Modern Outdoor Bar Stools


Make the most of your outdoor space with patio bar stools

Outdoor bar stools and counter stools are a terrific seating option for decks, patios and pool areas, lending a casual, contemporary ambience to outdoor spaces, and creating seamless extensions of a kitchen or dining area. Modern outdoor stools are not for every outdoor space, though, so if you're considering adding outdoor bar stools to your outdoor seating scheme, you may want to ask yourself some relevant questions before making a final decision.

When do contemporary patio bar stools or counter stools make sense?

This is an important question because not every outdoor space is conducive to the particular look and feel of an outdoor bar stool or outdoor bar furniture, in general. Depending on the size and other features of your outdoor space, a bar or counter area may be awkward and not the best use of the outdoor space on hand. So, while it's easy to become enamored of the look and feel of contemporary outside bar stools, be sure that your patio, pool, or deck will be enhanced by the inclusion of bar stool seating, and that a bar seating area also suits your personal and entertaining needs. Ultimately, the furniture you choose should be driven by the way you use your outdoor space, rather than driving you to use the space in a particular way.

How many modern outdoor bar stools should I buy?

With standard-height seating, whether couch, lounge chair or low stool, you shouldn't feel hemmed in by needing to buy a certain number of seats. With contemporary outdoor counter stools or bar stools, though, for obvious reasons, you'll definitely want to invest in at least a pair. Fostering conversation with a single barstool is all but impossible, but whether or not you'll need more than two outdoor counter stools will depend upon how large your bar, counter, or dining area is, and how comfortably more than 2 barstools fit will around it.

What's the difference between an outdoor bar stool and a counter stool?

Buying the wrong size designer outdoor stools is a common mistake, so measuring the surface area around which your patio bar stools will be clustered is imperative. Generally, there are 2 standard heights around which outdoor bar stools and counter stools are designed. Counter stools are the shorter version of the two, and typically stand at around 28 inches. This is the height suited to, say, a kitchen island or kitchen counter, so if an kitchen area with counter space is where the stools will reside, this would probably be the height you'll want. Bar stools are the statuesque counterparts to counter stools, standing around 32 inches, and suited to an actual bar or bar-height dining table. So, as you can see, measuring the height of your counter, bar, or table is absolutely essential.

Can I mix and match modern outdoor stools?

Absolutely. As with outdoor chairs and other seating, there's no rule that says that an outdoor bar stool has to have exactly matching companions. What should match is their height, but other than that, feel free to select a suite of designer outdoor bar stools that complement each other, whether by material, color, or overall design, if a matching set is not your cup of tea. As with indoor furniture, outdoor bar furniture should reflect your taste and imagination, so don't be afraid to put your own mark on a space, whether indoors or outdoors.