Bar stools – our pick of the best

Looking for bar stools? From iconic industrial styles to modern design classics, we've edited the best bar stools for your kitchen or dining room

Choose a set of stylish bar stools to lift your kitchen scheme to new heights. If you’d like some extra, casual seating in the kitchen, then you can’t beat bar stools – the perfect spot for a quick cup of coffee before work, or by a breakfast bar where kids can do their homework. If you have a small flat with an open plan kitchen then bar stools beside a kitchen workspace or breakfast-bar table can provide alternative seating to a full dining table and chairs. Not only do bar stools offer a more laid-back style of informal dining, but they're also a great space-saver, as they can be tucked under an island or table. When it comes to design, there are a number of options to consider. Do you want a backless design or a piece in a striking colour? Upholstered seating adds comfort but for practicality opt for a wipe-clean fabric or material. Take a look at our pick of the best and complete your breakfast bar or kitchen island with the most sophisticated seating.

Garden Trading Bembridge Bar Stool

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1. Bembridge Bar Stool


Dimensions: H104 W46 D50cm

If you have a country home and want timeless seating, why not opt for this solid teak bar stool with a natural rattan back and seat? Use alongside a breakfast bar, bar table or as an occasional seat when preparing food. 

Buy now: Bembridge Bar Stool, £155, Garden Trading

Artek Rocket Bar Stool

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2. Artek Rocket Bar Stool


Dimensions: H73 W44 D44cm

Add a pop of colour to your kitchen with this rocket-shaped bar stool, designed by Eero Aarnio for Artek in 1995, for an eye-catching addition to your kitchen. Solid oak. 

Buy now: Artek Rocket Bar Stool, £229, John Lewis

Habitat Talia Grey Bar Stool

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3. Talia Grey Bar Stool


Dimensions: H78 W46 D50cm

The striking Talia grey bar stool would work well in both traditional and contemporary kitchens. The stool is made from hard-wearing, lacquered solid beech and is available in various colours and sizes. 

Buy now: Talia Grey Bar Stool, £95, Habitat

Made Kitson Bar Stool

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4. Kitson Bar Stool


Dimensions: H78 D56cm

Go for a retro feel in your kitchen with this upholstered bar stool with tapered wooden legs. The unusual doughnut-style seat in contrasting black is an eyecatching touch. Plywood seat with rubberwood legs and chrome footrest. 

Buy now: Kitson Bar Stool, £79, Made

Milton Bar Stool

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5. Milton Bar Stool

Ikea Raskog Bar stool

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6. Raskog Bar stool


Dimensions: H63 W44 D44cm

Designed to be both economical and practical, this striking blue stool has an industrial edge. It has a footrest for relaxed sitting posture. Powder-coated steel. 

Buy now: Raskog Bar stool, £20, Ikea

Spitalfields Bar Stool

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7. Spitalfields Bar Stool


Dimensions: H76 D34cm

Introduce industrial style into your home with this contemporary bar stool in gunmetal grey. The chair is made from iron and fir wood and comes fully assembled. 

Buy now: Spitalfields Bar Stool, £60, Dunelm 

Brooklyn Bar Stool

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8. Brooklyn Bar Stool


Dimensions: H80.5 W38 D39cm

With a shaped seat for comfort and the stylish combination of white gloss and birch wood, we think this bar stool is a winning design. Choose a couple of these for your kitchen to update your seating. 

Buy now: Brooklyn Bar Stool, £49, Asda

French Connection Roger Large Bar Stool

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9. Roger Large Bar Stool


Dimensions: H76cm

This beautifully simple bar stool design is made with mango wood and has a contrasting grey zinc-coated metal frame. Handcrafted in wood and metal. 

Buy now: Roger Large Bar Stool, £95, French Connection

Debenhams Milano Oak Effect Bar Stools

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10. Milano Oak Effect Bar Stools


Dimensions: H95 W44 D42cm

Perfect for a classic kitchen breakfast bar, this pair of Milano bar stools are made from wood and feature an ivory, wipe-clean seat pad. 

Buy now: Milano Oak Effect Bar Stools, £190, Debenhams

Deputy Editor

Jennifer is the Deputy Editor (Digital) for Homes & Gardens online. Prior to her current position, she completed various short courses a KLC Design School, and wrote across sister brands Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes, Country Homes & Interiors, and Style at Home.