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Kitchen Stools for Breakfast Bar

Many years ago my parents gave me a kitchen island, without kitchen stools, as a housewarming gift. I had just purchased my own home as a single mom of three school-aged children. Sure, I’d bought a home with my first husband, but this home (my current home) was my very own. Being a single parent with three mouths to feed, I didn’t have a lot of spare cash at the time and appreciated their gift of a small yet handy island for my old-fashioned kitchen.

Christmas Farmhouse Kitchen

 

The kitchen island my parents brought over, much to my surprise, is cute but short on storage space. I’m tired of feeling cramped when it comes to kitchen supplies and utensils and finally broke down and purchased my new kitchen island that I shared a couple weeks ago.

White Kitchen Island in a Farmhouse Kitchen

 

One side of the island has a drop leaf that lifts up for counter seating. The only problem is, my stools are too tall. So, I either cut the legs or take this opportunity to choose new kitchen stools.

White Kitchen Island in a Farmhouse Kitchen

 

I searched on Houzz for new ideas for kitchen stools – you know they sell stuff on Houzz, right? Here are a few of my favorites; like these cross-back stools that I adore.

Transitional KitchenPhoto by Kate Marker Interiors

 

I recently saw these industrial style stools at a local boutique. I wanted to take two of them home with me, but they’re $500 each! I think I can find a better bargain.

Contemporary KitchenPhoto by Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design

 

Lately I’m drawn to real wood furniture and these Scandinavian beauties caught my eye.

Transitional KitchenPhoto by Wettling Architects

 

Stools with a back are a little more comfortable, don’t you think?

Transitional Kitchen with Kitchen StoolsPhoto by Rafterhouse

 

Honestly I’m amazed at all the different styles of kitchen stools are out there.

Kitchen StoolsPhoto by Erika Bierman Photography

 

If you’re a bold decorator, you might like to punch things up with orange stools!

Traditional KitchenPhoto by T Hurt Construction

 

I like these simpler stools, too. And they’re adjustable in height, which is a nice feature.

Traditional Kitchen with Bar StoolsPhoto by Yankee Barn Homes

 

Upholstered stools look great in a more elegant kitchen.

Traditional Kitchen with Bar StoolsPhoto by Leona Mozes Photography

 

But I need something simpler in my farmhouse kitchen.

Farmhouse Kitchen StoolsPhoto by Alex Amend Photography

 

Maybe something simpler like country style wooden stools.

Rustic KitchenPhoto by Melaragno Design Company, LLC

 

Textured beach-style kitchen stools might be fun too.

White Bar Stools at Breakfast BarPhoto by Moreau Design

 

But I’m still drawn to cross-back stools. If I can find them for a good price, this is probably what I’ll choose – unless hubby insists on cutting the legs down on our current flea market stools.

Farmhouse KitchenPhoto by Rafterhouse

 

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6 Comments

  1. I have a very similar stool to your favorite from Williams Sonoma. They have held up very well to the 5 years of abuse we have put them through.

  2. You have presented some great stool choices. My daughter is looking to get new stools in their kitchen, I will pass this info along to her. I’m sure that this post will be very helpful to her!

  3. I like what you chose and good luck with finding them cheaper. I did this about 3yrs. ago and it is hard to decide.

  4. A few years ago we bought a new house that had a counter. I spent a lot of time researching stools. My advice is to choose something with a back and one that is comfortable.Ordering online can make it tricky to try them on for size. I ended up getting a stool from a local furniture store. They were a cross-back style similar to the ones you like. The seat is square and ample in size so I can sit at the counter to do reading or writing. Some of those metal or wooden stools with a smaller sized seat just aren’t very comfortable for any length of time. I am short so a bigger stool gives me something to grab onto as a hike my way onto them. Good luck. I am sure you will pick out something great.