When it comes to bar stools, the right height is crucial. Choose a bar stool that is too low and family members won’t be able to rest their elbows comfortably on the kitchen counter. Choose a stool that’s too high, on the other hand, and then guests won’t be able to fit their knees underneath. The perfect ratio for most people to sit comfortably is to have your bar stools be 10 to 12 inches lower than the countertop. So if your kitchen countertop is 42 inches high, then find bar stools that are about 30 to 32 inches in height.
We get that you want everyone in your family to have a place to sit. However, if you have to sacrifice comfortable seating, then it just isn’t worth it. Have you ever tried to enjoy a meal, but were sitting so close to someone you could hardly lift your arms? It doesn’t make for a very pleasant dining experience. A general rule of thumb is to leave two feet of space between each stool.
Bar stools have evolved and some now even have arm rests and chair-backs. Of course, you can always stick with the regular bar stool look if you want. The shape of the bar stools depend mostly on your personal preference. There are no right or wrong stool designs; you just have to make it work with the style of your kitchen and make sure it matches the comfort level you desire.