How to Choose the Best Commercial Stools for Your Restaurant, Bar, or Pub

How to Choose the Best Commercial Stools for Your Restaurant, Bar, or Pub

When it comes to buying commercial stools, there are a few things you should consider before splashing a load of cash.

Sizing is an essential factor and the materials used are a crucial consideration to ensure you get longevity out of your commercial bar stools. But aesthetics are also a vital element to get right to give off the right vibes in your restaurant, bar, or pub.

So without further adieu, here’s a guide to some of the best commercial stools that will seat bums comfortably day in and day out in your establishment.

Sizing Up Your Commercial Stools

Before you start searching for seating for your business, it’s best first to figure out what sort of sizing you need.

If you have tables already installed, or you’re planning to buy new tables, you’ll still need the stools to match correctly. The last thing you need is stools that look stunning, but in which customers can’t sit comfortably. 

A typical height range for a bar stool is between 28-32 inches. Seats within this height range should be paired up with tables around 42 inches to allow for good legroom, yet let you sit over the table comfortably to eat and drink.

Counter stools are shorter than bar stools and usually measure between 23-28 inches. They work best for counter islands, which aren’t particularly common in pubs, bars, or restaurants but give off an exciting and dynamic vibe. Tables of between 35-38 inches pair up well with counter stools, however.

Then you have standard restaurant stool sizes ranging from about 17-21 inches in height. These stools should be paired up with standard restaurant dining tables at heights of between 29-33 inches.

[Related: Guide to Lounge Seating]

Measuring Guidelines

Now we’ve looked at some standard stool and table heights; here are some quick general guidelines to help you figure out what stool sizes you need for your particular needs.

First, measure from the floor to the top of your table or countertop. Then just subtract between 10-12 inches from that measurement, and that’s a rough guideline for what height your stools should be.

Also, don’t forget to consider any armrests that your stools may have and figure out how many stools will fit under your countertop. You should have at least 3-4 inches of space available between your bar stools.

Materials and Construction

After sizing up your stools, you now need to think carefully about which materials you want your commercial furniture to be made of. As well, you’ll want to consider the quality of their construction.

Since your chosen stools will likely be used thousands of times by paying customers, they’ll need to be extra durable. Additionally, the construction and materials used should retain their pleasing aesthetics, even after extended use.

Therefore, metal and wood are some preferred materials used to construct high-quality pub and bar stools. They can come in various colors and styles to fit your bar or restaurant’s theme.

Now we’ll take a look at some specific bar, pub, and restaurant stool designs to get an idea of what you can opt for.

[Related: Popular Styles of Commercial Restaurant Tables]

Classic Backless Leather Upholstered Pub Stools

These are a quintessential and timeless stool design. The excellent thing about these pub stools is they take up relatively little space. Plus, they can be moved around easily to suit events and other needs. 

Also, since they are leather upholstered, they’re super easy to clean and exceptionally durable.

There are square and round options to check out, and they mostly come with four high-quality wooden legs with a metal support bracket for extra strength and stability.

The only downside to these stools is that there is no backing, so customers won’t be able to lean back and get too comfy. That being said, if you position them near a dancefloor, they may help to get people up and moving since they won’t be too comfortable.

Traditional or Modern Metal and Wood Chairs

There is now a vast array of traditional or modern-styled wood and metal chairs to choose from. They’ll surely be something that fits just right for your establishment. 

One great option with a choice of either a plain wood seat or an upholstered one. The simple wood seat is best suited for bars and pubs where people may spill drinks from time to time. The upholstered version might work best for more upscale joints and restaurants in general.

Armrest Bar Stools

For the ultimate comfort, why not opt for commercial upholstered bar stools with armrests? 

They can give you a more formal look and don’t have to be exclusively used throughout your bar. In fact, it’s a good idea to mix and max different bar stools in your pub, bar, or restaurant to give it a more chic and exciting vibe. 

Commercial Bar Stool Styles and Features Summary

Here is a list of the different bar stool styles and features that you can expect to choose from for your establishment.

We’ll run through styles first and then the features:


  • Retro
  • Vintage
  • Industrial
  • Rustic
  • Traditional
  • Modern


  • Backless (square/round)
  • Bolt down
  • Swivel
  • With armrests
  • Upholstered

With a multitude of unique commercial stools available, it can be tough to know what to go with.

We also specialize in providing a wide variety of commercial stools that can suit all your pub, bar, or restaurant’s needs. Plus, we can even offer custom options. Why not check out our wide range of commercial stools on our website and quickly get an estimate for the ones that take your fancy?

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