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Best Bar Stools

Whether you’re hanging out with friends in your basement wet bar or spending time with the kids in the kitchen, barstools are a versatile and stylish way to sit. After extensive research, we’ve found the best barstools made in the USA. Check out our detailed recommendations below, along with a complete guide to help you find the perfect a quality American made option.

Our Findings

Fortunately, if you’re searching for barstools made in the USA, you’ll find plenty of great options. However, we only found a couple of consistently reliable places to get them. We’ve divided our picks by features and style. Whether you’re looking for a swivel, backed, or classic barstool, or if you need the sturdiest construction, you should be able to find something for you.

Top Recommendations

Best Bar Stools Best for:
Restaurant Furniture Buttoned Bucket Bar Stool Backed Barstool
Amish Crafters Barrel Stool Barrel Stool
Amish Crafters Coby Barstool Most Sturdy
Amish Crafters Dillon Barstool Swivel Barstool
Amish Crafters Iron Craft Barstool Classic Look Barstool

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Let’s take a closer look at each of our picks, where you’ll learn about each stool’s features, including what unique benefits it has and what potential drawbacks might exist.

Best Backed Barstool

Restaurant Furniture Buttoned Bucket Bar Stool


Whether you own a commercial establishment or just want to replicate the bar look in your home, these Buttoned Bucket Barstools from American Chairs combine a traditional style with heavy-duty, high-quality construction.

The hand-upholstered vinyl bucket and soft foam padded back let you sink in comfortably. With three degrees of pitch, it’s well-suited for folks of all heights and sizes.

Additionally, it’s sturdy enough for constant use, even in a commercial environment such as a bar or restaurant. The frame is made from heavy-gauge, tubular steel and the vinyl covering is scratch and tear-resistant. Each chair weighs 25 pounds.

You have several options to choose from. The chair is available with a seat height of either 24 or 30 inches and an overall height of either 35 or 41 inches. The seat is available in either 18 or 16 inches.

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Things we like:

  • Hand-upholstered with brass buttons
  • Soft, thick padding on the seat and back
  • Available in multiple heights and colors
  • The frame is made from solid, tubular steel

Things we don’t like:

  • All chrome option is only available in the 30-inch height

 

Best Barrel Stool

Amish Crafters Barrel Stool


With an elegantly simple design, this barrel stool fits in well with practically any décor. They’re handsome, hardwood stools with a circular shape and padded top.

You have a wide variety of customization options, so you can truly make these stools your own. You can choose from many different types of oak, cherry, maple, elm, and walnut. A custom stain is applied to each one to create a subtle style while adding a layer of protection.

Additionally, you can choose either a leather or fabric seat. While the leather is a famous classic, don’t overlook their Crypton fabric, which is soft, stain-resistant, and incredibly durable.

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Things we like:

  • Hardwood construction handcrafted by Amish artisans
  • Extensive customization options
  • Cushion is available in leather or durable Crypton fabric

Things we don’t like:

  • Customization options can feel excessive

 

Most Sturdy

Amish Crafters Coby Barstool


If you need a durable barstool that can withstand heavy-duty use, consider these Coby Barstools from Amish Crafters. They have a sturdy, four-legged design that can withstand a large amount of weight without breaking or cracking. Plus, each leg sticks down at a slightly outward angle to help increase stability.

The standard version has a total height of 24-inches with a subtly concave wooden seat. Both the seat and legs are made from 100% hardwood. The standard design has an ebony stain on the frame with a cherry stain on the seat.

You can customize the stool in multiple ways. Although the wooden seat is smooth and comfortable, you can add softness with either a leather or fabric upholstered seat cushion. You can also choose multiple different types of wood, including oak, maple, hickory, walnut, as well as many rustic options. A 30-inch option is also available.

