Counter Height Swivel Bar Stool

How To Match The Stool To The Counter

One of the first steps in selecting a bar stool for your home or business is to make sure you have the right size.

Bar Stool Heights

Bar stools are sized based on the distance from the floor to the top of the seat. Standard counter heights are in the range of 35-37 inches. Since you will need about 10-12 inches from the stool seat to the counter top, a counter height swivel bar stool will typically need a seat height of 24-26 inches.

In most cases this will provide the right amount of clearance for the legs and position the counter surface at the correct height when sitting in the stool.

A simple method to check for the optimal height is to use any standard dining or kitchen chair and a series of books or telephone directories. First position the chair next to the countertop. Now place the books on the seat until you have a height of 24 inches measured from the floor. Carefully sit on the books and then place your hands on the countertop. Make a mental note of the position of your elbows and forearms.

Repeat this process with the books stacked at different heights. After several tests you should be able to identify a good seat height relative to the counter.

A swivel bar stool that is either too low or too high will invariably lead to fatigue, poor posture, and potentially serious back pain.

Swivel Bar Stool - How To Calculate Correct Height


The size of a swivel bar stool refers to the distance from the floor to the top of the seat. (measurement 'C' in Fig 1). Since a standard counter is approximately 35-37 inches high (measurement 'A' in Fig 1), to correctly pair the stool to the counter you should allow 10-12 inches from the top of the counter to the top of the seat (measurement 'B' in Fig 1). In this case a swivel bar stool height of 24-26 inches would provide a comfortable fit.

If your counter top is a non-standard height consider an adjustable swivel bar stool as this will give you more flexibility in the height adjustment.

The counter height swivel bar stool is one of the most popular sizes on the market. Chances are that when you find the bar stool that is right for you it will be available in counter height.

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