First, measure the length of your counter.
- Stools generally measure between 16 – 21 inches wide.
- For comfortable seating, you should allow approximately 24 inches of seating space for each person.
- A 72-inch wide counter will seat 3 people, comfortably.
Here’s the math:
72 ÷ 24 = 3 stools
Bar stools with arms take up about 2 inches wider than stools without arms.
Note: If the ends of the island are open and there is no wall, you will have slightly more clearing for stools.
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