When it comes to choosing bar stools, style, and coherence with the overall ambiance of the room are really important. What's more, these stools are to provide the best comfort for the users, whether in a bar, restaurant, café, or at home.
If you are planning a makeover of your happy bar place, begin with bar stools. To help you, we have collated important pre-purchase tips here - hope you will find them useful!
A bar is such a happening place! Who does not like to get a 360° glimpse of what's going on around? The swivel bar stools provide an effortless turn-around. They can be of fixed or adjustable height, with or without footrests, cushioned or flat.
Regardless of the type, swivel stools connote an open and lively bar character. Choose them if your bar has high-energy regulars. And also invest in bright incandescent lighting, a couple of chandeliers, and abundant green flora.
Stools with adjustable height
Because God created humans of varying heights, designers created bar stools with an adjustable height. Whether your guests are 5' or 6'-5", they will be able to sit merrily on these stools for hours. Adjustable bar stools allow the users to bent their knees at a comfortable right angle and to sit upright with the correct posture.
These stools are available in an array of styles and designs, with ample choices of cushions and backrests. Choose the one that blends with your bar effortlessly.
Bistro bar stools
They are very French, very elegant, and yet they don't overdo the style factor. For example, their simplistic steel frame with a foot ring and a wooden seat and backrest will have the elegant feel coming from its shape and lean form.
Does your bar furniture and setting have a European aura? Or, do you attract cosmopolitan clientele? Then the bistro bar stools will be your natural choice. They will blend with airy spaces with a lot of movement space, and light shades of walls and furniture. Nothing dark!
Bar and counter stools
The backless bar stool type is trending because of its minimalistic native styling. These stools have a basic wooden or metal frame, foothold, and a cushion-less seat. Stylish in a rugged way will match a space with a pool table in a corner, overhead lighting, and a lot of merry laughter.
What Are the Best Materials for Bar Stools?
This is the top-of-mind material, and for good reasons:
Wood is a timeless material for furniture. It blends with infinite types of interiors, including bars, bistros, cafes, and restaurants; it's perfect for home interiors too
It is very durable and long-lasting
Offers a wide range of surface finishes that will harmonize with any décor. Natural wood texture, lacquer finish, stain, and oil paint are just some of the options
Non-conductive of electricity
Available in teak, oak, cedar, maple, pine, and other woods with unique textures and grains.
It is an equal contender for bar stools but has a different appeal than wood. Its unique features are:
Lighter than wood yet very strong
Affordable -- less expensive than wood
It can be formed, cast, cut, bent, or shaped to create unique bar stool designs. The bistro bar stools mentioned above are an ideal example of metals' malleability
Wide range for styles and uses -- stainless steel, galvanized steel, iron, and wrought iron are some options
Climatically stable -- metal will not deform or degenerate with moisture
Bacteria-proof -- it will not breed parasites
Wide choice of finish -- powder coating, liquid paint, buffing or brushing… there are many choices
You will surely come across these chic styles with a metal frame or armature and wood seats and backrests. They have such a vast stylish range to choose from, you may fall for one! Be mindful, though, that the style matches your bar ambiance.
These molded plastic bar stools are made from polyethylene terephthalate or PET. Their advantages are:
Affordable -- less expensive than wood and metal
Available in attractive colors, so no need for surface finishing
Light-weight yet long-lasting
Stackable -- these designs can be stacked when not in use
How will you determine the height of the bar stool?
This is the golden rule: your bar stool should be about 9" to 12" lower than the bar top. This will ensure a comfortable sitting posture and easy access to the bar top. For example, if you have a bar with a height of 41", your bar stool should be 29". For 43" bars, go for a 31" stool.
What backrest style should I choose in my bar stools?
The backrest has vital stylistic and ergonomic contexts in the selection of bar stools.
Low-back -- it supports the lumbar spine that is most susceptible to back pain problems caused by sitting postures. The L1 to L5 vertebrae get adequate support, and so does the torso. From the style context, their tall body gives the bar stool a contemporary look suitable for avant-garde bars with mostly young visitors. Wall graffiti is a frequent décor element.
Mid-height and full-height -- they support the thoracic spine and full spine, respectively. Their style concept is conventional, hence they will match the typical bar environments with heavy furniture, dark walls, and low-intensity lighting.
Reverse-arch -- this style supports the width of the back snugly, so you feel comfortable and relaxed even when you sit for a long time. This style is usually complemented by cushioned upholstery of leather or faux leather. It will suit the mid-to-upper segment bars with a plush décor.
Backrest-cum-armrests -- in this style, the backrest extends to the front and forms the armrests. These types of stools will go with mid-century modern interiors.
Molded backrests -- These come with the plastic bar stools. They're comfortable and will be perfect for minimalistic decors, spaces full of light and neutral colors.
What kind of bar stools are best for the kitchen?
Bar stools are as important in domestic environments as they are in bars, bistros, and cafes. They serve the purposes of dining and socializing in an amiable, cozy, and familiar setting.
These chic styles are currently in vogue:
All-metal -- They are affordable yet elegant, and due to their wide finishing options, they can blend with most types of kitchen interiors
Matching material with bar-top -- Be it granite, marble, wood, or other material, harmonization of bar-top and bar stool seat materials is back with a bang. These bar stools will suit the modernist kitchen that harps on elegant functionality. Marble or white ceramic kitchen sink, white cabinets, a steel fridge… These stools will do well in a serene and harmonious ambiance. A wood-textured vinyl floor will help to lift the visual appeal.
Rattan/wicker stools -- perfect for farmhouse-style or bohemian kitchens in combination with wooden worktops. Modern versions of these stools can be found in olive-green or gray making them even more interesting and fashionable.
Fabric cushions -- They will suit domestic environments. Why? Because the fabric is intrinsic to home interiors and furnishing. The range of materials and their fantastic, infinite designs and patterns are a compelling reason to opt for kitchen bar stools with fabric cushions. Cotton and linen, and rugged denim are your material options.
Lily is a modern designer with great appreciation for sleek architecture, a love for art in its many forms, and a passion for sharing her experience with people. If you’re looking for advice on how to modernize your old-fashioned place or make your new restaurant a visual blast, she’s definitely the one to ask.