Counter High Vs Bar High: Which Vail Stool Height is Right?

“How do I know which stool height is right?” is one of the most common questions we get asked about the Vail Stool. Luckily, we’re here to help explain the difference between the Vail Bar and Counter Stools so you can get the right height.

These stools, inspired by the Vail Lounge Chair, take comfort to new heights while keeping quality and design at the forefront. We made a timeless modern stool that can fit perfectly in your home, but first, you need to know which is the right one to get. 

So what IS the difference between the Vail Bar and Vail Counter Stools? To put it simply, it’s the height of the stools. The height determines how comfortable your seating will be, where your knees fall under your countertops, and how the stools will look inside your home tucked underneath. These are arbitrary issues that we don’t often think about but are also some of the most important factors when buying bar or counter stools. 

Counter Height

Counter height is common with kitchen islands that are the same height as the countertops. This is a great gathering place in the kitchen that people gravitate to for chatting or food prep. Standard counter height is 35” to 36” above floor level, meaning your stool seat needs to measure between 24” to 27” from the ground. The Vail Counter Stool height is 25” and gives ample knee and elbow room between the stool, counter, and other chairs. But you have to double check that your counter is counter height.

Bar Height

Bar height is 40” to 42” off the floor and allows for comfortable eating and drinking while providing enough room for your knees without being awkward. A bar stool seat's height should be around 29” to 30” from the ground. The Vail Bar Stool seat height is 30” and can fit in the proper “bar height” space, giving ample room for your thighs and knees. Otherwise, if it isn’t, you will sit further back in the chair to avoid touching the bar/counter uncomfortably.

When you choose the proper stool height, you can maximize the comfort of the Vail Stools. The Vail Stool offers a perfectly cushioned seat for peak comfort that is great for dining, working, or relaxing! It is made from the highest quality materials and is built to last. All while the solid wood dowels, leather strap detailing, and steel frame give it that beautiful mountain modern look.


How many Vail Stools can I fit at my counter?

That depends entirely on your countertop. Measure your counter accordingly and then allow for 8” to 10” between each seat for stools that are 18” and wider.

How far do the stools lean back?

The Vail Stools go back about 2” at a 110-degree angle. At this angle you are able to have proper back support and comfortably sit, eat or use your laptop. 

What is the weight capacity for Vail Stools?

We have weight-tested our Vail stool at 300 lbs, and it passed with flying colors. The frame is made of welded steel, and the seat is a molded plywood shell which is not only great looking but very stable and could probably withstand more.

How durable is the fabric?

The leather we use on our Vail stools is corrected leather and has a very uniform and consistent tone and durability. The boucle we use is 100% Polyester and has a Wyzenbeek abrasion score of 100K+, so both fabrics are meant for long-lasting durability.

What are the dimensions of the Vail Bar & Counter Stools? 

Vail Bar Stool

Overall: 19.5" W x 24" D x 39" H

Seat Height: Front - 30"/Back - 29"

Seat Depth: 14"

Back Height: 39"

Foot Rest Height: 12"

Foot Rest Width: 17"

Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

Product Weight: 25 lbs

Package Weight: 80 lbs

Vail Counter Stool

Overall: 19.5" W x 24" D x 33" H

Seat Height: Front - 25"/Back - 24"

Seat Depth: 14"

Back Height: 33"

Foot Rest Height: 8"

Foot Rest Width: 17"

Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

Product Weight: 25 lbs

Package Weight: 80 lbs