Jacqualine Pruvost Bar Stools February 02, 2018 18:39:19
Another thing these western saddle bar or counter stools have in common is that just like the horse saddles they never feature a back rest or the arm rests.
A counter stool proper: A counter top height is about 36 inches or about three feet. For an average height American this is a good size for food preparation. And when one wants to eat breakfast at the counter the appropriate height of the breakfast stool seat is 24 inches or so which is termed the counter stool height. For busy people this is a great choice of height: The food can be prepared and consumed in the same space and it can be consumed either sitting up or standing down on a modern counter stool. Lots of choices and no hassle with setting up another table when in a hurry.
Why are these heights chosen? Firstly an average height American will be able to consume a quick snack either standing by or sitting up on the kitchen stool with such chosen height of a stool and a bar top. Secondly it will be possible to prepare breakfast food or drinks on a bar top even though the 40 inch surface height is a bit high for that purpose. Usually the food can be prepared from the one side of the bar top while consumed from the other.
Metal bar stools which are welded at all joints are far less prone to these problems. In addition many companies have dozens of finishes fabrics and options available for a given style. For example you may like a stool that is shown on our retail floor as a stationary (non swivel) stool with arms. In many cases you can custom order the same style as a swivel armless swivel with arms stationary without arms or even a backless.
Most newer homes and apartments with a raised counter are built to accommodate 3 bar stools. As a general rule of thumb allow 24" from the center of one seat to the center of the next seat. A 6 foot long counter can generally accommodate 3 stools. An 8 foot counter 4 bar stools. This obviously depends on the measurements of the particular stool in which you are interested. You can always buy an extra and use it for additional guests.
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.