Family cooking dinner and using their barstools

How to Choose the Right Barstool for Your Home

A kitchen or dining room makeover is very exciting. It’s one of the spaces you spend the most time in, so of course you want it to be functional and beautiful! When shopping for pub tables and barstools at furniture stores in the Bay Area, keep these tips in mind.


The most important measurement you’ll want to pay attention to is the height of your pub table or bar countertop. Obviously, you need to make sure the barstool will fit underneath the space while still leaving room for a guest’s legs. The average dining table sits at about 28″ to 32″, so you’ll want chairs in the 24″ to 26″ range. For taller bar-height counters and pub tables, a seat at 28″ to 30″ high will be sufficient.


Another important consideration is how many chairs you can comfortably fit in your space. Dining tables are often meant to accommodate four to six seats, while bars, islands, and counters, can have a wide range of space. When choosing barstools, you’ll want to measure your available space and the width of the seat or legs (whichever is larger). Don’t forget to include a little room around the edges to provide ample space between guests!


If the barstools you’re considering are not circular, you’ll also need to keep the depth in mind. Do you want to be able to fully tuck the chair underneath the counter? Then you’ll need to know how much space is available from the base of the counter to the edge of it. If this is not important to you, or you plan to purchase stools with a back on them, you’ll still want to know how deep the seat is to find out if it will fit under your counter. Also consider any obstructions that may get in the way of moving the chair back, such as a wall, furniture, or pillar behind your dining space.


Once you’ve got your measurements, you’re ready to go shopping for barstools and dining furniture in San Francisco! Having these measurements handy will make it easy to eliminate the choices that don’t suit your space. After you’ve narrowed your options, you can focus on the style and colors of the barstools to find the ones that will match your interior design esthetic. Whether you want clean and simple lines to match your minimalist vibes, or you want sumptuous fabrics and soft cushiony seats for a luxurious dining experience, you can find whatever suits you best!

Shop at the Best Furniture Stores in the Bay Area

California Stools, Bars, and Dinettes is proud to offer a wide selection of dining furniture in San Francisco. From traditional dining room tables and sets to pub tables and barstools, we have the sizes, styles, and prices you’re looking for. Please stop by one of our two locations today, or search through our inventory online. If you have any questions or would like to make a purchase, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Our experienced furniture professionals are available to help you find exactly what you’re looking for!