A bar stool is a high stool, usually with a footrest to support the feet. The height and narrowness of the bar stools make them suitable for use on bars and high tables in bars or pubs.
There are many different types, building materials and models. Bar stools are usually made of wood or metal. Seat surfaces are available with or without armrests, backrests and padded or upholstered bar stools. Bar stools range from basic wooden designs to more sophisticated designs with adjustable heights. Extra-tall and extra-short are common features, as well as indoor bar stools and outdoor bar stools. Some bar stools have backrests, while most do not. Swivel and floor-standing bar stools are common in commercial settings. The floor mount makes the stool immobile, so it can't be stolen or used as a weapon in a bar brawl. Floor stools are usually mounted on posts, but stools with legs can also be attached to the floor using metal brackets.
The normal seat height of the bar stool is 30 inches (76 cm), while the 26 inches (66 cm) stool is used to lean against the kitchen counter. Tall 36" (91 cm) stools are increasingly used in contemporary style high bar tables to create a visual effect in modern interiors. The counter height bar stool has a seat height of 24 inches (61 cm). This compares to a traditional dining chair seat height of 18 inches (46 cm). Some bar stools use polyurethane foam as padding for comfort. Bar stools can be made of rattan or bamboo and these stools can be used to create a tiki bar effect. The 1950s and 1960s retro style is popular in some bars and restaurants, using chrome and vinyl stools combined with matching benches or dining chairs. Stacking stools are often favored for their space-saving properties. Some venues use matching bar stools and chairs.