A Complete Guide for Choosing Outdoor Bar Stools

Outdoor Bar Stools

There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a cold beer or your favorite drink outside when the weather is nice. Outdoor bars can be really cozy and are just now becoming trendy. To set up a nice outdoor bar, you need to choose the right bar stools to compliment your design.

Outdoor Bar Stools

Here’s a checklist to help you choose the best outdoor bar stools.

Outdoor Style

Outdoor bar stools should carry that outdoor vibe and not look out of place. Go for a set of stools made from natural materials like bamboo, reclaimed wood, or even painted aluminum. Choose brightly-painted stools if you want them to stand out or go for a dark brown natural acrylic paint to augment a more natural look.

Form and Function

Outdoor bar stools should be the appropriate shape, height, and size. Here are some features to look for in an outdoor bar stool.

  • A footrest for comfort
  • It should be portable
  • It should be of an appropriate height in relation to the bar table chosen
  • You should be able to comfortably rest your elbows on the bar table while sitting on the barstool.


You can either choose a bar stool with attached padding or one that can accommodate removable padding for comfort. Also, consider bar stools with additional comfort features such as:

  • Arms – Some bar stools come with attached arms where users can rest their hands.
  • Back – A bar stool can have a back (which can also be padded) or be backless.


Outdoor bar stools should be made of sturdy materials that can withstand the elements. Hardwood is a popular choice but should also be protected with an extra layer of acrylic and re-varnished from time to time. You can also go for bamboo, wicker, oak, or even aluminum, depending on your needs.


Outdoor bars can be really attractive if you set up everything just right. Make sure you consider the style, materials, practicality and comfort of the bar stools you want to buy.

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