Janie Roth. Bar Stools. January 12th , 2018.
If youve got a patio bar or outdoor bar, then patio bar stools are the perfect complements to your bar. Theyll turn a simple bar into an inviting space for entertaining and add much needed seating for parties or smaller gatherings. However, its important to choose your stools and other seating carefully to ensure that theyre durable and attractive. Patio Bar Stool Styles Patio bar stools come in two main styles: backless and with backs. Either can be a good option depending on your bar and other needs. If you just want a stool to belly up to a small bar, then a backless style might be perfect. These stools may or may not have swivels, but they usually have footrests. They dont block the view of the bar and are great for short stints of sitting.
3. How Many Do I Need? Most newer homes and apartments with a raised counter are built to accommodate 3 bar stools. As a general rule of thumb, allow 24 from the center of one seat to the center of the next seat. A 6 foot long counter can generally accommodate 3 stools. An 8 foot counter, 4 bar stools. This obviously depends on the measurements of the particular stool in which you are interested. You can always buy an extra and use it for additional guests. 4. Metal or Wood? This is a good question. If you ask 10 retailers, youll get 10 responses. In my opinion, wood bar stools are prone to problems not encountered with welded metal bar stools. Due to the soft nature of wood (when compared to steel), screws and joints tend to come loose over time- especially wood with arms. The constant outward stress on the arms can loosen the attachment points resulting in a loose feel. Legs and stretchers (horizontal support bars) can also become loose over time resulting in an unstable and potentially dangerous bar stool. Still, there are decorating situations in which only wood will work.
Some Types And Designs Of Stools And A Few Words About Materials Backless stools take up less room than those with a back, saving space for more seating. This is also true of stools without arm rests. One of the main advantages that stools have over chairs is that they take up less space and allow for more seating places. If you are one of those people who have a bar on the back patio of your home, then you will want to find out about outdoor bar stools. These are designed to resist the elements while retaining good looks. These too come in all sorts of different materials. Besides the obvious painted metal stools which will resist rusting, there are wooden stools too that can weather the weather so to speak, and even some plastic and bamboo. Bamboo is becoming a more popular choice for many applications due to its toughness and strength, and the fact that it grows so fast and is easy to replace. Its a very green choice for those who are concerned with sustainable materials choices.
If your horizontal (floor space) is limited, you may choose armless. Arms generally add 3 to 6 inches to the overall width of a single bar stool and can add up to 18 in width on just 3 bar stools. (See How Many Do I Need?) Backless stools are great when you need occasional extra seating or in situations where you dont want to obstruct a view with tall backs. Example: You may have an open floor plan and do not want to obstruct your view from one room to another. Also consider any outside views. If your game room or kitchen faces a lake or river, for example, you may not want backs extending above your counter that may obstruct your view.
Others have their saddle made of straight, flat wood, which might be a type of seat you are more used to. 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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