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What are spectator stools? Spectator stools are tall, at least 34″ or higher. They’re designed to give you a good view – out of a window, over a swimming pool, or across your home’s game room. These 34″ spectator height bar stools come with or without backs, with swivel or non-swivel seats, and in an array of fabric colors, patterns, and metal finishes.
Spectator stools originally were designed for billiard halls to give spectators a better view of the game. Their height provided an unobstructed view of the pool table and the angles of the shots.
These stools are ideal for homes with counters or bars that are higher than the standard 42″. If you have counters that are 44 to 46″ high, they’ll pair perfectly with a 34″ spectator stool.
Many spectator stools are built for use indoors or outdoors. They go great with a tall pub table on the deck, balcony or pool deck. They’re also a natural fit for outdoor bars, which tend to have high counters. Outdoor stools are treated to withstand the elements such as rain, snow, and sun.
Swivel spectator stools tend to have a wider base than a counter or bar height stool, with legs that flare out for better balance and support.
We don’t recommend 34″ spectator height stools with seats that tilt, because tilting back at that height can cause some people to fall backward. Of course, you can still order a tilt seat if you prefer.
You might be concerned about the weight of the stools. Are they too heavy to easily move around? Not at all – you actually never have to lift the stools when you clean. Simply glue on stick-em felts so the stool will slide easily on any floor.
Most people prefer a distance of 10 to 12 inches between the seat of the stool and the bar or counter top. Larger people might require more distance, and shorter people less. Depending on your comfort level, a 34″ spectator height stool can be used at a 48″ high bar.
Please be sure to measure the height of your counter before choosing the seat height of your bar stool. You can even visit your favorite local bar or restaurant to test the seating height. For more tips on how to choose the right seat height, click here for our guide.
If you need even taller spectator stools with 36″ high seats, check out our Holland bar stools!
As always, if you have any questions about which stool is best for your room, please send us a note, call, or visit our Facebook page. We’ll answer your questions as fast as we can. You can even send us a picture of your space and we’ll suggest free design ideas!
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