It may seem like an easy task — selecting a barstool that goes with your decor.  But when you bring those stools home, it may not be a perfect fit for your kitchen island or breakfast bar. 

realtytimes.com says with so many options, it can be hard to choose this particular piece of furniture. While the stools may compliment your decor, they might not work in other ways.  One designer says it’s tougher to choose a barstool than it is chairs for a table.  Why?  Barstools are taller and your feet don’t touch the floor.  So finding a stool with the foot-support bar at the right height can be a challenge so you don’t have the awkward leg dangling.  

Other things to consider when selecting barstools:  Do you like a round or square shape?  Swivel or stationary?   What about material, color, and pattern?

THE RIGHT HEIGHT

Before going shopping for barstools, first, measure the height of your countertop.  Barstools generally come in three heights:  counter, bar, and spectator (sometimes called stadium).  A standard-height counter is 36 inches tall so you’ll want to find a barstool 24 to 26 inches tall.  For a 42-inch breakfast bar, you'll need one 31 inches tall.

COMFORT

Are you going to be using the barstools a lot or are they strictly for decoration?  The more you plan to use them, the more comfortable you’ll want them to be.  A back on the stool might be more comfortable along with a cushion seat.

SIGHTLINES

If you don’t want to draw attention to your barstools, a backless stool should be at the top of our list.  It’s easy to tuck this type of stool under the counter.  But a backless stool doesn’t always give you the comfort you’re looking for.  

 Another option is getting a stool with a backrest. The low back gives some support while keeping the “sightlines” open. They also swivel.

 

MAKE A STATEMENT

It is possible to find a barstool that’s comfortable, fits and looks right, but also makes a statement.  Find one that goes with your contemporary decor or French motif.  Selecting the right one can bring out the colors in your kitchen or be the focal point