Bar stools: 8 of the best for your kitchen

December 15, 2021

A kitchen island is often the hub of the home, so give family and friends somewhere to perch with one of these stylish kitchen bar stools. Slot a couple of stools underneath a worktop, island or peninsula to turn it into a handy breakfast bar, or a causal spot for chatting over coffee or cocktails. Good Homes magazine picks out eight great designs for a sociable space, from grey stools with backs to colourful designs and Scandi wooden styles…

1. Colourful bar stools

For something a little different, the Turner Counter Stool from Cheeky Chairs (H70 x W45 x D32cm) is upholstered in Tropicalia by Kitty McColl fabric and is made to order in solid English ash with an oiled finish. The soft button seat is designed for comfort while the bold graphic design will create impact in any kitchen. Priced £395.

colourful bar stools with designer seat cushions in tropical print from Cheeky Chairs

2. Bar stools with back support

Simple and sophisticated, the Hay Soft Edge P10 bar stool from Nest comes in black, soft grey or white and is lightweight and easy to move around (H98 x W53.5 x D54cm). Made from a durable powder-coated steel frame with polypropylene seat and back, it blends strong curves with long steel legs for long-lasting comfort and support. Priced £179.

comfortable bar stools with back rest in black from Nest

3. Nordic-inspired design’s Thelma bar stool in oak and grey (H89 x W44 x D44cm) suits modern and traditional kitchens and also comes in oak and white. This Nordic-inspired design has a moulded seat with fixed pad and wipe-clean finish. The collection also includes dining and office chairs for a co-ordinated look throughout the home. Priced £109.

grey bar stools Nordic design from

4. Mustard yellow bar stool

Add a splash of colour to the kitchen with Danetti’s Sawyer bar stool in a vibrant mustard yellow plastic design (H92.5 x W42 x D50cm). Hardwearing and comfortable, thanks to its curved backrest, it features a sleek black looped leg and also comes in light grey, dark grey and teal. The mustard yellow looks great with dark blue cabinets. Priced £79 (sold in sets of 2 for £158).

mustard yellow bar stools with high back from Danetti

5. Scandi-style stools

Great for Scandi-style kitchens, B&Q’s Cooke & Lewis Shira white bar stool (H80.5xW39xD40cm) has solid beech legs and a practical wipe-clean seat, making it perfect for children. It comes with all the fittings and fixings for home assembly with a footrest that makes it comfortable to perch on for coffee or weekend brunch £38.

White Scandi-style bar stools with padded seats from B&Q

6. Industrial-style perch

Ideal for Shaker kitchens and the industrial look, the Tall Clockhouse stool from Garden Trading (H75 x W45 x D31cm) combines a rustic raw oak curved seat with painted options in off-black Carbon or Natural for a more contemporary effect. A few of these under a wooden worktop overhang or breakfast bar looks stunning. Priced £160.

industrial style bar stools with thick black legs and wooden seats from Garden Trading

7. Height adjustable seats

In a chic grey faux leather design with padded seat, the Flo bar stool from Lakeland Furniture (H109 x W40 x D47cm) has an adjustable height to suit all levels of countertop, breakfast bar and island. This also makes it a great option for families with young children, with the added bonus that they’re easy to wipe clean! It has a sturdy gas lift chrome base and 360˚ swivel with a lever to change the height in an instant. Priced £79.99.

grey bar stools with seat back from Lakeland

8. Black and gold bar stool

Go for the luxe look with Cult Furniture’s Camila kitchen stool (H68 x W38 x D29cm). With a black metal frame with brass cross brace detailing, it’s topped with a comfortable plush black velvet seat, plus the footrest helps you sit in an upright position. The frame also comes as an all-black design while the saddle stool shape is ergonomic and suits all spaces. Priced £89.

black and gold bar stool from cult furniture