We believe home design should be stylish and distinctive. Whether you're looking for patio counter stools for a poolside grill or some outdoor dining stools for a bar-height table, finding seating that is comfortable, practical, and a natural extension of your interior design is essential to curating an al fresco hangout you love—and actually use. At Lulu and Georgia, our thoughtfully curated collection of outdoor dining furniture has something for every aesthetic, letting you turn your patio or terrace into a place to eat, drink, and enjoy the fresh air.
Not sure what style fits you best when shopping for outdoor bar or counter stools? Don't worry; we have you covered. Check out the tips below for ideas and inspiration as you choose the best elements to buy for your space.
What's the Difference between Outdoor Bar Stools and Counter Stools?
You may sometimes hear bar stools or counter stools used to reference both collectively, but there is a difference between them, and it has to do with height. Typically, counter stools have a seat height between 24-26" for surfaces between 34" to 36". Outdoor bar stools will have a seat height of about 28-30" for surfaces between 40" and 42". This allows for enough space to fit the stools underneath the bar or countertop.
Many styles come at either height, letting you style the look to your decor, but always be sure to check specifications and measure your table, counter, or bar before making a purchase.
Mind Your Material When Shopping for Outdoor Counter and Bar Stools
Modern outdoor bar stools offer a wide range of styles for you to choose from. From aluminum frames with removable, performance-upholstered cushions to the textural charm of this Mendoza Indoor / Outdoor Counter Stool with its all-weather wicker design. Consider materials that will work with your particular space—is it a covered or year-round installation with a temperate climate, or are winter and weather more of a concern? No matter the location, always mind the care instructions and details—covering or storing stools indoors during inclement weather or when not in use.
One of the great things about outdoor stools is that the same materials that make them resilient to the elements also make them perfect as outdoor dining or kitchen stools because they are easy to clean and care for. Even plush mixed material designs like this Mika Indoor / Outdoor Bar and Counter Stool use performance fabrics so you can dine easily without worrying about spills or stains. Backless designs make great outdoor kitchen stools for a grill island or cabana, but you may want a backrest and arms if you're styling outdoor dining stools for a tall outdoor dining table.
Defining a Look With Patio Bar Stools
Styling your patio or terrace stools isn't just about the practical—it's about adding flair and bringing in a personal touch that helps define your aesthetic. Still working on inspiration? Here are some ideas to get you started.
One of the main reasons we like to spend time outdoors is to stay grounded—let that reflectin the style and materials of your seating—whether patio counter stools or deck bar stools. Opt for organic elements that echo their natural setting. Teak is a beautiful wood containing water-repellent oils and resins, making it well-suited to outdoor designs—teak left untreated develops a beautiful gray patina over time.
Styling light finishes and streamlined frames with woven details is the perfect way to evoke a coastal feel with patio bar stools. Natural materials are a timeless favorite, but try an aluminum design like our Esparza Indoor / Outdoor Bar Stool in a versatile yet stylish white finish for something that pops with a sleek contrast. Mix in some breezy lounge furniture and a colorful outdoor rug to complete the look.
Simple is Chic
Whether it's the clean-line elegance of a modern outdoor bar stool or something comfy yet rustic like our Avan Indoor / Outdoor Bar Stool, pared-down frames, and backless designs offer a versatile look and lightweight appeal. From your patio to your deck, bar stools are perfect for bringing flexible seating to a dynamic layout—plus, there's just something chic about their airy, uncomplicated feel.
However you style them, outdoor bar and counter stools allow you the flexibility to showcase the nuances of your design aesthetic. Loved ones and visitors can immediately get a sense of who you are by seeing how you have extended your living space with thoughtful indoor-outdoor design.
When you shop outdoor dining furniture at Lulu and Georgia, you'll find pieces that will define and elevate the look and feel of your space. No matter what you're in the market for, we have a selection that offers a wide range of styles, colors, and materials to choose from. Check our outdoor inspiration page for more ideas on creating stylish al fresco spaces.