Almost all kitchen islands incorporate seating, for times spent relaxing, catching up with friends or breakfast with the family. Bar stools are essential for those high island worktops. If you spend the majority of your time living in your kitchen you need to look for well-designed versatile options.
Consider the aesthetic and style within your space. You don’t want the stools to be to be overbearing. There’s a multitude of materials to choose from. If you have a contemporary kitchen go for a simple and timeless design with faux leather or fabric finish. For more industrial kitchens add rich textures with raw wood, iron finishes and metal frames.
Know what you’re working with and measure your cabinet height before making decisions. There are many options out there to consider. As well as the height, think about whether your dream seating will resist stains and liquids. Go for durable finishes when they’re placed next to prep or cooking areas.
To help you find your perfect kitchen stool we’ve selected some of our favourites below:
For the design savvy, this Philippe Starck Masters Stool is a popular choice for contemporary kitchens. The design is inspired by the silhouettes of three iconic chairs by Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames. It also comes in a variety of colours to suit the theme you want to reflect in your home.
Exposed brick, rustic metals, stainless steel appliances and raw materials, industrial style kitchens have become increasingly popular over the past year. Complete this trendy look with industrial style seating. This Swoon Editions Welles bar stool combines a beautiful handcrafted wood seat with a matt charcoal coated metal frame.
Want to be a little more adventurous? Go for the Cox & Cox black iron bar stool, a contemporary Scandinavian design, this minimalist piece sits nicely within most modern kitchens. Its crafted from industrial style black painted iron so great for busy spaces.
A highly versatile design, the About Series stool from Hay comes in a huge range of materials and colours to suit your home. Want a sophisticated feminine look? Go for softer upholstered materials or stainless powder-coated durable options for modern industrial style kitchens.
It’s worth considering comfort when it comes to bar stools. For options without backs it’s best to choose a design that has a footrest. This John Lewis classic bar stool is made from natural oiled solid wood, it sits seamlessly within traditional or contemporary kitchens.
A beautiful stool for a contemporary stylish kitchen. With a pine frame and steel legs, the upholstered light willow seat adds a touch of luxury.