Bar stools are an essential item for any home bar or kitchen counter. With so many options on the market, it can be tricky to find the perfect stools to suit your style and space. We’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite modern bar and counter stools to inspire your search. From sleek leather to colorful retro designs, there’s a style for every taste.

What to Consider When Buying Bar and Counter Stools

Before jumping into our top picks, here are some key factors to keep in mind as you shop for new bar stools:


Consider the height of your counter or bar area. Standard counter height is 36 inches, while standard bar height is 42 inches. Measure the height and make sure to pick stools that allow guests to comfortably reach the counter or bar with their feet resting on the stool rung or footrest.


Take measurements of the space where the stools will go to determine ideal size and quantity. Allow for adequate clearance around the stools when pushed under the counter or bar. Barstools are commonly 24-26 inches wide.


Look for cushioned seats if you want ultra-comfortable stools. Prioritize ergonomic shapes and curves for good back support. Swivel ability also enhances comfort and accessibility.


Leather, wood, acrylic, metal and upholstered seats each have their own aesthetic. Consider maintenance – leather wipes clean easily, while upholstered seats may be harder to clean.


There are endless styles when it comes to bar stools! Establish the look you want – modern, rustic, retro, industrial etc – and choose materials and colors to match.

20 Top Bar and Counter Stools

1. Archer Counter Stool from World Market

The Archer stool from World Market features a sturdy wood frame with a rich cappuccino finish and woven rattan seat in a neutral tan color. The clean lines and gentle curve of the backrest give it a contemporary feel that works well with a variety of decors. At just $130 each, this is an affordable option that still looks high-end. The medium brown tones are easy to incorporate into kitchens and bars alike.

Archer Counter Stool
  • Dimensions: 17.75″ W x 20″ D x 41.75″ H
  • Material: Rattan seat with wooden frame
  • Key Features: Contoured seat and curved backrest for comfort

2. Helsinki Bar Stool from Article

For a minimalist modern look, the Helsinki bar stool from Article is the perfect pick. At 32 inches high, these sleek stools work well for counters. The rounded seat and arched chrome legs give it a refined, almost art-deco feel. Available in velvet, leather and faux leather, Helsinki stools add luxury to any space. The blue velvet option makes a striking style statement.

Helsinki blue velvet stool
  • Dimensions: 19.5”W x 19.75”D x 32”H
  • Materials: Velvet, leather or faux leather with chrome legs
  • Key Features: Rounded seat with arched legs for fluid silhouette

3. Christopher Knight Home Axcel Swivel Bar Stool

For the ideal blend of style and function, the Axcel swivel stool by Christopher Knight Home is a winner. The curving backrest provides ample lumbar support, while the brown faux leather upholstery is both handsome and durable. The swivel function makes grabbing a seat at the counter or bar easy and convenient. At 41 inches high, these adjustable stools work perfectly for bar areas.

Brown leather swivel stool
  • Dimensions: 23.75”W x 23”D x 41”H
  • Materials: Faux leather upholstery with chrome base
  • Key Features: Swivel design and contoured back for comfort

4. Tom Dixon Slab Bar Stool

The iconic Slab bar stool, designed by Tom Dixon, makes a bold sculptural statement in any space. The chunky slab seat rests atop a slim curved chrome base for an artistic contrast. Available in a range of striking hues like blue, pink and green, the matte finish adds a pop of color. Slightly reclined with a low back, the Slab stool provides a relaxing yet upright seat. It works equally well in modern bars, kitchens and offices.

Tom Dixon blue Slab stool
  • Dimensions: 16.1” W x 14.9” D x 28.3” H
  • Materials: Polypropylene seat with chrome base
  • Key Features: Angled reclined seat and slim base for unique look

5.ência Bar Stool from Lulu and Georgia

The ência bar stool from Lulu and Georgia features a retro yet minimalist silhouette. The rounded seat and curved wooden legs give it a playful, almost art deco aesthetic. Available in neutral, earthy and pastel hues, the ência stools will add a pop of subtle color to brighten any space. The seat cushion provides plush comfort without looking overly puffy. The plastic feet protect floors from scuffs and scratches.

