What are the Different Stool Dimensions? (2 Drawing Included)

Unlike chairs which are a key feature in every home, stools are not that common.  However, a stool will be a welcome addition if you have a breakfast bar or a bar counter in your home. Due to varying table heights, stools also come in a range of dimensions to allow you to sit comfortably.

Here we explore the standard height and width of several different types of stools so you can determine if they will fit in your space.

What is a Stool?

What is a stool?

A stool is considered one of the earliest variations of seat furniture. 

There’s proof that the ancient Greeks used it before. It consists of a single seat and traditionally has no back or armrest. Its base may have one to four legs which are normally higher or taller than those of a chair. The seat may be round or square and may or may not have a cushion. 

Because of its simplicity, a stool has become useful for many people around the world. It is a preferred outdoor seating option due to its lightweight design. The stool is also used to train young children to sit on their own. And, of course, you’ve likely come across a restaurant or bar with stools as their main seating options. 

A stool is different from a chair due to the lack of two distinguishing qualities- arms and a back. This explains why a stool is also commonly referred to as ‘backless chairs.’ The lack of arms and back makes a stool lighter and easier to port than a chair. However, it is not uncommon to see or come across modern designs or variations of stools that now feature a back.

The dimensions of stools differ depending on their type. Continue reading to know more about the dimensions of the different stool types. 

Bar Stool Dimensions

Bar Stool Dimensions

A barstool is a tall type of stool commonly seen and used in pubs and bars. At home, it is frequently used in the kitchen at a bar counter.

It is tall and narrow, making it ideal for smaller spaces. A bar stool easily slides under a bar counter or bar table. It is commonly made from wood, metal, and acrylic.

There are also bar stools that come with armrests. This stool type is ideal for your guests to be comfortable. Armrests provide more support compared to backless stools. However, it is also wider, which means you may not be able to fit as many bar stools with armrests under your counter.

Bar stools may also have upholstered seats. This is a more luxurious variation of the stool and ideal for people who eat at the kitchen counter. It also creates a nice flair and thus is presented as a more formal option than stools made of wood or metal.

You may also come across swiveling bar stools. Its dimensions are similar to a standard bar stool. The major difference, however, is that it has a rotating seat that allows users to slide in and out of their seats without having to move the stool.

Bar Stool Height

The height of a bar stool can range from 29 inches to 32 inches. It is commonly used in bar counters that are between 40 and 42 inches high.

Bar Stool Width

The width of a bar stool will vary depending on whether the bar stool has armrests or not. If a bar stool has armrests, you will be more comfortable when seated, but you will fit fewer stools under your bar counter.

The average width for a bar stool without armrests is 16 inches. This can increase to around 20 inches if the bar stool has armrests.

Counter Height Stool Dimensions

Counter Height Stool Dimensions

Counter-height stools are the second major type of stool. This is a smaller stool that’s also intended to provide seating behind a bar counter. It is slightly taller than the table height of standard tables in a home, but it can be compatible with restaurant tables which have a taller table height.

Counter Stool Height

An average counter stool stands between 24 and 27 inches from the ground. It’s best paired with restaurant tables that are between 35 and 37 inches tall. A counter-height stool easily tucks neatly under these tables.

Tall Bar Stools

The tall bar stool is a tall type of stool with its height ranging from 34 to 40 inches. The extra height makes it ideal for entertaining at home. With a tall bar stool, a standing guest can mingle and converse face to face with seated guests or hosts. It is also informally called a spectator or stadium stool. Others call it an extra tall bar stool.

There are many variations or enhancements in tall bar stools. You can find models with full-backs and padded seats for more relaxed seating, especially during TV marathon sessions. Others have wide seats and arms for added comfort, although you must also realize that these options add up to the dimensions of the bar stools and consequently would require more space for placement of the stool.

A tall bar stool presents different ways of placing it at home or in the office. You can line it up along the back of a wall, allowing seated people to view whatever’s on the television. These days, it is common to find homes with a long table behind a sofa and then a row of bar stools behind the table. This way, you can accommodate more guests for a TV viewing party.

Short Bar Stools

Lastly, there are the short bar stools. This is the bar stool type with legs less than two feet or 24 inches tall. Short bar stools can add decorative accents around your home and can be used in your dining room, living room, bar, and even basement.

You can choose from short bar stools made of various materials like metal, rattan, and plastic. They also come in different kinds of shapes from square, round, buckle, or saddle.


To summarize, stool dimensions would depend on the type of stool. Short bar stools have legs that are less than 24 inches tall. Counter height stools are slightly taller, ranging from 24 to 27 inches.

There are the bar stools which are around 29 to 32 inches tall. Lastly, the extra tall bar stools can range from 34 to 40 inches in height. Choose a stool type that you think would blend well with your table and other pieces of furniture in your home.