Setting the Bar: How to Choose the Right Commercial Bar Stool

March 28
Choose the Right Commercial Bar Stool

Bar Stools: Choosing the Right Height

There are a number of factors to consider when selecting restaurant bar stools. However, a bar stool that is not at the correct height will make the bar stool unusable. That's why choosing a commercial bar stool at the correct height is the most important part of your selection. If your counter or table height is between 41 and 43 inches, you’ll need to choose a bar stool between 29 and 32 inches. If your counter or table is 44 inches or taller, then you will need a stool between 33 and 36 inches. 

Number of Restaurant Bar Stools

When deciding how many commercial bar stools you need, it is important to consider the size of the table or counter where they will be used. Most people prefer to have as many bar stools as possible for guests to sit around their table or counter. However, you probably do not want to have so many bar stools that your family or guests are uncomfortable or left without elbow room. Too many restaurant bar stools may also make it difficult for your guests to get in and out of their seats without disrupting the comfort of anyone sitting next to them. 

A good rule of thumb is to have a minimum of 24" inch between each bar stool as measured from the center of one bar stool to the center of the next. However, depending on the width of the stool, the size of the person using the stool, and the activities in which they are participating, 24" may still be a tight squeeze. Therefore, it is probably best to have at least 26" of space. Before purchasing commercial bar stools, be sure to measure the length of the counter space to determine how many stools can comfortably fit around your counter or table.

Choosing a Style

Superior Seating offers bar stools in a variety of styles made from a variety of materials: tall or short, wood or metal, rattan or wicker, with or without cushions, with or without a back, and in a variety of shapes, colors, and patterns. If you need barstools, Superior Seating is sure to have a style to fit your individual taste and style.

With or without back support?

There are several factors that you should consider when deciding whether or not your restaurant bar stools should be backless, low back or fullback. For starters, safety considerations should always be of primary importance. For example, small children who squirm in their seats may be prone to falling backward off a bar stool with no back, risking injury. Persons with chronic back pain may need full back support if they are going to sit on the stools with any frequency or for any length of time. However, if considerations such as these are not applicable in your case, backless stools may fit your needs perfectly. 

Backless Restaurant Bar Stools

Backless bar stools come in a variety of styles and may provide an eye-catching addition to your décor. You can find simple wooden stools, stools that look like something straight out of an old-school soda shop, or even metal stools that can accentuate a funky, industrial décor style. Backless stools tend to be slightly less expensive and are usually easier than other types to get in and out of when there’s a crowd at the table; the user can simply spin around in his or her seat to get in and out rather than having to worry about their movement being blocked by the back of the stool. They also tend to take up less space than their low-back or fullback counterparts. This makes backless stools ideal for smaller counter or tablespaces where you want to squeeze in as many people as possible. 

Low Back or Full Back Commercial Bar Stools

For a more traditional or classy look, or if you are going to be sitting on the stool for extended periods of time, you may wish to purchase low or full back bar stools. Stools that have backs do tend to be larger than backless stools, which means that you may have to settle for fewer stools around your table or counter. However, they do offer more support and comfort than backless stools and small children are less likely to topple out of them. They also generally have a classier, more elegant feel than backless stools.

Restaurant Bar Stools With Arms

Most bar stools do not have arms, but arms on a bar stool can add a level of comfort. If you expect that someone will be sitting on the stool for extended lengths of time, a bar stool with arms may be the best selection for your needs. However, if the ability to easily get in and out of the chair is important, then it is probably best to avoid bar stools with arms. 

Swivel Bar Stools

Bar stools that swivel can add a playful layer to your home décor. The ability to turn in the chair also makes it easier for persons using the chair to get in and out of the seats without interfering with the comfort of anyone sitting next to them. 

Bar Stools Material

Bar stools can be made of almost anything. When making your selection, be sure to consider the environment where the stool will be used. If your stools will be used in an outdoor area, you will want to buy stools that are weather resistant. Wooden stools, which are at a higher risk for water damage and rot, would likely be a poor choice for outdoor use. If the commercial bar stools will be used indoors, your selection of bar stools is broader.