Designer bar stools complement the best home bars and are a highlight of the whole experience. You need a comfortable, classy seat to enjoy your cocktails and spirits in a great atmosphere.
Simpli Home Rayne Counter Stool
Available in gray, white and black, the Simpli Home Rayne counter-height stools come supplied in pairs. These are stylish, metal tube-based constructions that fit in with modern home bars. Our favorite version are the black powder coated finished stools. Slick and strong, these have smart design elements like their curved backs and cross-brace foot rests. Simpli Home’s use clever use of thin gauge iron tubing makes their stools lightweight and portable. When not in use they slide easily – and safely – under counters thanks to their protective rubber feet. They can also be stacked so you have no excuse for not keeping your living area tidy.
The seat itself measures 12” x 12” x 9.65” (w x d x h). The stools are cool to the touch compared to ones made of wood and are just the thing for sitting on after a hectic day.
Poundex Bobkona Earline swivel bar stool
The Bobkona Earline is a totally different and exciting design. With cues from traditional and modern furniture worked seamlessly into one impressive whole, these stools are excitingly stylish. Crafted from metal and wood ensure you get the best of both worlds; the strength of a twin-tube frame and the warmth and elegance of the wood. These stools offer excellent support for individuals up to 300 lbs thanks to their sturdy brown faux leather PU-covered foam cushions. The strong footrests help strengthen the frame further as well as being comfortable to use especially when you swivel 360 degrees! The backs are a combination of wood and metal curlicues that certainly make an impressive visual impact.
Assembly is straightforward but we would prefer to see longer screws in the pack to help gain better purchase on the seat but this is a quick and cheap fix. All the tools are provided too so you don’t have to dig around in your toolbox.
Great Deal Furniture Jaeden Backless bar stool
The Jaeden bar stools are some of the most classically attractive on the market today. These ones are the counter version and showcase the elegance of dark espresso-stained legs and well-padded, firm cushion that utilizes nail stud fastenings. The curve of the seat offers good support and is finished in a brown faux leather material. One or two of our reviewers (naming no names) weigh over 220 lbs but happily report that the Jaeden is robust enough to seat them comfortably. This stool is also available with a beige seat and paler stained legs. We love the simplicity of the design that complements most kitchen/living space décor. An added bonus is that these arrive already assembled.
Armen Living Vienna Barstool
To talk about Armen Living’s Vienna bar stools is to talk about a fantastic mélange of modern style influences meeting traditional mid-century and executive seating solutions. We like to think that all of our choices in this review of designer bar stools would make your home bar experience extra special – these are more than just chairs, these are important elements that all add up to creating your perfect atmosphere.
For your money you will receive a beautiful pair of Vienna bar stools that feature sturdy walnut finished frames with strong metal footrests. The Vienna stools have 360-degree rotating seats which are very practical and great for your comfort when sitting with friends. The curved, padded foam seats bear attractive stitching across their faux leather surfaces. The bar stools are rated for people weighing 250 lbs.
While also available with brown upholstery, it is this gray version that we prefer the overall look of. These are the typical 30” height bar stools but it’s good to know that there is a 26” counter stool too so you can purchase whichever Vienna your home bar design allows. Another plus for the Vienna bar stool is that they are fairly heavy and would take a lot of pushing or a big knock for them to tip. This is something that you should always consider when choosing a bar stool as by their very nature they are less stable than a regular chair.
Baxton Studio Avril Modern & Contemporary bar stool
If you have a little more to spend then you should definitely consider Baxton Studio’s Avril bar stool. This contemporary design impresses with its looks and superior comfort. A generously padded cushion is complemented with a low, embracing backrest; all covered in white faux leather with nail head fastenings and button-tufting for an up-market appearance.
The frame is made from well-finished rubberwood and stained an attractive dark espresso color. The Avril is a swivel stool and it’s designed for the long-term. A metal swivel plate and mechanism provides years of reliable use. Equally at home in your home (!) or in a restaurant or bar setting the Avril will quickly find a place in your heart.
These stools are available in a variety of colors and in a counter stool size as well. Assembly is required but it’s very straightforward and shouldn’t take you more than ten minutes.
Boraam Augusta swivel bar stools
In a similar price bracket are the fabulous Boraam Augusta bar stools. As a company, Boraam Industries is a relative newcomer having been established in 2001 but it’s swiftly become a popular option for high quality bar furniture. Design-wise, the Augusta bar stools are reminiscent of those you find in traditional, up-market bars and add a touch of class to your own home bar.
