Having Trouble Finding the Right Seat Height?
You want stools for your kitchen counter, but you see them listed as "Bar Height" or "Counter Height". What does this mean for you? And don't they all apply?
Short Answer: Not all seats are created equally.
Real Answer: There are industry standards, but lately the design world has been customizing these standards. So lets talk measurements.
Dining Table Height: Industry Standard 30" High Table Top = 18" Seat Height
Kitchen Counter Height: Industry Standard 35-37" High Counter Top = 23-28" Seat Height
Bar Height: Industry Standard 40-42" High Bar Top = 29-32" Seat Height
What you Need:
Find a chair in the house that has comfortable leg room underneath its table. Grab your supplies and MEASURE the distance from the seat height to the bottom of the table top. This is a favorable amount of space for you. Subtract that from the Bar/Counter/Table top height that you want to find seating for, and that will give you your ideal Seat Height for that space.
Keep in Mind:
1: What are the legs made of? Is it something you could cut an inch or two off of?
2: 1-2 inches can mean you can't cross your legs if its too high, or the counter is at your chest, if too low.
3: Most showrooms offer 'MEMOS'. It's like checking out a library book. Take it home, see how you like it, then buy or return. Usually MEMOS are 48 hours, so you can take some time and see how you like it.
4: SOMETIMES the height on the tag is referring to the overall height of the chair. Make sure you take your measuring tape with you!