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A tough question for anyone with a bar or counter at home; what seat height should I choose for my chairs? 

Here you will find a simple guide to choosing the ideal height for your high chairs. This handy guide will also help you answer other questions about the design and comfort of your stool. 

High stools always get the attention and must be chosen with due care.  When designing a restaurant, bar or kitchen which will require bar stools these must be suitable for the future needs of the space. Therefore, the stool you choose should consider the comfort of the seat, as well as it’s aesthetic since it will be a centerpiece of your home.  

It is important to have good ergonomics, sitting and posture regardless of the use of your stool. The height of the seat of the stool is therefore essential and must combine design, comfort and quality.

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1. The height of the bar, counter, table, island or worktop

This is the starting point! In order to ensure a good position once seated, the choice of your tall chair depends on the height of your surface.

The recommendation is to leave a gap of around 30-35 cm between the stool and the upper edge of the ledge. It is also best to keep an approximate distance of 10 cm between your legs and the bottom edge of the table. 

2. The purpose of the chairs

It’s important to know the purpose of the chairs before-hand. To get to know this, you should ask yourself the following questions.
How often will these chairs be used? Is this a place to have a drink or a meal? For private or commercial use? In a public space? Indoor or outdoor? By adults or children? Will your guest stay seated for a long time or do you need a stool for quick and easy use?
The answers to these questions will determine which chair(s) would be the best fit for you.

3. A design stool, with or without armrest?

This choice is directly related to the answers of the previous question and your own personal taste. If you decide to go for a chair with armrests, you will have to consider the height of the seat in relation to your surface and not the height of the armrests. In some cases, the stool will not fit underneath the counter. Then it will be necessary to ensure you have enough space surrounding it.

4. With or without backrest?

We tend to think that a stool is more comfortable with a high back, but the maintenance and comfort is also defined by the ergonomics of the seat and the material used. A chair without a backrest will slide more easily under your surface to free up space and not clutter the room.
Remember that if you opt for a bar chair with backrest, you have to take into account the height of the seat in relation to the surface and not the height of the backrest.

Once the height of the stool is determined, consider the style of your interiors and choose your stool to match your designs!

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