall bar stools that are 33-40 inches tall.

Stool Width and Depth

In addition to the height, consider the width and depth of the bar stool. A standard bar stool should have a width of about 16-20 inches and a depth of about 12-15 inches. These dimensions ensure that the stool is comfortable to sit on and can be easily pulled up to the counter or bar without causing any obstruction.

Seat Shape and Material

The shape and material of the seat also play a crucial role in the comfort and durability of the bar stool. Some common seat shapes include round, square, and rectangular. The material can range from wood to metal, leather, or even plastic. Consider the overall design of your kitchen or bar area and choose a seat shape and material that complements the space.

Armrests and Swivel Features

Some bar stools come with armrests, which can provide additional comfort and support, especially for extended periods of sitting. However, keep in mind that armrests may limit the number of stools that can fit under a counter or bar.

Additionally, swivel features can make it easier to get on and off the stool and adjust your position while seated. Consider whether these features are necessary for your specific needs.

Space Between Stools and Counter

To ensure a comfortable seating arrangement, leave at least 9-12 inches of space between the top of the stool's seat and the bottom of the counter or bar. This space allows for comfortable seating and easy movement.


Selecting the right bar stool height for your kitchen island or home bar is essential for both comfort and functionality. By following the guidelines provided in this guide, you'll be well-equipped to make an informed decision and create a stylish and comfortable space for you and your guests to enjoy. To get started, we invite you to shop our collection of artisan iron stools.