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Kitchen Bar Seats For Your Apartment

The best bar-style seating to use with a kitchen island

Work islands are popular in contemporary interior design — especially with open-concept floor plans — and serve as the focal point of the kitchen. Not only are they highly functional for food prep and storage, but they can also serve as an informal eating area. You can use your work island as a coffee nook, breakfast bar, or an actual bar area. But before you can sit down and enjoy a cuppa or glass of wine, you need something to sit on. Here are some tips for selecting bar seating.

You can find bar seating practically anywhere — online, big box stores, and home goods and furniture stores. If your budget is limited or you’re looking for something unique, try scouting thrift stores and estate sales.


This boils down to whether you want stools that have a back or are backless. If you plan to spend a lot of time sitting at your island or you entertain a lot, stools with backs will be more comfortable.


Take careful measurements before you start shopping. Your bar seating should be 12 inches lower than the height of the bar. For example, if your island is 48 inches tall, then the stools should be 36 inches tall. And, a good rule of thumb is that each seat needs about 24 inches per person, which will determine how many seats you can comfortably sit along your island.


Metal and wood are good choices for the frame, as they are durable and complement most decorating schemes. For fabric, choose something easy to clean, such as vinyl, or splurge on leather. If you prefer fabric, select a color or print that doesn’t easily show stains and if the fabric isn’t already treated with a stain/water-resistant finish, you can spray it yourself with readily available retail products.

A work island is a functional and fun element of any apartment, and you can take advantage of its multiple uses. With the right preparation, you can make the area as casual or formal as you like, with your choice of seating.

Explore a Vision Community Apartment

At Vision Communities, many of our 1BR, 2BR and 3BR floor plans feature a bar space for you to entertain guests, create a workspace, or like many of us, pile up the mail. Find the perfect bar stool seating to complement your kitchen space at one of our apartment communities.

At Vision Communities, we work hard to create a community where you feel at home. We have floor plans that provide your personal space and spacious common areas for you to hang out with your roommate and friends. Our spacious, studio, 1 bedroom2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom apartment layouts provide cozy space. Check out our luxurious apartment floorplans in one of our communities and enjoy life at the VC. 

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