Monday, April 28, 2014

Shopping for kitchen bar stools

Bar stools have become popular. Modern interior design trends often incorporate bar seating in the kitchen or breakfast nook. This offers a convenient perch for a quick breakfast or snack. In homes where the kitchen and dining area occupy the same space, the different seat heights also make for an appealing feature. 

Modern bar stool designs may go well with sleek brushed stainless steel designs, whereas more traditional styles may benefit from the charm of wooden stools.

Bar stools are readily available at leading department stores and most furniture boutiques. You may also opt to have them customized by a furniture maker according to your design and style preferences.

Here’s what to consider when shopping for a set of bar stools…

Standard seat height

The first step in choosing a bar stool is getting a stool with the appropriate seat height for your bar counter or table. Bar stools are usually used at the kitchen bar, with a hanging ledge higher than the counter height. Kitchen bars are typically 42 inches high and should be used with 30-inch tall bar stools. 

Other seat heights

Aside from the usual bar stools, there are also other stools with different seat heights. The counter stool is 24 to 26 inches tall, which works with the standard kitchen counter height of 36 inches. Spectator or stadium stools are also available, which have 34 to 36 inch seat heights. These are primarily used for extra-tall counters that are up to 48 inches tall. Apart from these options, you may also choose a bar stool with adjustable seat height for better flexibility. 

Swivel stools

Another choice you may have to make is whether to get a swiveling bar stool or not. A swiveling stool offers more comfort and flexibility for the user. However, some designs just don’t come with this option. Classical designs in wood or wrought iron featuring intricate details are charming additions. Some may be willing to forego the advantages of swivel stools for these designs. 

Styles and materials

Stools come in all styles and materials. Consider the design of your kitchen when choosing a bar stool design. A modern design may go well with sleek brushed stainless steel designs, whereas more traditional styles may benefit from the charm of wooden stools. Other options include upholstered bar stools. You may opt for tie-on cushions for a fun and dainty look. Seat backs and arms also vary depending on the bar stool design.


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