4 Steps to Selecting the Right Bar Stool for Your Outdoor Space

Posted by Jennifer Morse on Feb 3, 2017 5:14:30 PM

We offer 4 tips to pick the right bar stool for your outdoor space.

Step 1: Measure Height

Measure from the floor to the bottom of your counter surface. Subtract 10 inches to determine to optimal seat height. 
Counter Height: 23-27 inches. Counter height stools are used for a counter height bar, which is about 36 inches tall.
Bar Height: 28-32 inches. Bar height stools are used for tables with a 41-43 inch height.
Stadium / Spectator Height: 33-36 inches. These stools are paired with tables 44-47 inches in height.

Step 2: Measure Width

Stools typically come in a 15, 17 or 21-inch seat diameter. However, stools with arms may have a wider footprint and should be factored into your measurements. Measure the width of your bar space and account for 6” in between each stool for movement. This will also help you determine how many stools you will need.

Step 3: Determine Features

Stools come with or without armrests, with or without seat backs, swivel or non-swivel, and adjustable or stationary. A minimum arm clearance of 1.5 inches is suggested for all stools.

Step 4: Determine Style

Commercial vs. residential. Traditional vs. modern. With so many options, you can find the style that suits your space. Consider the following to find the best stool:

Stainless steel, aluminum, wood, wicker, and polyurethane are just a few materials stools are made from. Wood suits a traditional space, while metals can create a more modern or industrial vibe. Do not be afraid to mix materials. Wood and metal together create a rustic urban look and are durable enough to survive wear and tear.

Browns and neutral colors create a traditional, farmhouse, rustic, or industrial style. Gray, white, black, or bold colors could create a contemporary or modern style. Consider selecting stools in a bright hue to compliment the flowers or bring in an accent color. Seat pads, cushions, and pillows are another easy way to bring in color, patterns, and texture to your outdoor space.

Commercial stools may be more durable than residential stools as they are designed for high usage and outdoor elements. Aluminum and wicker stools have proven over time their resistance to outdoor conditions. If you have wood stools, make sure you protect them with the right oil or polish or use a furniture cover.

For inspiration or more information, we suggest this article from Houzz.

Topics: Outdoor Furniture

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