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Bar Stools: A Guide to Finding the Right Size for Your Space

At Furniture Row, we know there’s nothing more frustrating than taking home brand new bar stools only to find out they are the wrong size for your space. Unfortunately, this furnishing faux-pas is becoming increasingly common in today’s day and age. Why? It really comes down to the fact that there are some new bar stool basics that not everyone outside of the furniture industry is aware of. But don’t worry, we're here to help you navigate through all the different different sizes of bar stools available so you can find the perfect fit for your home.

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3 Standard Countertop Heights

Bar stools are designed to fit beneath countertops of various height that are found throughout any given home. What most people don’t know is that countertops and other dining surfaces come in three standard heights, Counter Height (sometimes called “Kitchen Counter Height”), Bar Height, and Dining Height.Almost all bar stools on the market today are designed to fit beneath one of these standard countertop heights.

But how do you know which bar stool is designed for which type of countertop?  It all comes down to about 10” inches. Bar stools are designed to fit beneath countertops, but they are designed to leave about 10” of space between the top of the stool and the countertop to provide enough room for legs to fit comfortably. So, if you’re looking for the right height bar stool, you should really be looking for a bar stool that is about 10” shorter than your countertops! Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the different types of bar stools and counter tops: 

Counter Height Bar Stools

  • Height Range: 22”- 26

The standard height of kitchen and kitchen island countertops is 36”, so if you’re looking for bar stools to fit beneath these countertops, you should be looking for bar stools that range anywhere from 22” - 26” in height. To make things easy for our customers, we’ve curated all of our bar stools in this range into our Counter Height Bar Stool(<- link) collection.

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Bar Height Bar Stools

  • Height Range: 27”- 33

Along with kitchen counters, many of today’s homes and furnishings also feature bar height countertops. The standard height for bar countertops is 42”, so they will comfortably accommodate bar stools measuring anywhere from 27 - 33” tall. Like with counter height bar stools, we’ve also curated all of our bar height bar stools into a collection called Bar Height Bar Stools (<- link).

Bar Height Barstool

Dining Height Bar Stools

  • Height Range: 15”- 21

Stools are becoming an increasingly popular option to go along with dining tables and side chairs. Regular dining tables have a standard height of about 30”, so dining height bar stools should measure anywhere from 15” - 21” for maximum comfort. To skip the search and jump straight to products in this height range, just navigate to our Dining Bar Stools(<- link) collection!

Dining Barstool


Start browsing our selection today and discover the perfect bar stools for your space. With Furniture Row, finding the right fit has never been easier. Shop now and create a comfortable and stylish seating area that you'll love for years to come.