Guidelines for Selecting a stool
Furnishing a space can be overwhelming. Will the furniture you’ve picked out fit? Will the stools be high enough for you to be comfortably seated at the counter? If you are remodeling a dining space to include an island, bar, or high-top dining area you might need a few pointers for selecting the right stool that will seamlessly match your style and design aesthetic while maintaining overall function and practicality.
Measure the entire height of your counter or table from the floor to top. Once measured, subtract 10” -12″ from that height to giving you a general idea of the stool height you’ll need. This allows you plenty of room to sit comfortably with or without crossing your legs. At Moser, our standard stool seat heights of 25” or 27″ generally work well with counters about 36” high; 27” stools go with 38” surfaces, and 31” stools are used for 42” counters. All our stools are offered in these three standard seat heights. In addition, we offer three of our most popular stools, the Hallowell, Bowback, and High Stool in an 18” seat height. Another thing to consider is if you want the stool to be tucked underneath the counter fully or have it be somewhat exposed, this ties into our next point, the footprint.
What do we mean when we say footprint? The overall footprint will include width, depth, and height, whereas the base footprint will be measured by both the width and depth of the stool from the two outside legs. Keep in mind, the base footprint may not always be the widest area of the stool. For instance, the widest area of our 25″ Eastward Stool is at the crest, not the legs. It’s important to get the overall footprint dimensions of the stool to gauge if it will fit underneath a table or if it will remain slightly visible from a side-view of the counter. When deciding on how many will fit the space, you’ll generally want to allow anywhere from 28″, 2 ½ – 3ft from the center of each barstool to the next center to allow your guests to have enough arm room and feel comfortable sitting next to each other without feeling crowded. Also, in terms of footprint, it’s important to consider if the stools are cutting into any walking paths or doorways to know how far they are going to jut out – if the traffic pattern around your bar is tight, you will want to look for a stool that has a narrower depth like our Crescent or Hallowell stool.
The seat height of the stool is measured from floor to top of the seat or pommel. For stools with backrests, the seat height is still measured to the top of the seat, not to the top of the backrest.
To find out how many stools will fit in the space comfortably, measure 28″ from the center of each stool and 10″ – 14″ from the end. By allowing 14″ inward from the end of the counter you can achieve a lighter look that is not overly crowded.
The overall footprint is measured from the widest points, which is oftentimes measured at the legs. In some instances, the widest point of the stool may be at the crest of the chair.
When deciding on which height to choose, measure the height of your counter from floor to countertop and subtract 10″ -12″. This will give you the general idea of a stool height to choose.
A few of our stools, Aria and Harpswell, offer upholstered cushions for added comfort. The fabric selections range from fine leather, like our full-grain Riverside which is ideal for heavy to medium use, as well as some of our most durable fabrics like Knoll and Brentano. Great upholstery retains its style and appeal year after year. When choosing an upholstered stool consider how it will match the rest of your kitchen or space. Do you have wooden cabinets, granite countertops, a tiled backsplash, or hardwood flooring? Do you want the upholstery on the stool to complement the current color scheme or be an accent piece?
This can be as important of a decision as any when selecting the right stool for your space. If you are using the stool in a kitchen area selecting one without a backrest can give you a cleaner look as it will take up less visual space, which can work well in smaller areas. Whereas, one with a backrest can create the perfect companion to the counter space especially if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen entertaining, or if you have children who will be using the area frequently for eating, crafting, or doing homework. When choosing a stool with a backrest be sure to measure the height of the stool from the floor to the top of the seat, then consider the overall height. In most cases, a stool with a lower profile backrest, like our Bowback or Edo stool, will allow for clearance under the counter when tucked in.
When you begin to think about adding the perfect Moser stool to your space, remember these basic guidelines; height, overall footprint, backrests, and upholstery. Know your style and know your space. How will the overall footprint fit in the space that you have? Will the stools jut out into an entryway or walkway? Will the height of the stool put you at a comfortable height and give you enough space between the next person without feeling crowded? Do you want an upholstered seat? If so, do you want it to be an accent color or have it match beautifully to a tiled backsplash? How often will you be using the stool? Will your stool have a masterfully crafted backrest to cradle your back while you read the morning paper or share a story with a loved one? With these guidelines in your back pocket and our team of knowledgeable salespeople willing to help you, the hardest part will be deciding on which one to choose.