How To Choose Barstools For Your Kitchen Island

By Subodh / May 5, 2013

Barstools add a touch of elegance and beauty to any kitchen island. It’s practical, too, since it provides additional seating.

When choosing barstools, it’s important that you choose a style that will go very well with your kitchen design. After all, it won’t do your home any good to buy country-style barstools for a very modern kitchen. Also, you don’t want to end up with barstools that are either too low or too high for your kitchen island.

For this reason, here are some tips for choosing the right barstools for your kitchen island.

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Height

You want barstools that are comfortable and just the right height for your kitchen island, so it’s important that you measure the height of your kitchen island before you purchase barstools or have them custom-made for you.

In measuring the kitchen island, you need to get its height measurement, starting from the floor towards the top of the kitchen island. Once you have the height measurement of the kitchen island, simply subtract about 12 inches from it. This will serve as the height of the barstool seat.

As a general rule though, if the kitchen island height is about 36 inches from the ground, then choose a barstool that has a height of about 25 inches. If it’s taller than that, about 40 inches or more, then choose a barstool that stands about 30 inches. This will give you ample leg space.

Material

Now that you know the right height for your barstools, the next step is choosing the material. There are so many to choose from. You have wooden barstools, which are perfect for quaint and traditional-looking kitchen and kitchen islands. On the other hand, if you have a very modern and trendy kitchen and kitchen island, then go for the metallic and aluminum ones with leather cover. If you have a country-style kitchen, then wicker or rattan barstools will be a very good idea.

In addition to this, you also have to choose the seat cover. If you have children at home, then leather-covered barstools are a good choice. They’re easier to clean; you only have to wipe the spills off with a damp clean cloth and it’s good as new. On the other hand, if you want cushioned seats for your barstools, then see to it that the covers are removable and washable. This will make it easier for you to remove stains and wash the covers.

Backs or No Backs and Armrests or No Armrests

You also have to choose between barstools with backs and backless barstools as well as barstools with armrests and no armrests. If space is a factor, then it’s best to choose barstools with no backs and armrests since you can simply stack them up if you need more space in the kitchen. You can also choose swivel barstools if space is a problem. On the other hand, if space is not a factor, then barstools with backs and armrests are a good idea. They look more elegant than backless barstools. Plus, they also add more comfort.

Barstools add elegance and beauty to your kitchen. They also add more seats if you’re going to host parties in your home.