The kitchen is where a lot of the action happens, whether you live in a big house in the suburbs or a 500-square-foot box in the city (hello, it’s me). It’s where you prepare (or attempt to prepare) all of your meals, and it’s also where guests like to congregate when they visit, so it’s only natural that you’d want to make it as attractive as possible. If you have a kitchen island or breakfast bar (or, better yet, a REAL bar), adding some elegant bar stools is one of the finest ways to upgrade your kitchen. The greatest bar and counter stools are fashionable, robust, and most importantly, comfortable, and a good set of chairs can transform your kitchen into a fantastic party pad, in my opinion.
Of course, it’s difficult to shop for furniture when you want great things but don’t want to max up your credit cards trying to outfit your room. If you’re not wanting to spend a lot of money on furniture, stores like Wayfair and AllModern are wonderful places to start, and there are lots of other locations to find lovely items without breaking the bank. (Speaking of economical and incredibly stylish, did you know Cosmo has a CosmoLiving furniture collection available at Wayfair, Target, Amazon, and Walmart? You have it now.) From budget-friendly alternatives to super-luxe options, these are the greatest bar stools and counter stools the internet has to offer.
Counter Bar Stool by Ellis
This extremely elegant low-back chair comes in black, pink, gold, or gray and has a seat height of 25 inches, making it ideal for counters. It’s super simple to put together and much easier on the wallet (and no, we’re not biased).
Barstool with a Dip
This traditional stool with a twist is calling your name, vintage enthusiasts. This bb, which is 30 inches tall and has black lacquer and gold trim, is truly one-of-a-kind.
Bar Stool Primitivo
This Italian-made stool comes in white or gray and has a super-comfy seat and stunning fabric that no one will believe is faux leather. It has a 30 inch seat height and is also available in a 24-inch countertop variant.
Slope Upholstered Counter and Bar Stool
West Elm is known for its completely customized luxury items, and this upholstered stool is no exception. Make this stool uniquely yours by customizing the height, fabric, color, and metal finish.
Stools for the Riviera Bar and Counter
These gorgeous rattan frame chairs, which are based after the classic Parisian cafe chair (oui, oui!) and feature a seat height of 26 inches, are a must-have if your aesthetic screams “second house in the Hamptons.”
Bar and Counter Stool Julien
You might be wondering why this small saddle-style stool has over 4,000 positive reviews and a 4.8-star rating. That’s because it’s oh-so-adaptable. Choose your favorite height, wood finish, upholstery material, and color, and this bb will be delivered fully completed to your home.
Adjustable Height Bar Stool by Bellatier
Ashley is a great place to shop if you want budget furniture that doesn’t appear cheap. This white or brown adjustable swivel bar stool has imitation leather upholstery and a false wood finish, but it looks just like the real thing.
Set of 2 Madina Counter Stools
This magnificent pair of two barstools stands 28 inches tall and features a curved rosewood seat that’s suitable for you and a sleek iron base that’ll go with any décor style.
Set of 2 Aisha Upholstered Stools
This set of two imitation leather stools is such a bargain at just over $100 each. You can get them in four different colors and two different heights, and they’re just as comfortable as they seem thanks to the foam filling.
Cobb Backless Bar Stool
You’ll adore this simple metal stool if you’re striving for an industrial-chic appearance. This bad boy features a seat height of 30 inches with an easy detachable back rest. It comes in five different color variations and your pick of a solid oak or walnut seat (and it also comes in a 24-inch counter-height version).
Rattan Bar Stool Hagen
This woven rattan seat, available as a bar stool or counter stool, adds wonderful tropical sensations to any area (plus it’s quite soft). Please keep in mind that this chair is only available in multiples of two, so plan ahead.
So, how appealing is this bar stool? This gorgeous chair (which, by the way, has a seat height of 30 inches) features a hand-painted wrought iron frame with a clear lucite seat.
Bar Stool Adam
If you want to keep things simple, this effortlessly beautiful stool is the way to go. It comes in two different heights and a natural leather or solid oak seat, and it’ll look great in any room.
Set of two molded Brewster barstools
These barstools aren’t cheap at $340 each, but they’re definitely worth the money. These ultra-comfy stools come in four different color options and have a seat height of 30 inches with soft molded vinyl that actually moulds to your butt for maximum comfort.
Stool with Cornet
This incredibly modern stool (which comes with a black or chrome base and two different height options) is just about the trendiest seat you’ll ever meet, with its solid oak seat and asymmetrical steel base.
Bar Stool Alma
Yes, at $1,550 per, this fancy velvet stool is far from inexpensive. If you’re all about luxury, however, this stunner of a seat (available in wood or walnut, as well as nearly every color option imaginable) is a must-have.