Bar stools are becoming a must-have piece of home furniture and are quickly making their way into homes all across the world. With many homes having bar height counters or even a built-in bar, the demand for high quality bar stools is now greater than ever. Many office furniture manufacturers are catching on to this trend and have begun mass producing many different makes and models. With the wide selection available, there are a number of factors to consider before making the splurge to purchase multiple stools.
Round saddle bar stool. Some western style counter stools have a round ”saddle” instead of rectangular. They are still termed western counter stools for their other qualities, such as wood as the material for both their legs and the seat. They will typically have four legs, and the neighboring legs will be connected with cross bars at different heights on neighboring sides, and same heights on opposite sides, for stability and sturdiness of construction. Sometimes the legs will be made of natural branches, with their natural curvatures, giving a seat a rustic, unique look. Later, with the development of wood carving machines, the legs would become straight and of the same shape, and would feature simple circular ornaments.
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In the swinging 60s, a few people were incorporating bars into their homes and accordingly these stools began to make a small appearance in residential settings. The old wooden stools from pubs were popular but at this point we were seeing the emergence of metal and chrome stools. The wooden bar stools were found in basement or recreation room bars while the chrome and padded bar stools were most often found in living rooms and poolside. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, most bar stool, be they commercial or residential, were 30 inches high. During the late 1980s we began to see the advent of the 24 inch bar stool. This smaller bar stool is now the most popular type of residential bar stool. The 24 inch bar stool is very popular in families with children. The shorter stool is much more accessible and also safer for the little ones. The shorter stool is also better for adults that might have mobility problems. Being 6 inches closer to the ground makes a big difference for those you suffer from chronic hip or knee pain.
Kitchen stools. Whether its a modern breakfast bar you have or a traditional pine table, kitchen stools can be ideal for your seating requirements. Traditional chairs or bar stools like those pictured below can give that warm feeling that you had whenever you where in your mama's kitchen. Alternatively a metal, chrome or aluminum look can add sleek and sophistication to any modern kitchen. As with the pub stools the height of the counter should be considered prior to purchasing any stools or chairs. The standard breakfast bar is usually 36” which would suggest that you use a 30” stool. When considering a breakfast bar the rule-of-thumb is to have a 6-10” gap between the counter and the seat to derive maximum comfort. However, if you have traditional seating arrangements around a table leave a 6” gap.
The Construction. To get the bar stools of the right construction, you should carefully consider these points: Who is going to sit on the stools? How frequently will the stools be used? For how long periods of time will the stools be used? If the stools will be just used occasionally and for short periods of time you will be fine with stools of any construction, be it wooden, metal or plastic. However, if the stools will be used for long periods of time, often and by people of different weights, you should go for a high quality stools preferably metal ones with all-welded constructions. It will ensure safety and durability. High quality wooden stools may also work well but will require much more care. All-welded metal stools do not require bolts whilst wooden ones do. Assembly of some wooden stools require as many as 50 bolts. It means that regular checks must be made on them to ensure the safety of people using them because the bolts tend to loosen over time. It isn't the issue with the welded frames. So to be able to buy the ideal bar stools for your needs you should carefully consider the 3 factors described above; the style, the height and the construction of the stools. The style to ideally match the stools with your current decor, the height to ensure the best comfort for legs and the construction for utmost safety and durability.