Bar stools are used in both kitchens and at bars and come in two heights - 24" for counter height and 30" for bar height. It is important to build the counter to the correct finished height because most bar stools are not adjustable in height. Here are some pictures of kitchen bar stools.
1. These contemporary bar stools combine stainless steel and wood in a very sleek and stylish shape.
2. These wooden bar stools with rush seats have a casual Country French air to them. Sometimes people tie padded seat covers onto these chairs, which makes the sitting more comfortable but can also introduce some color into the room.
3. In the foreground are barstools mounted on a single pole and upholstered in leather. I think they must swivel too since they are not movable.
4. This a pair of painted wooden counter height stools has upholstered seats and backs. They look perfect for this Country French kitchen.
5. Here are some more counter height stools with upholstered seats and backs but much simpler in their design for this Craftsman style kitchen.
6. These "scoop" seat bar stools add lots of style but not much back support.
7. Upholstered stools serve as counter stools in this sleek kitchen. They don't have backs but can work where there is not a lot of aisle space and they must be fully pushed under the counter when not being used. These are a little bulky so hopefully they have casters hidden underneath that molding at the bottom. If you had a tiny space, these might even serve double duty for storage.
8. These classic metal Navy chairs work in many clean lined homes and are timeless in design.
9. Wire frame chairs like these these mid-century modern stools add some sculptural elements to the kitchen.
When you are selecting your bar stools be sure to take into consideration not only the aesthetics but also the function. Do the swivel? Are they heavy and difficult to move? Can they be easily cleaned if someone spills on them? Do they reflect your personality and that of your kitchen? Are they comfortable? Do they look good with ajoining rooms and do the colors of the woods (if any) work together?
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