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August, 2023 | Amy Gordon

14 Kitchen Island Bar Stools for a Comfortable, Stylish Seat

If your kitchen island décor is missing something, it probably needs new bar stools! Adding this simple, stylish seating option is a surefire way to transform a purely functional surface into a versatile area for dining, gathering, and entertaining. And no matter your taste or budget, there are loads of options available, from faux leather bar stools with foam-padded backs to minimalist, stackable finds.

Before you start shopping for bar stools for the kitchen island, you’ll want to measure the height, length, and depth of your kitchen island countertop. Having this info on hand will make it easy to quickly weed out options that aren’t right for your space. After that, the choice is all yours. To help get you started, we searched top retailers like Amazon, Wayfair, and more to bring you the 14 best bar stools.

white wooden kitchen stools

1. Amazon Basics Wood Saddle Seat Bar Stool Set of 2


Sleek and simple, these solid wood white kitchen bar stools are versatile enough to complement a wide range of design schemes. Their lightweight profile makes them easy to move around the house wherever you need extra chairs, too.

2. Nathan James Hylie Nailhead Wood Bar Stool


Available in two heights and 14 neutral color combinations, these contemporary kitchen bar stools will complement any palette and kitchen setup. The nailhead accents add just the right amount of flair without drawing too much attention.

linen upholstered kitchen stools
wooden saddle seat kitchen stools

3. MH London Romboss Handmade Mango Wood Saddle Seat Stool


Fans of exquisite design will love this minimalist option. The saddle-style seat is crafted from natural mango wood, and the powder-coated metal legs feature a subtle footrest for support.

4. Orren Ellis Stallcup Swivel Stool Set of 2


These adjustable kitchen bar stools will fit right into your space no matter the height of your countertop. They even swivel 360 degrees for extra functionality…and to make checking out what’s on the TV and what’s cooking on the counter easier.

retro white kitchen stools
rustic brown padded kitchen stools with back and foot rest

5. VASAGLE Upholstered Breakfast Stool Set of 2


A perfect combination of industrial and rustic, these modern kitchen stools are an affordable way to add seating and style to your space. The faux leather cushions, footrests, and low backs add extra comfort.

6. QVC Celia Goldtone & Faux Fur Bar Stool by AbbysonLiving


It doesn’t get more boho-glam than this high-style piece from QVC. The faux fur pillow offers a padded seat, and the gold-tone legs are, in a word, gorgeous.

gold kitchen stool with furry seat
gray padded saddle seat kitchen stools

7. Andover Mills Mccauley Stool Set of 2


If you’re looking for bar stools with a footrest, these cushioned, backless pieces from Wayfair may fit the bill. The tufted covers are available in multiple colors, and they can easily slide under your counter to save space when no one’s using them.

8. iNSPIRE Q Classic Eleanor Slat Back Wood Swivel Stool


This farmhouse-style kitchen bar stool includes fun details like a slatted back and a swivel seat. It comes in six distressed finishes that will make it look right at home from day one.

dark wooden swivel kitchen stools with slat backs
gold kitchen stools with white padded seat

9. QVC Crosley Furniture Harlowe Bar Stool Set of 2


These Art Deco bar stools offer a sleek silhouette, but don’t let their simplicity fool you. They feature low backs, footrests, and velvet cushions to keep you and your guests cozy.

10. Boraam Augusta Swivel Cushioned Bar Stool


With details like a contoured back, solid hardwood construction, and cushioned upholstery, this faux leather bar stool will keep you comfortable no matter how long you’re sitting. It’s available in either counter or bar height.

black cushioned swivel kitchen stools
yellow kitchen stools with back

11. AllModern Kody Stool Set of 2


If you’re a fan of textured seating, then you’ll love these AllModern finds. They’re available in black boucle, white boucle, and multiple colors in velvet.

12. Ona Bar Stool Set of 2


You can never go wrong with black or white, and these sumptuous, studded finds prove that. The faux leather looks luxe but resists spills and stains.

black studded kitchen stools with back
industrial-style kitchen stools

13. Williston Forge Black Hartung Stool Set of 4


Sturdy, stackable kitchen bar stools like this set from Wayfair are a must-have for small apartments. They’re available in four colors and three heights, so you’re sure to find a combination that works for your space.

14. Trent Austin Design Hambrook Bar Stool Set of 4


These elegant kitchen bar stools with backs can easily nestle under a kitchen island countertop, but they’re so good-looking you’ll probably want to keep them in full view. The bucket-style seats are lined with foam for support.

faux black leather kitchen stools with back

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