Choosing Breakfast Bar Stools

October 20th, 2010 by Baker Leave a reply »

It might be a through back to the seventies but breakfast bar stools are back into fashion in recent years. Maybe because kitchen space has become a premium with the price of real estate or that you miss sitting on your favourite bar stool at your local bar. The breakfast bar is an efficient use of space in your kitchen and has the advantage that you can store your stools underneath the counter top when not being used.

Breakfast Bar Stool Options

When choosing a stool there are a few options you need to consider.


Probably one of the most important features is the height of the stool. Make sure you buy the correct height stool for your requirements. If you already have a breakfast bar then measure the height underneath your counter top. However if you have not yet installed your breakfast bar you can select your bar stool and install the kitchen counter top to suit. A good guide to the correct counter top height is your standard commercial bar counter top. These are normally installed about 40″ (1.016m) to 42″ (1.066m). The right size height stool for this would be 30″ (0.762m) as this would give a comfortable clearance of  about a foot. The home breakfast bar is normally slightly lower at 36″ (0.915m) so a good height would be 24″ (0.61m) to 26″ (0.66m) stool.

Adjust and Swivel

You then have a choice of either a fixed height stool or one that adjusts in height. The height adjustable stools give you that extra comfort to get the perfect height for the individual person. However don’t just focus on the height of your stool make sure you don’t buy too wider stool and you have enough room for the number of stools you require.  Ensuring they can all be stored underneath your bar without sticking out will make your kitchen or bar area look neat and tidy. Some bar stools have a swivel seat that makes it easy to position your self comfortably although these can seem a bit unstable if you are not use to them.

Style and Material

You will have a wide choice of styles and material to choose from and most will come down to personal taste. Try to match the stool to your kitchen design and style. Stools come in many different materials from leather, vinyl, acrylic, steel, chrome or wooden for that traditional looking breakfast bar stool. You should also consider which material will suit how much you will use the stool. For most requirement a wipe clean surface will not only last longer but is more hygienic.

Stability and Surface

A good tip is to try and test drive the stool of your choice as you hope to have the bar stool for many years. Don’t just go for cheap breakfast bar stools as comfort is important and it’s best to invest in a stool that will last you a long time and you will be happy with. One consideration you should not forget is the floor surface they will be standing on. Not only do you want a stool that will not damage your floor but also one that is stable as you don’t want to fall of you bar stool when tired in the morning or when you have had one drink too many.  If you have a vinyl floor ensure you go for a stool with a wide base rather  than small feet as these can leave indentations in your floor that are hard to remove and unsightly.

Where to Buy

Now you know the type of stool you are looking for you will need to search your local stores or the internet for your perfect stool. Whether it’s Amazon, Ikea, Argos, B&Q or a local independent store you will be sure to enjoy your breakfast or drinks so much more when comfortably sitting  on your new breakfast bar stools.

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