Kitchen counters are typically 36" high and bar height counters are 42". We have found a seat height of 24 1/2" - 26" very comfortable for the 36" kitchen counter/island. For bars, we recommend 30" - 30 1/2".
Dimensions of all our Shaker Counter and Bar Height Stools are:Height of Back: 41" Depth of Seat: (from center front to center back) 15" Width of Seat (between front posts): 17"
Seat Heights from 18" - 34"
"Industry" Standard Seat Heights - 24 1/2" for 36" high counter....30" for 42" high bar/ counter
Our Recommendation for Seat Heights - We recommend the height that will work perfectly for you.
The Canterbury Shaker Weaver's Stool is our most popular kitchen counter and bar height stool. The graduated slats are broad and offer chair-like comfort. The graceful oblong finial is very subtle and blends nicely with other furniture styles.
(pictured below: dark cherry finish, Solid Black Tape Seat, 26" High Seat,
pictured at island: custom light cherry finish, Medium Blue and Lite Blue Grey Shaker Tape, 30 1/2" High Seat)
also available in cherry
The Enfield stool is made just like our Canterbury stool. Not surprising since the Shaker craftsmen of the New Hampshire communities shared many of their building techniques with one another. The only noticeable difference is in the "flame" finial on the Enfield back legs.
Left - 25 1/2" high seat, custom cherry stain, Right - 31 1/2" high seat, painted black
(pictured below 26" high seat, 5/8" olive drab green/butternut/black stripe Shaker Tape, Minwax Ebony stain)
The "shawl bar" atop the back chair legs was originally added to rocking chairs by the Shaker craftsmen. The look was unique and interesting and soon furniture makers from the "outside" began incorporating the bar on dining chairs. We added the bar to our chairs back in the '80s due to increased demand from our customers. It's a nice look on dining chairs and it's still a functional element on the rocking chairs. It's nice to have a blanket or shawl handy on a cold winter's night! But we have to admit, the shawl bar on a counter stool can be very uncomfortable because the bar will be what your back leans into first. If you are purchasing a stool for looks alone, these are beautiful, but for everyday comfort, we just love the fit and feel of the other stools we make for the kitchen counter or bar height counter.
Left - 24" seat, custom cherry stain, solid cranberry tape, Right - 28" seat, custom cherry finish to blend with natural cherry wood cabinets, solid black tape
The first counter stools we made over thirty-six years ago were a reproduction of a South Union,Kentucky high chair.
Left - Oiled and poly on Cherry wood, 31" seat, solid black tape, Right - 25 1/2" seat, natural finish, dark blue and medium blue tape
Below - Left - 26 1/2" seat, custom Benjamin Moore paint, medium blue and olive drab green, Right - 25" seat, custom Benjamin Moore, red and natural white tape