Here’s a round-up of the best counter-height bar stools available in stores and online. My criteria for counter stools: fresh styles, highly-rated, and less than $300 per chair, because most of us buy multiples and it can really add up. If you’re planning to update your seating at a kitchen island or peninsula, check out these ideas for counter-height bar stools.
How to Choose the Best Counter-Height Bar Stools
Counter-height bar stools are typically in the 24″ – 26″ range, although they can be a tad shorter or taller, too. Helpful, right? The best thing to do is to measure your counter height and then choose a bar stool based on what feels comfortable. You won’t want a 23″ counter chair if you have a taller counter. I know that’s pretty vague, but there might be a tiny bit of trial and error, so check the return policy before you commit.
At our last house, our countertop height was approximately 36″ (which is fairly standard, because standard kitchen base cabinets are 34.5″). I chose 24″ counter-height bar stools for the kids to use at the peninsula and they’re great. These stools look very comparable to the ones I bought.
At the time, the best price I found for these stools was at Overstock. They were just over $100 each and I bought three. While researching this post, I learned that Overstock bought Bed Bath & Beyond and I don’t see our stools on the site. Now these are the closest, similar counter stools I can find. Target even sells a similar version, if you love these and want an easy return option.
How to Shop This Post
This roundup could be sorted by price, but I decided that it’s easier to sort the chairs by store. This way, all of the best counter-height bar stools from a particular retailer are grouped together. Please remember, I kept the prices for this roundup under $300 per chair, and you’ll find plenty of other options at each store. I tried to pull distinctive chairs from each retailer, without too much overlap of similar styles.
The retailers are listed alphabetically (guess you never really shake off being a teacher…). To see the prices, click on the images to visit each website.
Here’s just a sample of what’s available and popular right now. There are thousands more to choose from at Amazon. If you click through to a particular option here, scroll down the page to see what Amazon suggests for additional choices.
Here are four chairs priced under $300 at Anthropologie – yes, it’s possible, and there are a few more on the site! The white chair is also made from wood, which is an upgrade over plastic, for the price.
Article sells great designs at affordable prices. I haven’t yet ordered from Article, but I always admire their styles. Here are four counter-height bar stools under $300 each:
Ballard Designs has a more traditional flavor and higher price point than my usual shops. Here are three options that stayed under the budget for this roundup.
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Count on CB2 for fresh, sleek designs. They love mid-century designs and a lot of metal; here are some winners:
If you love design-forward furniture, don’t forget to check the listings at Industry West. These three counter-height bar stools/chair are all unique and charming. The caned chair is my favorite in this entire roundup.
Target has plenty of budget options for this collection. Here are six of the most eye-catching and modern designs, but you’ll find plenty of others on their website. Even the more traditional styles have fresh details.
Here are a few winners from UO, the cousin to Anthropologie.
Like Amazon, Wayfair has a deep bench when it comes to home decor. Here’s a selection of unique options. Many of these come in other colors or fabrics, so click through to the site if you’re curious about other options.
Without duplicating previous chairs in this list, here are four to get you started. World Market has a nice selection of stylish, counter-height chairs on their website.
My Unicorn: The Cherner Counter Chair for Under $300
Last but not least, here’s one of my favorite chairs in this category. Technically, it’s over $300, but Rove Concepts members get a 30% discount.
What do you think of this iconic design? It’s a knock-off of the Cherner Chair, which you can also see in all its glory and variations here.
Did You Notice What’s Missing?
Maybe you’ve figured it out, but I have a thing about chairs. They need to be comfortable to sit in. Otherwise, what’s the point? I didn’t include these popular industrial/farmhouse stools because they have a flat metal seat. How long can someone sit comfortably on these? They sure are cute though!