The only thing we knew we needed when we renovated our kitchen was more seating space. We have three children who usually invite friends over, we usually do, like many busy families who eat and run. We needed a place where we could put stools in our kitchen. So when we revamped our kitchen we decided to add a very large kitchen island where we could put five swivel stools for our family and friends.

When we shop for our kitchen stools, we look for styles that will enhance our Tuscan themed kitchen. We were surprised by how many different there were. We find wrought iron stools, wooden stools and upholstered stools. Most upholstered stools come with a variety of fabric options.

We knew that since the kids were going to use the stools they couldn’t be too heavy to handle and we wanted to make sure their feet didn’t scratch the ceramic floor in our kitchen. When we planned the kitchen island, we made sure we had 10 “to 13” of space between the seat and the base of the counter. This is the space necessary to sit comfortably.

When you go online and look at kitchen counter stools and bar stools, you can buy them by height, 18 inches, 24-28 inches, 29-34 inches, and 34-36 inches. You will also find a selection of metal, wood and swivel stools. You’ll find leather, rattan, chrome / vinyl, stainless steel, and reed seats. You will find backless stools, stackable and stools with arms. You can choose between counter height and standard height and even extra tall styles.

There are many different brands of stools available, some of them are Holland, Regency, International Concepts, Hillsdale, John Boos, Alston, Richardson, Powell, Regal, Grace, Winsome, Koch, and Cambridge.

Kitchen countertop stools not only give you extra seating, but they also give you a way to enhance your kitchen and home décor. As I mentioned earlier, we have a Tuscan theme in our kitchen. We have plenty of wrought iron in our kitchen, dining room, and family room. We purchased beautiful Hillsdale Tierra Mar bar stools. Although they were Southwestern in style, they fit perfectly in our home. We like their rustic look and the fact that they are swivel upholstered stools.