The 9 Best Bar Stools in 2022

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Bar stools have become very popular at home. Versatile seating lets you make the most of your kitchen counter space, but it’s important to note that there’s a difference between the stools you see in restaurants or bars and the ones you should have at home.

As Beautiful houseHadley Mendelsohn’s editor points out that your home bar stool (or what she calls a counter stool) should be shorter because most counters are built lower. Once you’ve gotten your measurements right, it’s important to think about what you want from the seat. For example, a backless stool, although less comfortable, offers more flexibility because you can sit on it in more ways than one. Then there are backed styles, which are more comfortable for those who use the counter as a dining table. Swivels can be a stylish option but aren’t the best for kids, but of course we’ve highlighted plenty more on our list.

When it comes to materials, smooth, waterproof leather or metal stools are the easiest to wipe down. Remember that wicker or textured surfaces can be vacuumed clean and always be on the lookout for the number of each purchase. Wayfair often sells them in sets of two, making your purchase even more affordable. Since the kitchen is probably where most of your friends and family gather, there’s no better time to switch seats and give the room a practical upgrade.

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Bar stools at the best value for money

Walsh Upholstered Stool, Set of 2

  • Sturdy frame
  • Comfortable loop seat
  • Iconic modernist, Bauhaus design
  • White fabric may be subject to stains

Looking for an elegant and comfortable essential? Look no further than AllModern’s upholstered stools featuring a fashionable rattan back. It’s gorgeous and you get double with every purchase.

Honest opinion: Beautiful! Even prettier in person. Comfortable and good back support! I have the counter stool size and it is perfect. Highly recommend.”

Best Budget Bar Stools

Pinney Countertop and Bar Stool, Set of 4

  • Rubber floor mats to prevent scratches
  • Advantageous price
  • Will rust in wet conditions, such as outdoors

Looking for an affordable set you don’t have to think twice about? Snag our best suggestion which is four for the price of one. The stools are lightweight, yet sturdy and because they’re made of metal, keeping them clean is a breeze. It even made it into shopping editor Isis Briones’ basket when she furnished an old apartment, read her thoughts below.

Honest opinion: “I only signed a three-month lease when I was between locations at the height of the pandemic. The T2 I got had an island, so to avoid spending a lot on a place I didn’t Wasn’t going to have for long, I used it as a dining table and ordered these white stools which were only about $40 apiece.A great buy that I passed on to a friend after moving house.

Best Outdoor Bar Stools

Eucalyptus Patio Stool

  • Sustainably harvested, FSC-certified wood
  • Mortise and tenon construction
  • Only available in one color

This FSC-certified eucalyptus wood bar stool is sturdy, beautiful, and durable enough to withstand changing weather conditions. You can add a cushion (sold separately) to add a touch of color and comfort.

Best Leather Bar Stools

Brenner Stool Black Leather

  • Strong and durable leather
  • Easy to clean
  • Sculptural backless curves may not be comfortable for long periods of time

Pottery Barn’s handsome leather stool has just like a durable contoured leather seat, a swivel, and it’s available in counter and bar height (in case you use it for a high table). You can also buy it in different shades of leather and it is sold in sets of two or individually, which is ideal for buyers who need an odd number.

The best velvet bar stools

John Swivel Bar Stool

  • Easy assembly, according to customers
  • Soft material
  • Comfortable and padded back

Nothing beats the soft feel of velvet, so give yourself the chance to sit in it daily. Plus, there are a number of eye-catching colors to choose from, so take your pick.

Honest opinion: “Assembly wasn’t too difficult. The pile is so smooth I like the sturdiness. Nice yellow and appears as is.”

Best backless

Jonah Counter Stool

  • Real wood construction
  • Easy to clean
  • Not adjustable
  • Shipping can take up to three weeks

Next, a quality classic stool that will never go out of style. Plus, it’s made to last as it’s crafted with real elm wood and can be ordered in natural or black wood. In short, you will be able to take full advantage of it.

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Best Adjustable Bar Stool

Adjustable Height Swivel Bar Stool, Set of 2

  • Several colors
  • Cleans with a damp cloth
  • Affordable; Two for the price of one
  • The base seems wonky for some customers

With a swivel and adjustable heights, this is another great choice. Available in over 10 colors (we’re obsessed with teal), these stools are popular, functional and can add a splash of color to any kitchen.

Honest Review: “I love these stools. I ordered 8 in total. Comfortable and easy to clean.”

The most modern bar stools

Whitney stool

  • Unique color block design
  • Cleans with a damp cloth
  • Lightweight so not ideal around children due to tipping hazard

Give your space a contemporary touch with a stool featuring stunning faux leather and walnut wood accents. It also swivels and adjusts so it looks nice and practice.

The best rattan bar stools

Tammy bar stool

  • Handmade rattan
  • Deep seat for maximum comfort
  • Only suitable for indoor use

Ready to invest in rattan? Lulu and Georgia’s comfy chair will add texture and a cool coastal vibe to your home. It’s obvious craftsmanship.

What to look for in a bar stool?

Height (bar stool vs counter stool)

Reminder: The bar stools you sit on when you go out are usually 30 inches tall and unless you have a high table in your home, buy the 24 inch counter stool option. Overall, make sure your measurements are correct and don’t make the mistake of ordering a chair that’s too high.

Back or no back?

“I highly recommend going for a bar stool with a back,” adds Briones. “As a slow eater, being uncomfortable for a long time is horrible, and bending over does your posture a disservice.

How many are in each set?

Take a second to check how many come in each set. While most purchases are sold individually, there are sets that come in twos or fours that are a total bargain. And having matching seats doesn’t hurt either!

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