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Whether you’re looking for seats for your kitchen island, need to outfit your home bar, or want versatile seating for your living room, office, or small business, stools rule. More compact than traditional Parsons style dining chairs and better suited to fit with kitchen islands and standing desks, stools are comfortable, practical, and can add a touch of flair to any décor.
In a 2019 survey done by the design site Houzz, adding an island to a kitchen came in second for major renovations homeowners wanted to make in their home, with new countertops, including islands, the number one major upgrade most people wanted to make in their kitchen. As the trend towards open concept living continues, kitchens are now bigger than ever, which means kitchen islands and their ability to double as workspaces and eating spaces are here to stay. So yeah, you need a stool.
Whether you’re going backless and want a stool that can slide under the counter when not in use or you’re looking for a seat with more support and padding, we’ve got the stool for you. And if your home is kitchen island-free, the need for stools may still be there. Practicing the guitar or electric keyboard? You need a stool. Taking a seat while working on arts and crafts? Stool time. Working in your garage or basement on a DIY project? Stools for the win.
Whatever your seat needs, these stools will support you, literally.
1. Angel Line Cambridge Bar Stools
Ideal for matching with white cabinets and appliances, the Angel Line Cambridge Bar Stools feature grey upholstered seats with white wooden legs for a look that is clean and modern. The 24” stools are sold in sets of two and have an attractive nailhead trim that give the seats a polished finish.
Pros: The stools are easy to clean with a damp cloth.
Cons: The cushioned seats are faux leather, which is more cost-effective but not as durable as real leather.
2. Modern Square Adjustable Bar Stools with Back
Swivel 360 degrees and easily adjust from counter height (21.5”) to bar height (31.5”) using the airlift handle on the Modern Square Adjustable Bar Stools with Back. The Modern Square stools are the most comfortable option on our list, with a short back and footrest that makes these a great seating option for kitchens, rec rooms, offices, lobbies and more.
Pros: The Modern Square stools are available in ten colors, including bright options like red and orange.
Cons: The Modern Square chairs will tip over if climbed on and aren’t ideal in homes with small children.
3. Winsome Satori Stool
The classically designed saddle seat Winsome Satori Stool is beautifully crafted with durable beechwood and available in either walnut or black. The backless stool is 24” high (also available in 29”) and is perfect for daily use or can be easily stored and brought out when extra seating is needed.
Pros: The Winsome is the only stool on our list that isn’t sold in a pair, making it an excellent option for those looking for an uneven number of seats.
Cons: With no padding on the seat, the Winsome isn’t as comfortable for extended sitting as the first two options.