There are so many factors at play when choosing bar stools for your bar, bistro or restaurant. Style is essential, but what about comfort, durability, functionality and practicality? We talk you through a few options so you can decide on the best bar stools for your business.

Knowing how long people will stay sat on your bar stools is always a good place to start when deciding on the kind of stools that you want. Are your stools going to be somewhere for guests to perch whilst they wait for a table, or will they be sat there all night with food and cocktails? This will help determine how important comfort is; and whether to opt for a stool with or without a backrest, upholstered or wooden, and with or without armrests.


Stools that are positioned around poseur tables, as opposed to bar areas, are likely to be used for longer periods of time. Guests will probably want to stay sat there for a couple of hours, perhaps with food. To keep your guests comfortable, choose stools with backrests, footrests, and even arms. Our ‘Chester’ and ‘Rouen’ would both be fantastic choices; they are supportive stools that provide style as well as comfort!

Durability is something all commercial venues should consider, as their furniture will see extensive use. Leather and faux leather stools are easy to wipe down, and synthetic velvets are very durable, therefore both are good choices for family-friendly restaurants. Wooden bar stools will be the most hard-wearing, although these rarely come with backs, so are less comfortable over long periods.

Many stools come with added features such as height-adjustability, or even Return Memory Swivel, which means that the seats return to their original position after the person has got up from the stool. This is a useful feature for stools that are situated at a bar, as it keeps the area looking tidy.

Backless or stackable bar stools are practical options for smaller bars with limited space; backless stools can be tucked under bars and tables. Stackable stools can be stacked and stored when they’re not in use, and are perfect for keeping as spaces to bring out during busy periods. If you opt for backless or stacking stools, don’t feel as though you need to compromise on style, either! At Peppermill Interiors, we have several wooden, metal, and leather options for you to choose from. Our ‘Finsbury’ stools are a great choice – they are backless and stackable, and come with the choice of a polished oak or leather seat.

Finally, style. We stock hundreds of varieties of breakfast and bar stools, from velvet button-back stools, to those made from copper pipework. Contact our experienced sales team by calling 01543 375872 or emailing They will be more than happy to go through our many stool options with you to find what is best suited to your bar or restaurant interior. Why not also browse our website for coordinating poseur tables and dining chairs?

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