Shopping for Counter & Bar Stools

Bar and counter stools are a fantastic addition to every kitchen, dining room or even living room. When you’re on the hunt for a full set of stylish, functional and comfortable bar stools, it can get pretty overwhelming and staggeringly expensive rather quickly. There’s so much to get wrong that it feels impossible to get right, which actually happens with a lot of home design and furniture shopping – but don’t let that feeling control you! There are a couple of measures that you can take to ensure that your bar stool hunt is as calm, collected and successful as possible…

Measurements, Placement and Other Practicalities

All wise furniture purchases start with a few practical reflections and decisions, and your bar stools will be no exception!

Placement: First things first, you need to decide just where these fabulous new bar stools are going to be living! You likely already have an area in mind, the breakfast bar, dining table and living room are all popular areas. The best spot is going to be where you and your family get the most, practical, use out of them, so choose carefully and don’t make any rash decisions.

Measurements: Once you’ve got your spot, it’s time to take some meticulous measurements. The height of your stools absolutely has to match up to the table or surface you’ve chosen to place them under, even if they have an adjustable height option. Measure from the floor to the bottom of the surface in question and take note of the width you’re working with, too. Keep these numbers with you every step of the way to prevent any dramas.

Other practicalities: Think about the options you have for backrests, armrests, adjustable height features and even a swivel detail. If you have little kids or older persons sitting at your table or bar, make sure you have backrests for comfort and safety. If you plan on multi-purposing your stools as side tables or additional seating in your lounge, make sure they have adjustable heights to get the most use out of them as possible.

Style Considerations

Now that you have all your practical considerations out of the way, you can focus on style. Believe it or not, your choice of bar stool style can entirely transform your room! A few amazing looks to consider include…

Boho Beach: For a bohemian or beachy vibe, rattan, woven wood or reclaimed timber are absolutely perfect. Choose a style without a backrest for the ideal romantic, traveller look in any neutral-toned kitchen or at a matching round timber dining table.

Mix & Match: Mixing glass, leather and rattan details looks incredible in any home and really makes a feature out of your bar stools. Incorporate multiple features and styles all in refined tones for an eclectic look.

Contemporary Colour: Bar and counter stools are the perfect opportunity for a bold, contemporary pop of colour. A minimalist white kitchen will look just breathtaking with bold tomato red bar stools, or for the neutral lover, with a contrasting inky black.

Statement Finish: Looking for something understated yet elegantly stylish? Choose neutral, upholstered bar stools and add one in a metallic thread finish for a shining detail that won’t overpower the room.

Hopefully, by now you’re feeling inspired and ready to grab yourself the perfect set of stools for you and your home. Get out there and start shopping for bar stools in Sydney, with these tips on your side you’re sure to grab your dream bar stools in no time!