Counter Stool Roundup

Image from the awesome, Pin-worthy Ally Banks Interiors. And no, I do not know where those stools are from but am dying to know myself!

Counter stools seems to be a lot of people’s decorating kryptonite.  Sometimes it’s mine as well!  Its a piece of furniture that is prominent in your home and likely used non-stop so it has to be pretty AND durable while alos coordinating with your kitchen AND any other decor nearby if your space is open concept.  So I find it helpful to do roundups of them often.

COUNTER STOOL BUYING TIPS:

  • Make sure you give enough space between each stool- don’t try to cram in too many- they will be uncomfortable and make your kitchen look sloppy.
  • Make sure the distance between the seat of the stool and the bottom of the counter is about 10″- this is ideal for comfort.  Most counter stools will be 26″ because the average kitchen counter is 36″ high- but make sure you measure your counter before buying!
  • Measure the recess the stools push into- you want to give enough room for peoples legs while keeping their backs close enough to the counter itself. I have a shallow overhang so this is an issue- backless stools work best in this instance.
  • Make sure the material suits your lifestyle. Got kids? You’ll want to stick to wood, plastic, outdoor fabric or faux leather- easy cleanup and strong durability. Leather can go either way- its durable, but if someone sits on a blueberry on it- it’s going to stain.
  • If you have upholstered dining chairs in the same space, look for non upholstered counter stools and vice versa. Or instead of upholster look for woven styles.

Here is a group of great looking, slightly more unique counter stools that may peak your interest. Some of the upholstered ones have the ability to be customized with your choice of fabric too!

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. // 16. // 17. // 18. // 19. // 20.

 

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5 comments

  1. Ally Banks’ house was featured in the Washington Post awhile back and she shared a bit of information about the stools. Apparently they were inspired by stools from the restaurant Cru in Nantucket and were fabricated by an artisan in Austin, TX named Cole Thompson (cnthom@gmail.com).

  2. Wow, I love that kitchen and the bar stools are so unique! I have the Serena and Lily bar stools in the Riviera style (french bistro) to match my kitchen dining chairs. I love them! It is so true about them being kryptonite ….I see so many kitchens with the ugliest stools and it just jumps out at you!

  3. Love the stools, especially numbers 1 and 6.
    Sorry to be the homophone police but it is “pique your interest”, not peak!

  4. I just bought the #1 counter chairs from Pier One and love them! The blue and white stripe is perfect and they are comfortable.

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