5 Tips for choosing the perfect bar stools for your kitchen island

The Statement kitchen island is the biggest trend in today’s kitchen design.  It is an essential feature of any kitchen and one of the most versatile, accommodating food prep, cooking, and storage as well as work, relaxed socialising and informal meals.

Following this trend, Bar stools are now one of the most important kitchen ingredients! They have become a crucial kitchen accessory - one that will be used day in day out and needs to be suited to the multifunctional role of the kitchen island. Bar stools must be functional, stylish and most of all, comfortable. 

But there is far more to it than that. Not only do the bar stools need to be the right height for the island, they need to match the overall aesthetic of the kitchen. If the kitchen is open plan, the stools also need to match the overall living space.

With today’s abundance of beautiful designer fabrics, bar stools now have the potential to become a stunning accessory that will bring a kitchen design to life.

So how do you choose the perfect stools for your kitchen island?

1. Think about which type of stool will work best for you

High-backed bar stools are more comfortable and offer ample support but can be bulkier, particularly if you are short on space.  Counter stools provide a more minimal look and are easily tucked away under the counter. Some islands are split into two levels. Families with young children less able to perch on stools, may opt for the lower level as more of a table with chairs and have stools for the higher level.  

2. Consider the ergonomics of your kitchen island

Not all kitchen islands are the same dimensions, and the height of the counter varies. The height of the seat of your bar stool is crucial. There is nothing worse than sitting too high or too low! Generally, the average height of an island is 90cm, and you will need around 20cm for sitting room. Therefore, the height of your stool seats needs to be 70cm.

However, the depth or thickness of the counter plinth will vary. It is Important that you carefully measure the height before buying your bar stools. Always measure from the underside of the island to the floor.

You also need to consider the style of your island and where your bar stools will be placed. Islands typically have an overhang known as a peninsula island. It is usually a bespoke option and essentially an extension of your kitchen worktop. This is a logical feature that will allow for seating and can accommodate luxury bar stools very comfortably.

Unlike many other chairmakers, we can adjust the seat height of our luxury bar stools to comfortably fit any island height.

Do check our Bar Stool Buying guide for more information.

Bar Stool Buying Guide

3. And don’t forget that all-important elbow room

The other thing to think about when
buying made to order bar stools is the number you need, not just for your family to sit on but to nicely fit into the space. Remember, it’s not just about height; it’s about the width too - the last thing you want is to feel hemmed in. Ideally, you need 15 cm of space in between stools to move freely without your arms touching your neighbors’.

4. Get fabulous with your bar stool finish and fabric

Onto the fun bit now that everyone loves, choosing the style and colour of your kitchen bar stools. Ideally, you want them to work with your kitchen decor for a wholesome, warm scheme yet ultimately be incredibly comfy. At Cheeky Chairs, we have a fabulous collection of made to order bar stools in many colourways, designer fabrics and specialist linen that can be adjusted to fit any island.

Our 4 models, the James, the Oxford Ella and the Turner can be made to order in your choice of fabric and finish. Our specialist team can paint the frames any colour to perfectly match the colour of your kitchen. So whether you prefer a more muted palette or vibrant colour, we have a
Cheeky bar stool to suit any taste. any colour that are available in many colourways, designer fabrics and specialist linen.

5. Made to Order, Built to Last

Your bar stools are one of the most
important elements in your kitchen. If you buy them well, you can bet they will last you for years to come. At Cheeky Chairs, our bar stools are handcrafted to perfection, and assembled in Kent, using only traditional methods to achieve a flawless finish and give a level of comfort that will surpass anything on the high street. Our made to order bar and counter stools will be that beautiful
finishing touch to your kitchen and will last a lifetime.