What's the Difference Between Standard vs. Counter- vs. Bar-Height Stools?

Standing desks and adjustable-height tables have become popular, but how do you know what chair to use with them? It may sound simple—counter-height stools go with counter-height tables, and bar-height stools go with bar-height tables. But, of course, it’s never that easy, is it? Often, chairs and stools aren’t listed as counter- or bar-height, and you’re left to guess. If you’re searching for new chairs or stools for your breakroom, basement, kitchen, or café, let this be your guide.

The main difference between standard, counter-height, and bar-height stools is the height of the stool:

  • Standard Chair: 16” – 23”H at the seat

  • Counter-Height: 24” – 27”H at the seat

  • Bar-Height: 28” – 33”H at the seat


We recommend you start by pulling out your tape measure and measuring the height of your bar, table, or countertop. Ensuring you have the accurate height of your table or countertop is crucial to knowing what barstool type will fit best.

Once you know the height of your table or countertop, choose a coordinating stool that will put you at the perfect height. There's a stool style that's suited for every table.

Standard-Height Chairs 

Standard-size chairs, also known as table-height chairs, are the easiest to select since they are made for use at a standard height table, which measures 28” – 30” high. Café chairs typically measure 16” – 23” high at the seat and can be found in almost any style. 

The word standard is used a lot, so make sure you know which stool you need by measuring your table first. You don't want to guess.

Counter-Height Stools

Counter-height stools are taller than standard chairs and typically measure 24” – 27” high at the seat. These stools are designed for counter-height tables, which measure 35” – 39” high. This type of stool is shorter than what you might see at a restaurant or bar but are often the ideal option for use with built-in overhangs on counters in residential settings or office breakrooms. A mixture of standard- and counter-height tables gives employees options for their seating and can be a visually appealing break from the traditional breakroom.

Bar Height Stools

How tall are bar height stools?

  • Typically measure 28" to 33" high at the seat

  • Designed for counters and tables 41" – 43" high

  • Often a bit too tall for counter-height tables or counters

  • Commonly seen in bars and restaurants 

Bar-height stools are the tallest on this list, usually measuring 28” – 33” high at the seat. You’ll typically find this type of seating in restaurants and bars. It’s best used with bar-height tables that measure 41” – 43” high.


Best Selling Table-, Counter-, and Bar-Height Seating

Strata Armless Standard Chair

Available in 6 Options

Strata Armless Standard Chair


Figo Stool with Fabric or Polyurethane Seat

Available in 6 Options

Figo Stool with Fabric or Polyurethane Seat


Barista Armless Café Chair

Available in 2 Options

Barista Armless Café Chair


Facet Modern Café Stool

Available in 1 Option

Facet Modern Café Stool



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