Asked on Oct 24, 2015

Any idea how to make these bar stools taller? Thanks!

by CindyKreutz
Hi - Bought these bar stools but they are too low for counter, any ideas on how to make taller? Thanks in advance!
  21 answers
  • Ginsum Ginsum on Oct 25, 2015
    Depends on how much higher you want them . . . you could add a cross piece on each side (that goes the entire width, kind of like another foot rail but on the sides) or do something like a 4x4 foot on each leg and stain to match(kind of like a sock that the bottom of each leg fits into)
  • Emi Harr Emi Harr on Oct 25, 2015
    Make a square with 10 inch boards, screw it to the bottom of the legs... if you want it 10 inches higher..(.It will have a solid bottom.. not individual legs.)
  • CindyKreutz CindyKreutz on Oct 25, 2015
  • Jane banka Jane banka on Oct 25, 2015
    take the seat off, add 2X4 were seat was, stain or paint all of the wood and recover seat. You may need to cover the new wood if it doesn't match the old wood???
  • MaryJane MaryJane on Oct 25, 2015
    If these are 24" stools and you need 30" which is only 6" than get to a lumber store like Menards or Home Depot and purchase screw on legs. I would also suggest cross bars for stablity added to the inside or outside where new meets old. You also could purchase stock lumber 2" x 2"s and the double ended screws to screw them together.
  • Cheryl J. Haire Cheryl J. Haire on Oct 25, 2015
    Don't think you should mess with the legs but make the seat higher by using 2x4 or 2x6 and redo the seat top.
  • Christina Craig Christina Craig on Oct 25, 2015
    consider using bun feet that are compatible in diameter and height with the increase needed...Home Depot has bun feet, or look at some web sites such as VanDykes"...liquid nails is a good friend to cultivate...:)
  • Sandy Hartnett Sandy Hartnett on Oct 25, 2015
    Adding to the seat Will give you a couple more inches I would also add a walk to each leg and add wheels to the blocks and then you should have the right height
  • Sandy Hartnett Sandy Hartnett on Oct 25, 2015
    That's add a block not a walk! Dumb voice command! Lol
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Oct 28, 2015
    Any leg ad-on will be unstable and you risk injury. Any seat heightening will not fit with back. I would build a platform for them to sit on raising the floor level. It could really add to the room ambiance, bar like.
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Oct 29, 2015
    Do u understand that ; after u add on to the legs, it will be the weakest part of the stool? That is why people are saying to add to the top. The bun feet sounds best as the bun feet are a little wider at the bottom and if u dont put wheel on; u should put felt on the ends to prevent scratching. When people plop on because its high or higher exerts a great deal of stress on the legs. U have good advice given. Good luck.
  • Darla Darla on Oct 29, 2015
    Make a platform for that area of the floor. If you make it all the way to the side of the bar, people can rest their feet on it too. You could paint or carpet it.
  • Ryan Black Ryan Black on Feb 03, 2018

    You could add casters for a couple inches otherwise just buy new barstools and save the headache

  • V Smith V Smith on Feb 03, 2018

    Remove the seats. Miter 1 x 6 boards to create a box. Inside the box screw corner blocks, for reattaching the seats and holding the box square. Use scraps of wood to marry the box to the stool on each side. If necessary add a 2 x 2 bar across the front for a foot rest. Stain everything to match or paint them black.

  • Gwendetta Reid-white Gwendetta Reid-white on Jun 17, 2019

    How can bar stools with metal legs be raised about 3-4" higher?

  • Sarah Nachbar Sarah Nachbar on Jan 19, 2020

    I just did this by purchasing pvc pipe that has a hole big enough to fit the chair legs, and anti slip leg covers that were big enough to fit over the pipe. I had the pipe cut into four 8.5 inch pieces per chair. The legs were 5.5 inches from the round decorative foot rest thing to floor and I wanted to raise the height by 3 inches. I just slipped the legs into the pipes and covered it all with electrical tape so it stayed and matched the black. It’s a bit thicker than the rest of the legs but it doesn’t look bad. You could also spray paint them black.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 13, 2024

    For safety reasons, add inches to the top seat area. Take off the cover and add the thickness you need, either nail or screw it on, then recover with foam and a fabric of choice.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 13, 2024

    Why not sell the stools and use the money to buy taller ones that do fit?

  • I think it depends on how much higher you want them to go. I’d make the seat taller, build up from there but you can’t go too far or it’ll be top heavy with the potential to tip. You might be best off selling these and getting ones the right height.