Bar stools are one of these kitchen decor elements that shouldn’t be neglected but may be extremely difficult to fit into your interior.
They can make a strong statement when combined with the contemporary trend to paint backdrops with neutral colors and tones. There are three main qualities you have to consider before buying bar stools: the number of items, their size and the material they are made of. Covering these three essentials will ensure a comfortable set of seats that are adjusted to the size of the island and the general space.
Let us take a look at several materials you will face when trying to find the perfect fit for your kitchen.
- Metal. This is a great material for counter stools, as it is easy to clean and cheap in maintenance. Moreover, metal bar stools come at relatively accessible prices and are made to suit more contemporary, modern interiors. If you have wooden flooring, the metal will contrast with the rest of the kitchen.
- Wood. This style of bar stools will fit most narrow kitchens. In addition to that, you ought to seek backless stools, for they are less visible and easier to hide under the island. Wooden chairs that provide greater convenience for their users are usually comfy curves in the seat. It is also more back-friendly because you are forced to sit up straight.
- Wood and metal. This combination is often represented in modern thrust in bar stools design. They are sculptural, so they can add more pizzazz to the neutral interior of one’s kitchen.
- Molded plastic. It’s one of the first choices when it comes to practicality and style. You can clean them up with a couple of sweeps with a wet duster. If you your kitchen is kept in rather dark tones, you will go for white plastic chairs – they will enlighten the kitchen and add a pinch of contrast into the room.
- Leather. Leather bar stools usually come along with metal base. Thanks to their minimalistic nature and the comfy leather upholstery, they are not only solid and modern, but they create the feeling of surrounding warmth throughout the kitchen. If you are a pet lover, though, forget about leather stools, as there will be nothing left after you let your pupils sharpen their claws on the brand-new upholstery. In this case, we’d recommend buying some cheap yet aesthetic material (cotton will be a perfect choice) and make your own DIY fabric to embrace the chairs with. All you need for creating such covers is a tacker, a couple of upholstery nails and an hour of free time.
Before you start to choose the right bar stool, you will have to make accurate measurements. All details ought to be adjusted to the location and use of your chairs. Moreover, if one wants to feel comfortable in his/her own kitchen, one has to choose chairs that are not only of the proper height but also ensures enough space for your feet under the counter. Here are some facts about the bar stool’s height:
- The average bar height varies between 40 and 42-inches.
- For an average barstool, you will want a seat with a 30-inches height.
- The scat height should circle around 24 and 26-inches.
- For small kitchens, it is recommended to buy a 10-13-inches stool.
Apart from ensuring you’ll have enough room for your legs, you have to allow for adequate elbow room, as well. The optimal spacing of 26-30-inches from the centers of each seat. However, if you have a stool that is equipped with arms or turns on a swivel, you will need more space, approximately 30 inches.
When it comes to the placement of your bar stools, you have to decide on the focal point of your kitchen. If it’s a table, then place the stools accordingly with the table area. On the other hand, if you are an island owner, your stools will be hidden under the island in order to be exposed only when you are hosting guests. Wooden stools placed near the table in a well-lit area will make them vulnerable to showing any stains or imperfections on the stool, so if you want a chair that is more flexible for every sitting area, you will want high-quality wooden stools or metal ones.
Mechanics and back types
There are three no-brainer options that come to our mind, when we speak of bar stools: backless, swivel mechanism, and stools with arms.
- Backless: One of the advantages of buying backless bar stools is, without a doubt, the weight. They are light and easier to move, plus they require less space. If you hide them under your kitchen, you will create an uncluttered sightline right from the very entrance. On the other hand, backless stools offer less support, so do not place them in areas where people like to chit-chat with one another for hours.
- Swivel mechanism: They are so-called rotary stools. The most mobile version of a bar stool allows a turning range of 180-30 degrees, which makes them easier to maneuver. They also let their users move from one area to another, if you suddenly turn into a social animal. Higher-quality swivels will automatically return to the front-facing position after you’re done swinging. The sad part is that they are less handy for elderly people and children; for the latter, swivel mechanism bar stools may even be dangerous. Finally, they require more space, so you can exclude them from the remodel plan if you have a small kitchen.
- Stools with arms: Apart from the additional support, comfort, and style, stools with arms require additional space; given this, you have to make sure that they fit along and under your countertop or table. They are children-friendly, as they sit in a firm, straight-up position – a perfect fit if you want to keep your child’s physique healthy.
Bar stools may make a dent in your budget… But they will bear fruits in the long term
With that said, it seems clear that better-made products are more expensive. However, one that buys cheap has to buy twice. Following this gold sentence, look for products with longer life expectancies, higher prices, and better warranties. If you fancy design independence, you may turn to those manufacturers who offer custom options (usually you will have to pay for the upgrade). If you need a custom size, fabric or finish, get yourself the best deal.
Speaking of quality, you will have to find out as much as possible about the materials, when you compare products. If you want to purchase bar stools with leather upholstery, check if it’s all leather or just the seat, and the rest of elements are made of synthetic stuff, such as ecological leather or vinyl. If you are in search for oak stools, see if the pieces are glued together, or are their solid oak? For metal stools, the gauge of the tubbing will be of paramount importance. Lower gauges are better since the heavier tube will help you achieve a better quality of weld without burning holes in it.
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Let’s have a drink
Although insignificant at first glance, bar stools are actually your “to be, or not to be” kitchen decor element. You have to adjust the right type of a bar stool set in order to allow your guests have a comfy time while sipping their favorite drinks as appetizers before the dinner. Make appropriate measurements, adjust the style, the back, and the upholstery to the overall interior mood, and spend a few minutes on thinking about the right placement of your brand-new stools.
Remember not to buy too comfortable stuff – you don’t want any of your party’s survivors to slumber overnight behind the bar.