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Things we like:

  • Durable hardwood construction
  • Attractive, stylish design
  • Variety of customization options

Things we don’t like:

  • The sleek design might not fit with more classic décor

 

Best Swivel Barstool

Amish Crafters Dillon Barstool


Belly up to the bar in style with this classic swivel barstool. More than convenient, a swivel function actually helps satisfy a person’s natural need to move after sitting still, making these chairs useful in the kitchen or dining room.

The standard stool is 24 inches tall and made from oak with an additional oak finish. Each leg has a flowing style that adds an elegant touch to its already eye-catching design. Aside from oak, it’s also available in cherry, maple, hickory, elm, and walnut.

You can choose three different seat types: wood, leather, and fabric. Underneath the leather or fabric cover is a two-inch foam cushion with a 1.8-pound density.

The seat has a memory swivel, so it gently returns to its starting position when you no longer apply resistance. It’s efficient, quiet, and loads of fun.

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Things we like:

  • Smooth swivel
  • Fabric cover with metal tack
  • Comfortable, fabric-covered seat
  • Available in many different woods
  • Attractive

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Classic Look Barstool

Amish Crafters Iron Craft Barstool


Created by Amish artisans in Indiana, these barstools have a classic wood-and-iron style. Standard features on these 24-inch barstools include a black iron base and oak seat with 100% hardwood construction.

The seat is 19.5 inches wide by 15.5 inches in diameter. It’s molded to provide comfort and support. Most people are surprised how comfortable it feels and don’t feel the need to add a cushion.

It’s adjustable, too. The 24-inch version adjusts from 22 to 25 inches, while the 30-inch stool adjusts from 28 to 31 inches.

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Things we like:

  • Stylish iron and wood construction
  • Adjustable height
  • Contoured wooden seat

Things we don’t like:

  • The seat isn’t meant for additional padding

Recap: Best Bar Stools Made in the USA


Factors We Considered

Height

No matter how great a barstool is, it can quickly become useless if it’s not the right size. Measure the bar, countertop, or wherever else you want to put a barstool.

Next, take that measurement and subtract 10 inches. The result is the height of the barstool that will fit best, providing room underneath for your legs while also allowing you to comfortably rest your arms on the tabletop.

The height of a barstool is the distance from its base to the top of the seat. You don’t want to count the distance of any chair back.

Width

If you plan to put two or more stools at the same bar, you’ll want to ensure they’re spaced for maximum comfort and convenience. As a general rule, you want about 28 inches between stools. That’s enough space for people to comfortably talk without bumping their legs and arms against each other.

Also, you need to consider the barstool’s placement related to the end of the bar. You want at least a foot of space between the middle of the seat and the counter’s edge. That’s typically enough space for someone to comfortably rest their arm.

Materials Used

Barstools have two major components:

  • The frame
  • The seat

The frame is typically made from either wood or metal. In the first case, you want 100% hardwood, which is the strongest and most stable. Woods commonly used to make barstools include oak, walnut, cherry, and hickory.

With metal, steel is one of the best options. It’s strong and resists damage well. Other popular options included bronze and aluminum.

Seat Cover

For the seat cover, you have two options:

  • Leather
  • Fabric

Leather creates a classic look. Plus, it’s soft and comfortable. However, it is susceptible to tears, so it’s typically not the best option for heavy-duty use.

If you’re looking for the most durable option, choose a microfiber cover. You can keep it clean easily, and it resists both tears and staining. Fiber covers also give you the most color options.

Features

Barstools have a few features that can increase comfort.

If you want back support, choose either high or low-back stools. Keep in mind that a high back does change the look of a barstool a great deal, as well as its ability to slide completely under the counter. However, it’s also more comfortable if you’re sitting for a long time.

Additionally, barstools can also swivel. Some swivel only from side to side, while others spin completely around. A swivel makes getting into and off the stool easier, especially if it’s the type with a back. Additionally, many people find the ability to swivel makes the chair more comfortable (and fun).

Style

Finally, don’t forget the style. You can find everything from sleek, modern steel stools to classic wooden options. Of course, you’ll find no firm rules here. Choose whatever type of barstool you like.

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