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Everything You Need to Know About Bar Stools and Balcony Stools

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Bar stools, balcony stools, pub stools, bar chairs, patio stools – whatever you call them, these higher-than-standard seats are a popular addition to many San Diego luxury outdoor living rooms. There are many special places in your backyard where stools fit right in. Here are our tips for buying the right bar stools and balcony stools for your space.

What is the Difference in These Types of Stools

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These comfortable stools are counter height.

Let’s start out by saying that the biggest difference you are likely to find when shopping for stools is whether they are made to cozy up to a counter in your outdoor kitchen or an outdoor bar. Your counter is more than likely shorter than a bar you have out on your patio and the stools for each application are a different height, as well.

As for balcony stools, many people refer to them as such because a balcony is the perfect place for a tall table and chairs. The extra height allows you to see over the wall while enjoying a meal or beverage al fresco.

To be sure you are getting the right stools for your outdoor living room, start by measuring your bar or table. Of course, this is not necessary if you are planning to purchase a complete set. But if you have an existing table or bar, you will want a stool that is 10 inches less than the height of the tabletop. This is typically 30 to 36 inches from the ground.

How Many Do You Need?

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Small tables will usually only accommodate 2 bar stools.

Here’s another to think about – how many barstools will fit at your table.  You want everyone to have adequate elbow room and be comfortable sitting next to each other. The size of your table determines how many stools can be arranged around it. The rule of thumb is to allow 26 to 30 inches between each stool, measuring from the center of one seat to the next.  If your table buts up against a wall, you should leave 14 inches from the center of that stool to the wall itself.

What’s Your Style?

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These barstools stand out against the blue of the pool with their cheery coral cushions.

Now that you know the size and the number of balcony stools you need, it’s time to go over the fun part: choosing the style. At Hauser’s Patio, we offer a broad range of styles in barstools, everything from very traditional to contemporary and plenty of styles that are considered transitional.  Whether you are trying to create a luxury backyard oasis that resembles an island resort or you prefer classic good looks, we have plenty of bar stools and balcony stools to fit your style.

Wrap It Up With Perfect Details

These backless bar stools take up little space but make a big style impact.

Finally, decide on which details will work best for your space, your needs and the level of comfort you desire. For us adults, cushioned stools are the softest for our bodies, but if you have kids, count on the cushions getting soiled. Other details to consider include armrests (best if you have a lot of room), swivel (to add another level of comfort) and type of upholstery (we recommend beautiful and durable Sunbrella fabric for the outdoors).

We hope this guide has helped you understand the various features and differences between bar stools and balcony stools and how to fit them into your backyard oasis.