First off - Congrats on the move! How exciting!!
A kitchen island is definitely something to be excited about - they offer so much extra kitchen space in terms of prepping, serving or just hanging out. We love kitchen islands!
When it comes to seating at your island the first thing you need to be 100% aware of is the height of the island. Is it bar height? Is it counter height? Or is the (seating space) table height? This is the number 1 thing you need to know before making any purchase.
For a bar height (this is usually described as a breakfast bar, usually there is a part of the island that is raised. sometimes we see a raised portion on a kitchen peninsula). A 30-inch stool is the perfect height for a standard 42-inch bar or counter top but anywhere between 28" and 33" will work . Bar-height stools are also ideal for a work space, like the garage. These are the same size stools you see in a restaurant or bar and are taller than the average dining chair. Ideal for standard built-in bars. Not ideal for small children
For counter height, this is an island that is the same height as the rest of your counter tops. These stools are the ideal height for a 36-inch counter or to have on their own for extra seating. Counter-height bar stools are smaller than the typical stool you see in restaurant or bar, but are a great addition to your home bar or kitchen space, they range in height from 24" to 27". Popular option for kitchen islands and easy to use for most people
For table height, (we see this a lot in condos) the island usually has a portion of the island that is counter height and then a portion that dips down to table height. This is in lieu of a kitchen or dining table. Table-height stools are shorter than counter or bar stools and can be a good alternative to chairs at a dining table or breakfast nook. Generally between 16 and 23 inches tall. Offers a casual look; often without backs. Great choice for small children and kids' seating
Other measurements to consider when choosing a bar stool are the spaces between each stool as well as between the stool and the surface height.
For stool spacing, look to have about 26 to 30 inches measured from the center of one stool to the center of the stool next to it. This allows for optimal space for eating, working, and socializing. For leg spacing, account for 9 to 12 inches between the stool seat and the underside of your counter top or bar surface. We suggest a counter top over hang of 15"-18" if this is going to be a main eating area.
When it comes to style - the possibilities are truly endless but take a few things into consideration. If this is a main seating/dining area - mid to full backs are a comfortable option. If your are tight on space look for options that are sleeker and not bulky, backless stools tuck under counter top over hangs really nicely. If you have room for lots of seating but don't really have a lot of guests over, try mixing styles - that way you have the supportive comfort but also some spare seating when you need it and your kitchen won't look or feel cramped.
This image is a great example of mixing stool styles. The full back upholstered stools are comfortable and perfect for everyday use. The backless adjustable cowhide stools add some extra seating when needed.