Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Just about everyone knows that bar stools are not just for the bars and taverns anymore. These high seats have found their way into the homes of comfort lovers everywhere. The invasion began in basements with the lucky homeowners who had their own basement bars. Today, you can find bar stools in every room of the house, from bedrooms to living rooms to dining rooms, too.
There are several heights, styles, colors, models, and shapes available for bar stools, ranging from those that are four feet high down to those that more often resemble step stools. They are very popular for a lot of reasons, mainly because they are stylish and they do not take up a lot of room. You’ll need to think about how many stools you need for whichever room they will be in. Are you going to use them at a breakfast bar in your kitchen? You probably only need two, three, or four stools. Do you have a pub height dining table that you need chairs for? Depending on the size of the table, you’ll need four, six, or eight bar stools.
Be careful when choosing the height of the stools. Be sure that when a chair box states that the stool is 29” high that you know if it is 29” to the seat or 29” to the top of the back of the stool. If you have driven an hour and a half to your favorite store to buy eight bar stools that are 29” tall and you go home to find that they do not fit under your table, you have a big (and expensive) problem on your hands.
You’ll also need to decide what kind of materials you are going to want your stools to be made out of; there are those that are completely wooden, those that have metal frames that have a retro look, those that are a combination, and some that are even plastic. You also need to decide if you want yours to have a back on them or not; will the seat be circular or some other shape? Be sure that the stools you choose are going to be comfortable for people to reach the counter, bar, or table with.
Another important consideration is that you want your bar stools to fit in with the décor of the rest of the room. If you have an oak table you probably will not want metal barstools with red leather seats. Many people really like this feature because it facilitates getting in and out from underneath counters or tables. While these swivel bar stools can run more expensive than their non-swivel counterparts, many people feel that the extra cost is nothing compared to the ease and comfort that they get from that little bit of swivel to help them out after they have stuffed themselves with Thanksgiving dinner!