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Intro to Swivel Stools


About swivel bar stools

Burlington/berkeley stool reviewSwivel stools are usually the selected choice as they are easy to swivel left to right when conversing with guests or viewing an activity such as watching the TV or watching Mom cook!

360 Degree Swivel vs. Return Swivel

Our swivel stools usually rotate 360 degrees, meaning a full rotation all around. A 360 degree swivel stool has a foot rest circling the stool.

Some have a return swivel mechanism which will return to the original position when existing the stool.  The benefit of a return swivel stool is that you won’t have to straighten out the position of the stool when you leave your seat because the stool automatically centers itself! The downside of this is that footrest usually doesn’t circle around the stool, but has a single foot rest in the front of the stool, so that when you swivel to the left or right, there is no foot rest.

When swiveling or getting in and out of a stool, it will need to be turned at a wider degree for clearance.

Swivel Plate Mechanisms

Swivel plate mechanisms (what makes a swivel stool swivel) are usually made of hardened steel and are very durable, however; if a swivel plate should malfunction for any reason they can be purchased separately through us or depending on the warranty, can be supplied through us at no charge.

Swivel Stools with Arms

Stools with arms are a very comfortable attribute and give a more relaxing feel for your arms when sitting for a length of time at your counter or bar. The arms tend to make the stool wider and if you have an issue with space, they can minimize the number of stools you want to place at the counter or bar. Arms usually widen the stool by as much as 2-3 inches.

Always measure your bar or counter from the floor to the top of the surface of the counter or bar and when selecting arm stools, it is important to make sure the arms will clear under the counter top as per the measurement guides on our product pages.

Some counter tops are thicker than others or have a decorative border (or “Apron”) just under the top, but attached to the top which hinder enough room for the arms. When measuring, please account for the extra decorative border attached to the counter top.

When selecting your stools, please check the measurement charts for stool width, depth, arm height, from floor to arm, floor to seat, and total overall height.  This will ensure you of the proper size you will need.

Swivel Stools with Backs

Swivel stools with backs are great when turning to watch the TV or talking with guests.

However; the back on a swivel stool can bang into the counter when swiveling if there is a force used when swiveling. To prevent damage to your stool or counter top, felt strips can be applied to the counters edge or to the back frame of the stool. Swivel stools are more of the desired choice.

Swivel Stool Bases

Swivel stool legs or bases are usually angled or come down from the seat from a narrow width to a gradual, wider width to accommodate the swivel mechanism.


Swivel/Tilt is offered on some of our bar stools for a relaxing rocking motion and adjustable tension to the required degree of motion. However; you must take caution due to the risk of accidental tipping from a lofty distance (we’re here to help you folks).

Selecting the Amount of Stools Needed

It is important to measure the length of your bar or counter. Generally you will need between 28 inches and 30 inches from center of the seat (of stool) to the center of the seat of the next stool when lined up aside one another.

Swivel stools lined up next to each other


Swivel stools are more desired for lack of having to straighten them out or having to push them back in place when exiting.

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