Everyone knows—an extra stool can always come in handy. From the kitchen counter to the patio, stools are a casual, versatile seating option both indoors and out. When shopping for stools, beyond figuring out what style works in your space, you also need to consider the height of your surface and how many stools you need. Here, we've put together some tips and videos to help you get started.

Measuring for Stool Height

There are three main types of stool heights: table, bar, and counter. Most tables, counters, and bar tops have a standard height range, but before you purchase stools, the first thing you need to do is measure the height of your surface to be sure. We recommend keeping around nine to 13 inches between the seat and the underside of your surface to give you enough leg room.

Table stool height: Tabletop surfaces are typically 28 to 30 inches tall, which means you’ll need a table stool with a seat height around 18 inches from the floor.

Counter stool height: Countertops range from 36 to 39 inches, so you'll need a counter stool that ranges from 24 to 26 inches high.

Bar stool height: Bar tops are usually around 40 to 42 inches high, so opt for a bar stool about 28 to 30 inches tall.

Adding Multiple Stools

If you’re adding multiple stools to your surface, you’ll want to make sure there’s plenty of space between each one for people to easily sit and move around. Because the length of your tabletop, counter, or bar may vary, calculate how many stools you'll need based on the recommended amount of space between each one.

The amount of space you should have between each stool depends on the overall diameter of the stool seat, and whether it has swivel functionality. Here’s some spacing guidelines:

  • For stools 16 to 18 inches wide, leave at least six inches between each one and the either end of your bar or counter.

  • For stools 19 to 22 inches wide, or a smaller stool that swivels, maintain around eight to 11 inches between each stool.

Selecting Your Style

Once you know what type of stool you’ll need (table, counter, or bar) and how many will fit beneath your surface, it’s time to consider style options. Our stools come in a range of materials, designs, and aesthetics—from modern to traditional—to coordinate with the look of your space.

Customizable Stools
If you want a more personalized look and feel, our Cobb Collection, where you can choose between counter and bar height, finish colors, and wood seat finishes. The result is an industrial-inspired bar stool personalized for your space, made to last and endure everyday wear.

Vintage Stools
Add character and create an eclectic look by mixing vintage stools into your home from our curated collection of Antiques & Vintage. Available in different sizes and stylistic eras, from Industrial to Mid-Century Modern designs, find the right piece for your space.

Backless or Full-Back Stools
For a cleaner look, opt for a backless stool that can easily slide underneath your table or countertop when not in use. If you need more back support while sitting, full-back stools are a sturdy solution that provides ample comfort. We have options in a range of materials, including solid wood, metal, and upholstered in fabric or leather.

Find the right seating option for your space with our versatile table stools, counter stools, and bar stools—shop our selection to get started.