Beige ência stool
  • Dimensions: 14” W x 14” D x 29” H
  • Materials: Velvet upholstery with wooden legs
  • Key Features: Comfortable padded seat with retro styling

6. Rivet Globe Bar Stool

The Rivet Globe bar stool infuses contemporary design with industrial elements for an edgy yet modern look. The rich globe leather seat provides comfort and character atop the thin metal base. At bar height with a footrest, this stool is great for pulling up to a home bar or kitchen counter. The black color option is ultra-modern and pairs well with a variety of color schemes from bold brights to natural woods.

Black leather and metal globe stool
  • Dimensions: 20.5” W x 20.5” D x 46–50.5” H
  • Materials: Globe leather seat with powder coated steel base
  • Key Features: Striking industrial design with adjustable height

7. Tan Leather and Wood Swivel Stool from Urban Outfitters

For a retro look with rustic flair, check out this tan leather and wood swivel stool from Urban Outfitters. The rich cream leather seat pairs nicely with the rounded tropical mango wood base. The iron legs and subtle arching curves add extra elegance. The 360-degree swivel seat provides flexibility, while still feeling sturdy and well-constructed. This neutral 27-inch stool transitions seamlessly from home bars to kitchen counters.

Tan leather swivel stool
  • Dimensions: 19.5” diameter x 27” H
  • Materials: Mango wood base with leather seat
  • Key Features: Swivel design with arched wood supports

8. Abbyson Living Palermo PU Leather Swivel Barstool

Another fabulous faux leather swivel stool option comes from Abbyson Living. The Palermo has a classic silhouette with gently curved legs, footrest and arched back support. The padded seat offers superior comfort, with seam detailing adding visual interest. The neutral cream color works with a variety of color schemes from traditional to modern. These counter-height swivel stools are as practical as they are stylish.

Cream leather swivel stool
  • Dimensions: 27.2” W x 19.7” D x 42.5” H
  • Materials: PU leather with chrome base
  • Key Features: Generous curved backrest with swivel seat

9. Acme Cyrus Leather Swivel Stool

The Acme Cyrus stool combines sleek modern lines with the warmth of top-grain leather. With a gently curved seat perched on slender metal legs, this stool makes a refined yet eye-catching statement. The swivel seat and backrest adjustment lever enable you to customize the fit. The red color option adds a bold pop for contemporary bars and kitchens. The chrome base has a commercial quality built to last.

Red leather swivel stool
  • Dimensions: 20” W x 20” D x 46–53.5” H
  • Materials: Top grain leather with chrome base
  • Key Features: Commercial grade with adjustable swivel seat

10. Langley Street Welling Backless Bar Stool

For a streamlined look, the Welling backless stool from Langley Street is a sleek option. The rounded faux leather seat and gently tapering chrome legs are retro yet minimalist. Without a backrest, this stool has a smaller footprint – great for squeezing around a small kitchen island or bar. The seat swivels for easy access, and the short 26-inch height works well for counters.

Black backless faux leather stool
  • Dimensions: 19” W x 19.25” D x 26” H
  • Materials: Faux leather seat with chrome legs
  • Key Features: Backless design perfect for small spaces

11. Baxton Studio Wholesale Stools

For a colorful modern statement, the vibrant Wholesale stools from Baxton Studio are sure to dazzle. The round seats are molded from polypropylene plastic in brilliant hues like blue, green and yellow. The sleek chrome pedestal base keeps things minimal to balance the bold seats. These contemporary stools add a fun pop of color wherever they are placed. The 29-inch height works well for counters and islands.

Yellow plastic stool
  • Dimensions: 18.25” W x 18.25” D x 29” H
  • Materials: Molded polypropylene seat with chrome base
  • Key Features: Fun modern colors in durable plastic

12. Willa Arlo Interiors Leandre Bar & Counter Swivel Stool

Add a touch of French country flair with the Leandre stool by Willa Arlo Interiors. The curved hardwood frame combined with the woven rattan seat creates rustic charm. Iron nailhead accents around the base and seat lend an elegant touch. The 360-degree swivel allows you to easily pivot on the comfortable seat. Choose from an array of painted or stained finishes to complement your kitchen or bar aesthetic.

