Swivel bar stools have proved popular seating options for restaurants, diners and pubs for decades. They really took off in the 50's and 60's as more and more people started eating out and the fast food industry came into its own. Business owners found they were especially useful in tight spaces, like crowded counters and bars, as you can quickly change direction without bumping into anyone. And for many teenagers the simple act of encouraging general socializing meant they were a must have for any hang out.

The practical and socializing aspects of the swivel bar stool has not been lost on savvy homeowners. The growing trend in home entertainment has created a whole new demand for swivel bar stools in the home environment. But unlike a commercial setting, most home counter tops and breakfast bars are typically much lower in height than a standard bar. This trend has spawned the counter height swivel bar stool.

A counter height swivel bar stool is specifically designed to fit a standard kitchen counter and is an ideal option when you want to incorporate the advantages of swivel stools in a typical home setting.

Most standard counter heights are 35-37 inches high. For a stool to be comfortable there should be approximately 10-12 inches clearance from the counter surface to the top of the stool seat. This means a stool height of 24-26 inches is required.

The good news is there has been an explosion of counter height swivel bar stools designs over the last few years as manufacturers have expanded their product lines to cater to increased demand. Today you can find designs and styles for virtually any home decor, ranging from classical and transitional all the way to the sleek lines of the latest modern look.

Start by measuring your counter or bar height as well as length. As a general rule you should space your swivel bar stool 26-30 inches apart, as measured from the center of one stool to the center of the adjacent stool. This will give everyone enough room to swivel without bumping into the person next to them.

Swivel bar stools provide a practical and fun seating option for kitchens, dens, bars and patios and with so many designs to choose from you are bound to find something that meets your needs.