Al fresco bars are trending this summer – here are 9 outdoor bar stools to perfectly accessorize the space

The best outdoor bar stools will become the heart of a good entertaining space in your backyard, so you need to choose the right ones

Outdoor bar stools around a backyard bar
(Image credit: Emily Cate Rochon. Design: Jessie Lane Interiors)

During the summer months, our outdoor spaces are ripe for entertaining and hosting, and the outdoor bar is the perfect touch to create a space that feels social and special. From full outdoor kitchens with handy fridges for storing drinks to a mini bar that's as simple as a tall bistro table with two bar stools either side, an outdoor bar might not sound like it, but it's a luxury that everyone can replicate in their backyard, no matter the size. 

Turning your backyard into an entertaining space is something you can do with the best outdoor furniture on hand. I've gone through the outdoor bar stools on the market to snap up now.

Best al fresco bar stools to buy

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Can metal bar stools be used otuside?

Outdoor bar stools really come in a range of materials. From plastic to teak, from aluminum to wrought iron, there are a range of different materials to pick from when selecting the perfect bar stool for your modern outdoor furniture

Metal bar stools such as aluminum and wrought iron are good options as they are hardwearing and made with weather-resistant materials, standing up strong against the elements. 

If you want to soften your metal look, you can get metal that is wrapped in rattan or resin wicker. Opt for powder coated finishing where you can and if you want color that withstands the test of time. Powder coating cleverly causes a dry powder to fuse to the surface of the metal which is then baked for a smooth coating that's tougher than paint. 

Think about any upholstery you have on your outdoor bar stool too. If it isn't outdoor appropriate, make sure you have a place to store them away when not in use. Polyester and olefin upholstery are both a good shout for your bar stool seating. 

How tall should stools be for bar height?

When you're creating your kitchen countertop, the height typically ranges from 36 to 39 inches and it's a similar height range in the backyard. To find the perfect height for your bar stools, subtract around 10 inches from the height of the bottom of the bar counter. This gives your legs room and help the stool fit comfortably under the bar. Any higher than this and your legs won't have enough room.

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.