1. Most kitchens feature standardized counter heights for food preparation and other tasks. The universal standard for a standing work surface in the kitchen is 36 inches. However, if you're the kind of cook who prefers to be seated, try a 30- or 32-inch counter paired with a 24-inch counter stool.
2. As alternative seating for counter-height dining tables, 24-inch counter stools offer greater versatility and convenience - especially if they swivel. The 24-inch stool also fits in well with current decorating trends, which tend to emphasize an open floor plan and a casual dining room used for general entertaining.
3. Unless you're a restaurant or club owner - or aspire to be one - you've probably not considered the nuances of bar stool heights. So here's a helpful hint: the 24-inch bar stool is technically considered a counter stool. A proper bar stool has a seat that's 29 to 32 inches from the floor.