Jeannine Castro. Stool. August 07th , 2017.
A 30 inch stool size is the most practical seat height for home use, given its versatility. A 30 inch stool height is designed primarily for bars and counters that are 40-45 inches tall. This seat height works great as pub stools in your home bar, billiard room and game room, as they add ambiance and atmosphere to your activity area, while providing a spot to sit and spectate or wait for your next turn. This stool size also works well for garage work and repairs at a tool bench or workshop.
There are two uses for bar stools in a typical American kitchens and game rooms: First is with 40-42 inches tall bar tops, and the corresponding comfortable sitting level of the bar counter stool is about 30-32 inches above ground. Second is with the counter tops, which have a typical height of three feet, or 36 inches, and a good sitting height with those is 24-25 inches. Likewise, the small dinette tables for nooks or game rooms are often somewhere between the bar top height and the counter top height. When you want to use your bar stool (or a counter height stool) in all of the above circumstances, then an adjustable height stool is a good choice. Not surprisingly, most adjustable stools will adjust between 24 and 30 inches in height.
Height is another thing to consider when choosing a bar stool. Stools come in various heights and oftentimes people purchase a stool or even a large number of stools only to realize that the stools are either too tall or too short for the bar or bar table for which they are intended. Unless you are planning on purchasing an adjustable stool, you should measure the height of your bar or bar table. Your stool should sit under it leaving 10 to 13 inches for leg room and easy movement.
Stools that will be used frequently or for long periods of time (dining, game rooms, commercial bars, etc.) should typically include arms AND backs to increase comfort and decrease stress on your back and shoulders.
Once you have determined the appropriate height you can then consider other characteristics such as the structure of the stool. The two main structural elements to consider are a) whether the stool will have a back and b) whether the seat will swivel. Stools with backs are far more comfortable than stools without backs. When deciding if a back is needed consider the length of time someone might be expected to sit at the stool. Having a swivel seat bar stool can be convenient but is a luxury. Swivel seat stools tend to be more expensive but in the end save wear and tear on your floor.
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