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Counter stools

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I'm having the hardest time finding stools/chairs for my kitchen counter. The height of the counter is the standard 30 inches (aka 76.2 centimeters). Ideally I'd like stools that 1- have a back, 2- are adjustable in height (so as to work for a child), and 3- are not crazy-expensive. I should also note, I like my counter (and bar) stools slightly higher than the recommended 10" lower than the counter height.


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I just asked the same question in my eG foodblog. Why is it so hard to find good stools? I want the same things as you -- a back, they have to be comfortable, not expensive, adjustable would be good too. The only stools I've found locally that fit the criteria missed one -- they're about $500 each.

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Restaurant Depot carries dozens of different counter stools, including the classic tubular chrome topped by a rotating vinyl seat (quite inexpensive, too: http://www.therdstore.com/page/IFSES/CTGY/BSMETAL). If price didn't matter, I'd buy these: http://www.thosmoser.com/category/stools/product/218/high_stool/

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The best we found are made by Dinec. http://www.dinec.com/products/dpc_zoom.asp?lang=en&cat=7&id=128

You can specify wood, seating surface etc to customize. We have had four of the swivel chairs for about 10 years for use at our bar/pass through and they are bulletproof. We also had Dinec make a matching 'race track' family room dining table with inserts to seat at least 12 comfortably http://www.dinec.com/products/dpc.asp?lang=en&model=1&cat=1&p=7 with matching chairs. The quality is excellent.-Dick


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I've looked at all the first-line specimens that Google turns up. Most fail the test of adjustability. I really need height-adjustable because we have a growing 5-year-old and his requirements are ever-changing.

I have a friend who shelled out for the Moser barstools. Call me a philistine but a thousand bucks for a chair without a back?


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I'm having trouble with this. 30" is standard table height. You should just be looking for chairs, no?

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Try here:

http://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/control/search-furniture?&fid2=FBarStoolsType

We just bought some counter stools from here that could be ordered in one of several heights. You can filter for stools of a certain height range and they have several that are height-adjustable.

(Standard disclaimer: no affiliations) and FWIW, one of the new stools broke after 3 uses. Might be a fluke. Will let you know how their customer service is when I know.


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Depending on your design aesthetic, you might expand your search to include drafting stools.


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I'm having trouble with this. 30" is standard table height. You should just be looking for chairs, no?

You are correct. I was looking at the wrong dimension. The counters are 36" high (91.44 centimeters).


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Depending on your design aesthetic, you might expand your search to include drafting stools.

Great idea. So far my top contender is a shop stool, so a drafting stool makes sense.


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There are actually a lot of interesting options there. Good find. One of the models is the same as one I saw on Amazon and the complaint was that it couldn't accommodate a person weighing over 200 pounds (which I do). I'll have to do some deeper research on some of these.


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Perhaps PJ can kneel til he's tall enough for the stool, or you could strap a pillow to the base.


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Rob, have you had anybody heavy (like 200+ pounds) sit on them?

Yes. I have some very tall friends about 250-275lbs that have used them many times without issue. They are quite sturdy especially the base.

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How about these from Target? They also come in black.

http://www.target.com/Scoop-Swivel-Gas-Lift-Stools/dp/B001S8CERU/ref=sc_qi_detailbutton

Do they need to be adjustable so they are easier to get into, or for seating height? I remember this one from when I was little and visiting my grandparents. I wish I kept that stool.

http://www.target.com/Cosco-Retro-Chair-Step-Stool/dp/B0002M9M0K/ref=sc_qi_detailbutton

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In looking at thrift/antique/consignment shops I've found that the counter stools of old are pretty impressive, heft-wise and sturdiness-wise. I haven't seen any good adjustable ones but I may have to give on that point. In any event I'm currently resolved to get some older counter stools.

As a temporary solution, since the search could take months, I got three of these $18 counter stools from IKEA.

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