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18 Stylish and Functional Bar Stools for Kitchen Islands

Taste of Home Logo By Bryce Gruber of Taste of Home | Slide 1 of 19: Shopping for the right bar stools for kitchen island use can be trickier than it seems. Choosing the right height, materials, special features and back style can make all the difference. Your perfect bar stools may be different whether you're pairing them with a kitchen island cart or a fixed stone countertop, too. "Kitchen bar stools not only look good but are functional items that are essential for your home," explains Anna Franklin, founder of Milwaukee-based interior design firm Stone House Collective. "Kitchen island bar stools come in a variety of styles and sizes, are very durable and can even be great for kids for a quick breakfast before school or dinner time. The wide availability of bar stools for kitchen islands makes them adaptable and flexible for any home, and finding a set that matches your aesthetic is simple." Franklin suggests focusing on a few main features to pick the best stools to spruce up small kitchens, average-size eating spaces and even the most expansive showpiece-style eat-ins. She says it's important to figure out the right height for your kitchen island or countertops. Then, find sturdy materials and high-quality construction to hold up to the most-used room in the house. "I recommend finding bar stools with durable, performance-grade fabrics. This makes them easier to clean, which is important in a high-traffic spot such as a kitchen or eating area." You'll also want to think about who will be using your kitchen bar stools the most to decipher the importance of things like weight capacity and stain resistance. Wondering where you should buy your bar stools? We weighed the pros and cons between Overstock and Wayfair. The Best Bar Stools for Kitchen Islands There are so many types of bar stools to choose from, and something for every budget and style. Here are a few designer-approved picks. Plus here's 10 must-have kitchen island carts.

How to Shop for Bar Stools

Shopping for the right bar stools for kitchen island use can be trickier than it seems. Choosing the right height, materials, special features and back style can make all the difference. Your perfect bar stools may be different whether you're pairing them with a kitchen island cart or a fixed stone countertop, too.

"Kitchen bar stools not only look good but are functional items that are essential for your home," explains Anna Franklin, founder of Milwaukee-based interior design firm Stone House Collective. "Kitchen island bar stools come in a variety of styles and sizes, are very durable and can even be great for kids for a quick breakfast before school or dinner time. The wide availability of bar stools for kitchen islands makes them adaptable and flexible for any home, and finding a set that matches your aesthetic is simple."

Franklin suggests focusing on a few main features to pick the best stools to spruce up small kitchens, average-size eating spaces and even the most expansive showpiece-style eat-ins. She says it's important to figure out the right height for your kitchen island or countertops. Then, find sturdy materials and high-quality construction to hold up to the most-used room in the house. "I recommend finding bar stools with durable, performance-grade fabrics. This makes them easier to clean, which is important in a high-traffic spot such as a kitchen or eating area."

You'll also want to think about who will be using your kitchen bar stools the most to decipher the importance of things like weight capacity and stain resistance. Wondering where you should buy your bar stools? We weighed the pros and cons between Overstock and Wayfair.

The Best Bar Stools for Kitchen Islands

There are so many types of bar stools to choose from, and something for every budget and style. Here are a few designer-approved picks. Plus here's 10 must-have kitchen island carts.

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