Made from solid hardwood, these bar stools are strong and durable and have a flare to the legs to aid stability. The footrest is fashioned from one piece of hardwood and securely attached to the legs by pairs of Allen wrench bolts. The swivel mechanism comprises a metal plate with steel ball bearings for 360 degree rotation in either direction. The curved backrest is 14.5” high and the seat has a diameter of 16”. Both have pleasantly supportive cushioning and will keep you and your guests comfortable. The seats are covered in faux leather which we find easy to clean and should withstand years of use!
Boraam surpasses itself by offering this barstool in a wide range of finishes, upholsteries and availability in both bar and counter height. Unlike most manufacturers you can purchase these singly as well as in pairs. The stools require assembly but happily the instructions are remarkably clear and the process is straightforward. You also get a 90-day limited warranty should you have any problems with your purchase.
Wholesale Interiors Peace Zebra print bar stool
Classy, minimalist and chic are just some of the superlatives we can lavish on the Wholesale Interiors Peace bar stool. The zebra print fabric is stunning and complements the bar stool’s clean lines perfectly. This is our first bar stool on test which sports a fabric, rather than a faux leather covering which is great for consumer choice. The cushioning is up there with the best although some may find the chair diameter itself to be a little on the small size.
The Peace bar stool is supplied singly unlike most others which are dispatched in pairs. So it’s important to remember that when considering a purchase. Looking more optimistically, it does mean that you can easily pick up three or five without having to shell out on an unwanted fourth or sixth.
It has a strong wooden frame with slightly splaying legs to prevent tipping and to give the user that bit more confidence that they will remain vertical throughout. The footrest is a circle of chrome-plated steel that fastens securely to the legs for extra support. The Peace bar stool requires some assembly and we would advise you keep the protective wrapping on the zebra fabric until you’re done. These are really impressive-looking stools and even more so in a real-life home bar setting.
Rivet Malida Mid-Century swivel bar stool
We are nothing if not varied in our tastes over the best designer bar stools. The Malida is an own-brand from amazon.com, a mid-century styled open backed bar stool. It has modern, dynamic color options including felt gray, canary and aqua. If you want to coordinate your seating options then you will be pleased to know that these come in dining chair and counter stool versions too. The Malida is a substantial chunk of hardwood that is sturdy and versatile. Its design manages to delight as it’s definitely a swivel stool while not looking like a swivel stool so don’t get surprised when it moves under you! It’s a wide-swing type rather than a full 360 degree pivot.
These are supplied singly so make sure you know how many you want before ordering. We love how the Rivet Malida is every bit the fashion statement. An espresso-stained frame is topped by a comfortable padded seat, arms and back rest that cooperate to give you a cozy bar experience. The seat height is 30”, the standard for bar stools and its backrest rises a further 11”. The seat comprises a hardwood base with a foam-padded cushion wrapped in polyester fabric with an elastic suspension system that ensures it remains firm use after use.
If you choose a Malida bar stool then you get a free-return window of 30 days for peace of mind and a one year warranty. Another benefit is that these are shipped fully assembled so all you have to do is to unpack them and you’re ready to go. There is a lot of padding in the boxes and ours arrived with punched handholds to help the delivery guys (and you) maneuver them around.
Powell Company Big and Tall Copper Stamped Barstool
Powell never ceases to amaze us with their range of top quality furniture. Art meets practicality with their Big and Tall bar stool and its magnificent metal sculptured lines and curves. These stools are suitable for people of all sizes (which suits our reviewers!) with generous 19” seat diameters. If you are approaching 6’ 5” then you will be delighted that, for once, you can sit snugly on a deep seat without feeling like you are perched on the edge and about to fall off. The stool’s seat height is the regular 30” and the back adds a further 12” to this. It sports a robust swivel mechanism which – along with the stool itself – is rated to 300 lbs. The liberally cushioned seat is covered in a rust orange faux leather polyester fabric that is easy to clean and maintain. The sitting position makes you feel very regal and the footrest helps you maintain good posture. Its frame is made of high quality steel with a reassuring weight and attractive bronzed finish.
These chic bar stools are sold singly so our advice again is to make sure you don’t get caught out assuming they are in pairs. Assembly is required and you do need to set half an hour to an hour aside for the build. Due to the nature of the Powell bar stool with its myriad metal components we suggest loosely bolting each part together and only tightening them up when it’s nearly fully assembled. That way you ensure a good, level piece of furniture that won’t suffer with parts working themselves loose over time. As a side note, the feet of the bar stool are metal so if you plan to use them on a wooden or tiled floor be sure to purchase some pads to prevent scratching. In the box you get an open end wrench and an Allen wrench which is all you need for the job.
The Powell bar stool is a beautifully ornamental and practical piece of furniture that will highlight the elegance and sophistication of any home bar which is why we give it our highest recommendation.
We will continue to expand and update this article so stay tuned for our choices of the best designer bar stools you can buy for your home bar!