Painted rattan swivel stool
  • Dimensions: 17.72” W x 16.54” D x 29.13–33.07” H
  • Materials: Rattan seat with hardwood frame
  • Key Features: Nailhead accents and swivel design

13. Nathan James Eliana Bar Stool

The curved retro backrest of the Eliana stool by Nathan James brings a fun flair while still feeling sleek and contemporary. The rounded seat and tapered dowel legs create balance with the more dramatic back shape. Stained finishes like navy blue, mint green and yellow mustard add even more retro appeal. The artistic silhouette makes this stool perfect for kitchen islands, bars and other social spaces.

Retro blue curved backrest stool
  • Dimensions: 17.5” W x 16.75” D x 29.25” H
  • Materials: Hardwood frame with stained finish options
  • Key Features: Rounded retro backrest design

14. thresholdTM Designed with Studio McGee Ellis Counter Stool

This arched stool by thresholdTM reflects the clean-lined style of interior designers Studio McGee. The gently curved hardwood frame with woven cane seat emanates warmth and craftsmanship. Available in natural, black, green and blue-gray finishes, this stool can be incorporated into a variety of kitchen, bar and bathroom aesthetics. The 36-inch height works perfectly for counters and islands.

Black arched cane stool
  • Dimensions: 18.5” W x 16.75” D x 36” H
  • Materials: Stained hardwood with cane seat
  • Key Features: Timeless arched frame with caned seat

15. Andrew Lauren Wren Bar Stool

For a statement piece with artistic edge, the Wren stool by Andrew Lauren features a sculptural acrylic seat atop an iron base. The transparent molded seat appears to almost float above the slim yet strong base. The acrylic material refracts light for added visual intrigue. Choose from clear or colored acrylic options like azure blue and blush pink. This modern stool brings an urbane, almost futuristic feel wherever it’s placed.

Pink acrylic stool
  • Dimensions: 17” W x 17” D x 30” H
  • Materials: Molded acrylic seat with iron legs
  • Key Features: Sculptural transparent acrylic seat

16. Union Rustic Stockard Bar Stool

Perfect for industrial, rustic or farmhouse spaces, the Stockard stool from Union Rustic features a vintage-inspired tractor seat stool atop solid iron legs. The polyurethane seat replicates the utilitarian look of tractor seats for bold, rustic character. Rubber foot glides protect floors and provide grip. The black and brown color options both evoke an industrial chic look. Sitting at counter height without a backrest, this unique stool provides laid-back character.

Black tractor seat stool
  • Dimensions: 16.54” W x 16.14” D x 28.35” H
  • Materials: Iron frame with polyurethane tractor seat
  • Key Features: Rustic industrial tractor seat design

17. Darby Home Co Donovan Backless Bar Stool

The woven abaca rope seat on the Donovan stool by Darby Home Co. brings natural texture and modern appeal to any space. The gently flared legs in dark walnut finish contrast beautifully with the cream colored woven seat. Without a backrest, this stool has clean lines and a lower profile – ideal for smaller spaces. The stool swivels for convenience, with plastic feet to protect floors.

Tan woven stool
  • Dimensions: 18.11” W x 16.14” D x 38.58” H
  • Materials: Abaca seat with wooden legs
  • Key Features: Natural woven abaca rope seat

18. Modern Square Backless Bar Stool

The geometric angles and clean lines of this modern square stool create an eye-catching statement. The sleek chrome legs provide sturdy support and polish, while the white or black pad seats keep things minimal. Without a backrest, these architectural stools are ideal for small kitchen counters or bar areas. The cube-shaped seats offer generous comfort in a compact silhouette.

White modern square stool
  • Dimensions: 17″ sq. x 26″ H
  • Materials: Chrome with synthetic leather seat pad
  • Key Features: Architectural cube-shaped seat