Many people that I sell bar stools too ask me what choices they should make in terms of choosing bar stools for their home. The following blog post is my overview of what steps to take, what to consider, and ways in which you can be sure to choose the best bar stools to compliment your interior design aspects.
Bar Stools Becoming Very Popular in 2014
Bar stools are becoming an increasingly popular furniture choice, as they’re compact, and can be stored quickly under the counter top or table. Many homeowners forgo having a dining set, instead choosing a tall bar style table with bar stools, or using their breakfast nook when space is at a premium. This UK Bar Stools retailer that I work with (they sell my designs in the United Kingdom) has some excellent ideas on how you can use the space in your home to maximise the effect of using these types of chairs.
It can be difficult wading through the variety of choices at the furniture store, and you must ensure that your new furniture matches what you already have in your home.
Bar stools are essentially tall stools with a foot rest on the base. The foot rest may wrap all the way around, or be only in front. A bar stool is generally much taller than regular dining room tables. There are special tables built to work with bar stools, and they are generally taller than a regular table as well. When measuring, ensure that from the top of the seat of the bar stool, to the underside of your tabletop or counter top has at least 18-22” of space, in order to comfortably place your legs.
If your legs are larger, than increase the measurement accordingly. There are even bar stools that have an adjustable height, but expect to pay more. Bring a measuring tape to the store, so you can measure, before you buy.
Will your bar stools be for indoor or outdoor use? If they’re being used outdoors, you may prefer something made from plastic product, in order to withstand the elements. If your bar stools are under cover, than you may be able to get away with any type of material that you want. Here are some ideas on how to set up your outdoor space with this type of furniture.
Bar stools are composed of a wide range of products from solid wood, to fabricated wood product, and metal. Decide which you would prefer. Fabricated wood product isn’t likely to last as long, but it will be cheaper. Rattan, wood, and plastic are more suitable materials for outdoor usage.
Consider how many bar stools you need. If you’re single, two may be plenty. If you have a large family, or are using them for entertaining, then six to eight may be required.
How big should the bar stools be? If you’re of a larger frame, you may wish for something sturdier, in case you want to take your time sipping your drinks on a Friday night. Arm rests and back rests could also be important features if you’re going to be using your bar stools for entertaining at your home a lot. Consider how long you’ll be sitting on your stool each day, before paying more for a padded seat. Ebay.com has a wide selection of bar stools for the larger person.
How sturdy do you want your stools? Do you want them to easily move around so you can store them easily, or do you want them solid, so they don’t give way when someone goes to sit on them?
Bar stools don’t even need to be all the same, as long as you only choose two different types, and their color-coordinated. For example, you could purchase two plain oak stools, as well as two oak stools with side and back rests.
The best bar stool will give a touch of elegance to your home, while providing a comfortable seating area for entertaining your friends and family.
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