How many bar stools do I need? Ideal Spacing Tips

9th May 2017

How many bar stools do I need

How many bar stools do I need?  This is a question that is often asked to the customer services team at Lakeland Furniture.
The answer will always be different as it depends on various factors.  How big is the living space?  How many people live in the home?   How often will you use the bar stools?
To make it simple we have put together a list of questions.  Answer them to determine how many bar stools you need for your kitchen or breakfast bar.
Check out our range of stools here
 Tips to help decide how many bar stools are needed:

How wide is the average bar stool?

On average a barstool has an approx. seat width of 40cm.  If you choose a stool with arms this will take it to around 50cm seat width.

How far apart should I space my bar stools?

You should space your stools roughly 15cm apart from each other at the breakfast bar or counter.   This allows you free movement and easy access in and out.
Distance Between Stools

How many bar stools for 6 foot island?

6ft is approx. 180cm.  3 stools would comfortably fit 1 side of the island.  At a push and squeezing the space between stools you could get 4 stools in this space.  If you where to do this make sure you purchase narrow armless stools

How far should a bar stool be from the counter?

The depth of a stool seat will vary between 43-55cm.  If space is tight consider adjustable stools with small backrests.  They can be stored under the counter top when not in use.  As most bar stools are not fixed to the floor the actually distance from the counter top doesn't matter.  Each person can select their own preference.

How high should my bar stools be?

We say there are 4 main stool heights.  Counter height, breakfast bar height , bar height and adjustable height stools.  To learn more about different heights read our article on the right stool height.

Hopefully these answers will help you decide how many bar stools do I need.  Remember to take careful note of the seat width.  Stools with arms will extend the width and reduce the number you can have.
Some Kitchen Stool Ideas.
spacing stool

Check out pinterest for some bar stool ideas.

Or check out this video on different kitchen islands styles.


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