9 Chic Leather Bar & Counter Stools for Your Home Updated for 2023!

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I’m a big fan of leather and faux leather counter stools. They are not only chic and comfortable, but they are suuuuper easy to clean.

With littles (and pups) around here, easy to clean is pretty much top of my list. When we first moved into our house years ago and I saw the big, glorious kitchen island, I immediately wanted some of those cool rattan bar stools, but I couldn’t stop thinking about all of the food that was going to get lodged in each of those tiny crevices. #NoThanks

So, cleanability (is that a word?) took priority, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Leather bar and counter stools are still very trendy and stylish. Now, after having some faux leather counter stools for a few years, I can 100% recommend them as a great option for your island.

Today, I’ve rounded up my favorite 9 leather and faux leather bar and counter stools to help you outfit your kitchen.

Best Leather Bar & Counter Stools:

If you’re not sure if you need bar or counter stools, keep reading to the bottom where I give you some tips on how to get the perfect stools the first time. Also, know that affiliate links are used. I only recommend brands and products I have personal experience with, so at no cost to you, I may receive a commission if you make a purchase through my links! Thank you!

1. West Elm Slope Leather Bar & Counter Stool:

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This stool has so much going on, yet it all comes together in a really beautiful way. I love how sturdy the legs are and the design is different and cool. These are really stunning and they come in two colors, brown and a whiskey color.

Shop the West Elm Slop Stool here.

2. Pottery Barn Hardy Leather Counter Stool:

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Obsessed. These bestsellers are just gorgeous. The perfect marriage of hard and soft with the squared off metal frame juxtaposed with the soft leather panels. Available in 4 colors: all white, all black, black with gray leather and black with honey leather as shown here. You can get a totally different look and vibe with each combination – giving this stool so many design possibilities!

These are just so, so good. This one also appeared in my post with 10 counter stools perfect for families with kids. 

Grab the Hardy Leather Counter Stool here. 

3. Crate & Barrel Taj White Leather Strap Counter Stool:

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I love the way the leather straps are softened by the white color and the design. This gives you the comfort, longevity, and ease of leather, while not being heavy or too masculine. The wood tone is also a beautiful neutral that would some texture and coastal charm to a space.

Shop the Crate & Barrel Taj White Leather Strap Counter Stool

4. CB2 Rake Brass Counter Stool:

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Oh, yesssssss, honey. Now this is high style. Form, function and beauty all swirled together in one stunning chair.

They are just such a sleek, sexy design – while still being super functional for families. That is the unicorn, friends.

These counter stools are a vibe and I am HERE. FOR. IT.

Get the sexy Rake Brass Counter Stool here.

5. Target Bowden Faux Leather Counter Stool:

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These uber-affordable, but very cool faux leather counter stools are part of the Project 62 collection at Target. I can’t believe how affordable these are at just $90 each or less if you buy it in a bundle. They have 7 colors, but they can come in and out of stock depending on when you find this post.

I think Target is just owning in the home decor department. Opalhouse, Threshold, Hearth & Hand…. come to mama! I recently shared the new Opalhouse arched cabinet in this post and I just wish I had a place for it.

Score the Target Bowden Counter Stool here. 

6. West Elm Halsey Leather Bar & Counter Stool:

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This is a newer design and it looks so comfortable and cute. The chunky, squared off style is definitely different from the arches and curved lines that have been everywhere for awhile now. It has an almost minimalistic and Scandinavian feel to the design. Available in 8 leather colors and several vegan leather colors as well!

Shop the West Elm Halsey Here

7. Overstock Carbon Loft Keir Cosmopolitan Counter Stool:

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Give me one second while I throw all my current bar stools out on to the lawn with a “FREE” sign and order these ones STAT.

I LOVE THESE!!! Available in up to 4 colors, but this cream is SO good. I think they would be perfect for kids, but not compromise on style. The faux leather is going to be so easy to maintain, so if you’re a fan of lighter furniture, but don’t want to walk around with a bottle of Scotch Guard in your hands at all times – faux leather is for you.

Shop the Carbon Loft Keir Cosmopolitan Bar Stool here.

8. West Elm Cora Leather Counter Stool: 


leather bar stoolsMy cousin recently challenged me with finding cute backless bar stools. She almost bought a house that had an island that went out into the living room, so big, obtrusive bar stools with backs would ruin the line of site. There are definitely layouts that need a backless stool that need to be tucked under the counter.

You don’t have to give up your hopes and dreams of gorgeous counter stools when that happens, friends. These gorgeous stools come in a bunch of colors – 10 to be exact – and 2 leg options, this light bronze and a gunmetal color.

Bring home the West Elm Cora Leather Stools here.

9. Arhaus Gage Faux Leather Backless Counter Stool: 

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Leave it to Arhaus to come up with their own version of a leather counter stool that is like a piece of art. This one has so many beautiful details that make you just want to stop and stare at it.

Finished with a faux leather available in 5 colors and a seriously sturdy iron frame, this is not just a stool, but a piece of living art.

Arhaus Gage Faux Leather Backless Counter Stool: 

Counter vs. Barstool: What’s the Diff?

If you’re looking at these and wondering what the difference is between a counter and barstool height, it’s just the height of the seat.

Most kitchen islands are counter height, so you’ll need counter stools instead. Sometimes, this is not the case, so you’ll want to measure from the floor to the bottom of the island and then check the legs of the barstools you like to make sure there is enough space to sit on the chair without smashing your legs or jamming the seat into the bottom of the counter.

Even with counter stools, you’ll see some variance in how close the seat is to the floor, so just measure twice and make sure it’ll work.

Worst case scenario, most of these places have exceptional exchange policies and you should be able to get something that will work.


Wow, I love them all. I think I need to go into interior design so I can use all of the beautiful pieces I fall in love with online. There’s a home for every one of these, for sure.

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Have a fabulous day,



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