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Restaurant Bar Stools Buying Guide

There are many options to consider when purchasing a bar stool for your bar, restaurant or club. One important choice you will have to make is whether to buy wood or metal bars stools. Wood is considered more high end and is more classic in design while metal is more versatile both in design and locations used. Wood has a natural warmth and can upgrade your venue to a more upscale look while metal bar stools are ideal for venues that have an industrial or modern interior design.

Commercial Bar Stools Materials and Construction

When selecting a barstool for your restaurant, you will first need to choose which type of material that you would like. Each has their benefits: Iron cast, stainless steel, chrome or Aluminum? For a traditional look, consider iron cast. You can choose from different stain finishes so that they can match any décor that you have. For a modern look, consider an option like stainless steel, chrome or aluminum. Iron cast and stainless steel can be more durable and offer greater versatility, and can usually be used both indoors and outdoors.

commercial grade bar stools

A key factor in choosing your bart stool is the finish. Our wood bar stools come in several standard finishes such as mahogany, cherry or walnut and premium colors for an additional cost. A custom finish can also be made for the wood frame to match your decor. Metal mostly comes in black or clear coat finish with some custom options available for additional cost finish options. Another advantage to metal frames is the finish is more resistant to scratching and scuffing than wood.

Restaurant Bar Stools Styles and Design

bar stools with arm rests


Arm rests are a great way to provide additional comfort for your guests. Bar stool and chairs with arms also give your venue a more sophisticated look. Just make sure when ordering bar stools with arms for our restaurant that the combined height of the seat and arms fits under the table to allow for a more comfortable seating arrangement.
swivel bar stools


Swivel bar stools allow your guests more flexibility and comfort with the ability to rotate 360 degrees. These bar stools offer a more comfortable and relaxing experience for your guests since they don’t have to get up and move to turn around to socialize or watch a game on another screen. This type of seating is very popular in bars, clubs and other entertainment venues.
bolt down restaurant bar stools

Bolt - Down

Bolt down bar stools are very popular with venues such as diners, ice cream parlours, and quick service restaurants. They are particularly useful in venues with high traffic since they are bolted to the floor and are therefore very safe and stable.They also save space. Many bolt down bar stools also swivel or are backless making them a convenient seating choice. These versatile bar stools are built to the highest quality standards and are aesthetically pleasing.
retro restaurant bar stools

Retro / Vintage

Retro and vintage style bar stools have a wide range of appeal for many different types of interior design whether it's for a diner, ice cream parlour, a quick service restaurant or any other venue. Retro and vintage bar stools have become increasingly popular and this style blends well with modern and traditional decor.
backless restaurant bar stools


Backless bar stools have a timeless look that never goes out of style. These classic bar stools can mix well with any interior design be it industrial, modern. They are also versatile and functional, giving people more freedom of movement. Another advantage to the backless bar is that they can be easily stored on table tops when not in use, making it easier to clean the floor.
industrial restaurant bar stools

Industrial / Rustic

Industrial and rustic bar stools mix well with many interior decors including modern and traditional. These bar stools are inspired by warehouse and factory style furniture which is both minimalist and utilitarian. These bar stools usually meld wood and metal using distressed or reclaimed wood and gunmetal, gray or black metal which gives it a rugged look. All metal industrial bar stool with vibrant colors also and warmth and character to industrial interior design.
patio restaurant bar stools


With weather resistant materials our patio bar stools for restaurants are a must have for any restaurant with an outdoor dining area.
counter stools

Counter Stools

Slightly higher than chairs and shorter than bar stools our counter stools are a great match for counters in any commercial setting.

Bar Stools vs. Counter Stools

Most commonly used in residential settings like kitchen islands and counters counter stools are approximately 12" lower compared to bar stools. In commercial settings they can sometimes be found at window counters, bars and open kitchen counters.


chair height


Seat height measures between 17" - 20". Recommended for 30" - 33" table heights.
counter stool height

Counter Stools

Seat height measures between 23" - 28" and pair best with 35" - 37" table heights.
bar stool height

Bar Stools

Seat height measures between 29" - 32" and should be paired with 41" - 43" table heights.


To ensure to ensure the right fit between your bar stools and bar tables all you need is to measure from the floor to the top of the counter or table, subtract 10 to 12 inches from the height and choose the right bar stool / counter stool to match the height and the restaurant's design. Don't forget: armrests may require more space.

Other measurements you need to consider are the spaces between each bar table and stools and between bar stools placed along a counter. You should leave between 26 to 30 inch space between each bar stool, measuring from the center of one stool to the next.

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