While you should always try to surround yourself with home goods that make you happy, there are some cases where you just have to pare it down to bare bones essentials. If you're not going to be interacting with it a lot or it's tucked out of view, sometimes it's best to be practical and get the most standard possible option.
Kitchen seating should not be one of these examples.
If you're going to be spending time in your kitchen cooking, eating and relaxing, you need to make sure the seating is something you'll be happy to return to day after day. But where to begin? After extensive browsing of the Apartment Therapy Marketplace, I've found beautiful counter stools in a variety of styles and price ranges.
Before we begin, don't make the same rookie mistake I made when helping my mom pick out new kitchen seating: there is a significant size difference between bar and counter stools. Seating within a height range of 24-29 inches covers most standard sized kitchen counters, but always measure beforehand! It's essential to know what you can work with ahead of time, rather than having to deal with the heartbreak of falling in love with an ill-fitting match.
Now that we're all caught up, let's start shopping:
Ah, there's nothing better than starting off on a high note and low price. At only $30 apiece, you'll have a hard time finding a comparable deal for these industrial-style counter stools. This style works surprisingly well in a variety of kitchens; as you can see in the main photo, the edgier design can provide a welcoming contrast to a space that's modern and monochromatic.
White is a popular color in the kitchen, helping create an atmosphere of cleanliness and order. These modern counter stools balance bright white with warm wood tones, creating a more relaxed and welcoming feel. And even though the seat is cushioned (always a plus), the streamlined design keep the chairs looking sleek and modern. You get all of the comfort of padding, plus a nice dose of on-trend design.
Even though these counter stools are the most expensive of this trio, at $200 each, they're still a great deal. Aside from being a beautiful modern touch, the transparent material allows light to pass through, instantly making your space feel bigger. And although they might be listed as a secondhand item, they're like-new and in their original box. What are you waiting for?!
Still haven't found what you're looking for? Shop the rest of the counter stools on the Apartment Therapy Marketplace to find your perfect match.