Stools in Style: Questions to ask when buying stools:
1) Height of Stools: Do you need counter height or bar height? Counter height is 36″ AFF & Bar height is 42″ AFF. A counter height stool has a 24″-26″ seat height & a bar height stool has a 28″ – 30″ seat height. Always ensure you calculate appropriate width required per stool. When people are sitting at a stool they will require at least 24″-26″ width of space (elbow room).
2) Back Height: Do you want to be able to sit back & relax in your stool or is it meant for function & working over a counter space?
3) Function of Stool: Do you want your stool to swivel, have adjustable height, be fixed, have a foot rest, etc? Ask you self what functions you need out of your stools.
4) Style: Do you like the look of 4 legs or do you want a hydraulic pedestal base? Should those legs be wood or metal? What material you do want the seat & back to be made out of? How durable do you require that material to be? Some stools are like artwork, they are sculptural & can have interesting lines and a unique design. Other stools are simplistic and there to provide function (but those can alway still look nice also).
I love stools and think they play an important role in todays kitchens & bars. In groups of 2, 3, or 4, they provide nice repetition to a space.