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Step 3 : The width of a stool not only determines how many stools you can fit in your space, but also how much space is needed between stools for you to comfortably get in and out of the space and sit next to someone without bumping them. Narrow stools (under 18” wide) need about 6” between them whereas wider stools need between 8” and 10”. Don’t forget to calculate the same distance of space to the outer edges of the counter as well. Step 4 : Finally, when taking into consideration the depth of the stool, most stools won’t tuck under the counter overhang perfectly as stools tend to be deeper than the average 12” of counter overhang. It’s a good measurement to have though especially if you’re tight on space behind the stools. Consider with an average adult seated in the stool, there will be about 24” from the counter edge to the back of the stool.

Purchasing bar stools for your counter, bar or island can be overwhelming because there are so many options available on the market. Consider stools that can adjust in height as they can be used in more than one setting and that may help cut costs and provide extra seating in the long run. However, if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, here are some tips from the pros on selecting the perfect bar stool. Step 1 : Measure the height of the counter, the width and the depth. These measurements will help you determine how many stools you need and what size will fit. Draw up a quick sketch if it helps you visualize the space. Step 2 : Stool seats should be about 12” lower than the counter height to allow for enough leg room. If the stools have arms, you’ll want to ensure they’re low enough that they will still fit under the counter when not in use. Most counters are between 35” and 39” and bar tables and islands are usually 41” to 43” but can be as high as 47”.


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