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Kitchen Counter Stool Round-up

Today I’m sharing some of my favorites, and a few tips on how to make sure you select the correct stool for your space… The counter stool may be used more frequently than the family room sofa these days (at least they are in our home!) so you want to make sure you select the one that is right for you!

Upholstered counter stools in this Bria Hammel Interiors kitchen add warmth and character to the space.


  • Dimensions matter! The distance between the seat of the stool and the bottom of the counter should ideally be between 9-12 inches for comfortable leg space.  Most counter stools are about 26″ high and the average kitchen counter is 36″ high- measure your counter to verify before you make that purchase!

  • Don’t cram in too many!! Make sure you give enough space between each stool. Stools too close together will not only look awkward but will be uncomfortable.

  • Consider backless versus back, swivel versus stationary. If you are short on space you may want something that you can tuck away under your island when they are not in use. You may want swivel if you have a television or family gathering space behind the stools.

  • Make sure the material suits your lifestyle. Got kids? You’ll want to stick to wood, metals, outdoor fabric or faux leather- easy cleanup and strong durability. Leather can go either way- its durable, but if someone sits on a blueberry on it- it’s going to stain. That being said, I purchased stools that came standard with a natural navy linen fabric years ago and they have stood the test of time. I plan to reupholster them when they get trashed, but so far, so good!

  • Mix up your textures and consider your context. If you have upholstered dining chairs in the same space, look for non upholstered counter stools and vice versa. Or instead of upholstery look for woven styles. There are so many fabulous wovens out there!



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