In case you’re wondering what height your bar stools ought to be, this is highly dependent on what height your bar counter is.
As a general rule of thumb, seating height should be 8 to 12 inches below the table height. Therefore, when we speak of a regular dining table, we are looking at a table height of around 30 inches. So the seat of the dining chairs should then be something like 18 inches high.
So what about bar stools? Well there are two standard heights for bars. If you want a bar top that is conformed to that of your typical neighborhood pub or big city club, then you are looking at a bar top that is 42 inches above the floor. This is the perfect height for the average person standing up to be able to pick up or place a drink on the bar top without leaning over. The bar stool height ideally will place the seated person on the same eye level as a standing person. And this is still 8 to 12 inches below the bar top.
But most homeowners do not so much want a bar as a kitchen counter, and the ideal height for this provides an ergonomic work surface that allows the cook to prep the food without straining the neck or back — 36 inches. The appropriate height for the stools then is 24 inches, which is only a little higher than the typical dining table.
So there you have it, it’s a simple equation. After you figure out the stool height, make sure you allow 24” elbow room per person. So again, the number of stools you get depends on the length of your bar or counter.