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12 Best Stools for Your Kitchen Office Nook

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Now that more people are working from home, we’re starting to see kitchens doubling up as office spaces. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home.

“Following a kitchen renovation, one in five homeowners say that a top activity at their island is work (20%), up four percentage points from 2021. Homeowners are making space for this activity with nearly two in five islands stretching more than 7 feet in length (39%), up five percentage points from last year. Homeowners are also making the space brighter with the vast majority installing new light fixtures above islands (92%).”

Houzz, 2022 Survey

With that said, we’re sitting. A lot longer. And we need comfortable seating that will last us hours without having to constantly looking at the clock hoping for another break.

Here are our top 12 picks you should consider for your kitchen office nook in 2022:

Cushioning

What comes to mind when you first think of comfort? We say upholstery!

The truth is: wood seats are really beautiful and create warmth in a space, but they’re not going to be comfortable for a long period time. You’ll definitely feel it in your lumbar and glutes.

However, we recommend opting for an upholstered seat, typically with thick padding that isn’t too firm. Here are three comfortably cushioned bar stools:

Trica's Biscaro Gold Bar Stool with Gray Seat and Back Cushion

Biscaro Stool

“The quality, comfort and style is fab!”
Kathy, SC

Darafeev's #915 Flexback Upholstered Swivel Wooden Stool with Back in Brown Finish

915 Stool

“Well packaged, easy assemble, very sturdy high quality chairs.”
John, MT

Amisco's Brixton Brown Metal Swivel Bar Stool with Seat and Back Cushion

Brixton Stool

“The stools look great and are super comfortable. I seriously LOVE them.”
Jennifer, CA

Deep and Wide Seats

We also recommend shopping for deep or wide seats. If you’re tall, we definitely recommend deep seats which are typically 16 inches and higher. Anything lower and you’ll feel like you’re going to fall off the stool.

Most of our stools have a depth between 18-24″ which is going to give you the comfort you’re after.

Wide seats also play a factor and while you, yourself, may not be a big person, you’ll appreciate the extra room because you won’t feel the padding or arms on the sides of your legs.

Here are 3 deep and wide seats we recommend:

Darafeev's Treviso Wood Upholstered Bar Stool with Flex Back and Arms

Treviso Stool

Overall Width: 24″
Overall Depth: 26″

Wesley Allen's Portland Tilt Swivel Upholstered Bar Stool with Curved Arms

Portland Stool

“We had this same type of chair in another house and loved it. They tilt & swirl and are so comfortable to sit in.”
Charles, AZ

Fairfield's Uma Modern Bar Stool in Bronze Metal Base and Teal Seat/Back Cushion

Uma Stool

Overall Width: 21″
Overall Depth: 26″

Curved Metal Backs

So far, we recommended 6 bar stools, all with padded backs. Naturally, padding on a back will add more to the comfort level, but if you find yourself eyeing up a bar stool with no back padding, is it going to be comfortable enough?

We say: if the back is slightly curved, then yes!

Here are 3 metal backs that are curved for comfort:

Amisco's Lincoln Modern Silver Bar Stool with Cross Back Design

Lincoln Stool

“I love my new barstools. They are perfect, very comfy & stylish.”
Cari, WA

Wesley Allen's Boston Swivel Barstool with Arms, Lattice Back Design and Square Seat Cushion

Boston Stool

“The stools have excellent quality, very comfortable, and swivel!!”
Susan, AZ

Wesley Allen's Edmonton Swivel Barstool with Back in Stainless Steel metal finish and Blue seat cushion

Edmonton Stool

“Gorgeous, high-quality well-made barstools with comfortable seat cushions.”
Victoria, WA

Padded Backless Stools

As we mentioned above, if comfort is key (and it should be!), we recommend opting for a bar stool with a back. However, we understand that budget constraints and space may only allow for a backless stool.

What makes a backless stool comfortable? Padding, padding, padding!

Darafeev's 865 Walnut Wooden Backless Stool with Black Round Seat Cushion

865 Stool

“My Darafeev barstools are beautiful! Outstanding quality and craftsmanship.”
Valerie, CA

Amisco's Miller Backless Brown Saddle Bar Stool

Miller Stool

“They are very comfortable. I am very pleased with the size of the seat.”
Sharon, SC

Holland's Misha #802 Backless Swivel Stool in Nickel Metal Finish and Teal Seat Cushion

Misha Stool

“The counter stools are exactly as we were hoping for, in addition to being fairly priced and very comfortable.”
Mary, FL

Honorable Mention
Aaron

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Stephanie

A lover of all types of design, Stephanie brings over 9 years of experience with interior design and seating. From modern to transitional, she loves any design that exudes comfort and elegance.

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