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Bar Stools Guide

If you're looking to purchase a bar stool or pub table for your home, there are a few things it's helpful to know. The HTmarket Bar Stool Guide was created to help you choose the best bar stool and pub table from our store.

Bar Height or Counter Height?

Bar stools and tables are generally available in one of two heights: bar height and counter height. It's important that your stool is the proper hight for your table, and vice versa.

  • Counter Height is used to describe stools which measure 24" to 26" in height, and tables which measure 36"in height.
  • Bar Height is used to describe stools which measure 30" in height, and tables which measure 40" to 42" in height.

There are some stools which are available in several other heights, usually described as Tall or Custom Height stools. The general rule of thumb is that the stool height should be 10" to 12" less than the height of the table you intend to use with it. So if you have a 36" tall stool, you will require a table which measures 46"-48" high.

Stool Space

When purchasing stools for a bar, it's a good idea to leave at least 5"-6" between stools, to ensure that there's enough space for people to sit. Stools which swivel or which feature arms will naturally require more space, and some stools are wider than others, so be certain to take the dimensions of each stool, and the table or bar, into account when planning your purchase.

Stool Features

Our selection of stools is quite extensive, so there are many attributes to consider when selecting the right stool for you. Common stool qualities include:

  • Stationary or Swivel
  • Memory Return
  • Upholstered Seats
  • Wood or Metal frames
  • Backed or Backless Seats
We carry a vast number of stools with styles, materials, finishes and coverings. If you have a specific look or features you desire for your stools, there's sure to be a stool that meets your criteria.

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Caring for your stools

To get the most out of your stools and ensure them a long and useful life, consider the following tips:

  • Cleaning Fabric seats - We recommend testing any cleaning solution you'd like to use on a small test area of fabric, out of sight if possible, to make sure the fabric won't fade, bleed, or become discolored. Applying stain guard is never a bad idea, as most bar stools will be used where liquids are present!
  • Cleaning Leather Seats - Leather is naturally a bit waterproof, but any spills should be wiped up quickly to prevent staining. Using any sort of chemical cleaner (other than those intended specifically for leather care) may damage or discolor leather; a mild soap and warm water is ideal. As with fabric, if you intend to use cleaning chemicals, test a small area first.
  • Cleaning Wood - Using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners is not recommended for wood finishes. Instead, warm water and mild soap, or cleaning solutions intended specifically for wood furniture finishes, should be used.
  • Outdoor Use - Due to humidity and the elements, seats with wood, fabric or leather components are not intended for use outdoors, unless specified in the stool's description. It's generally a good idea to keep leather and fabric out of sunlight, to prevent fading.
  • Safety - Stools are wonderful to sit in, but you should never stand on them. This may be too much weight for the stool, and it's easy to lose your balance on a stool!

Hopefully, this guide has helped you select a bar stool or table. The best advice comes from our experienced staff, so if you have any questions about a particular model, or bar stools in general, just give us a call at 1-888-764-9273 and our experienced staff will be happy to help!