Antonia Alford. Bar Stools. January 19th , 2018.
There are so many different designs of stools to choose from, you can have stools with arms, without arms, low back, high back, padded and unpadded. You can combine one design with another and have a totally different stool, the possibilities are endless. You can spend serious amounts of time trying to decide on the right stool for you, and once you have you will love it. Padded bar stools are very popular, as wooden or chrome bar stools do tend to get a bit uncomfortable if sat on for any length of time, and many people prefer arm rests on the stools. Depending on the environment is if you have the bar with backs or not, traditional looking stools will have back rests, where as contemporary stools will tend to be designed back less. It is of course totally your choice, and if you want a contemporary stool which is padded, with arm rests and a back, then that is what you can have.
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.
Even if you plan to purchase a bar stool that is pre-assembled, ask the salesperson if it is an RTA bar stool. Many retailers will pre-assemble the bar stool and sell it at a perceived UNBELIEVABLE PRICE. Look for bolts holding legs and other parts together. Avoid these bar stools if they are going to be used on a continuing basis. Nicer metal bar stools typically have all-welded frames. The only bolts you may see hold the seat to the swivel mechanism and there may be a few screws holding the seat pad to the metal frame. This type of construction is far more sturdy than RTA stools.
A Quick Word About Prices Bar stools range from around $50 to more than $400, with an average of around $100. Although you can find them as inexpensive as $50, you may find that the quality suffers and it may make more sense for you to spend a bit more to get the quality that will last longer. A Final Word Stools are a very fine choice in furniture. From swivel bar stools to solid wrought iron, they are versatile enough to replace chairs for many uses, and they can provide a casual yet elegant look and feel. Many are more easily moved than chairs because of their lighter weight, and they save space. Heres some useful information to help you in your planning efforts. Stools should be placed about 14 from the edge of a wall or bar, and you should plan on spacing them approximately 26 to 30 apart. Add some style to your home with some. Whatever the application, there is a kitchen bar stool to meet your needs.
Metal Patio Bar Stools Metal bar stools are generally constructed of iron, stainless steel, or aluminum. Avoid other metals because they may not be as durable, waterproof, or stain resistant as these three. Metal stools can often be left out year round, except in very wet climates. In most cases, the stools will be more comfortable if you add removable cushions. Cushions should be removed in the fall or during heavy summer storms, and stored in a dry place. Wood Stools If you choose wood stools, look for cedar, teak, or pressure-treated pine. All three offer long-term durability and are often waterproof. Theyre also quite attractive. If you have Adirondack patio chairs or other wooden patio chairs, then wooden stools would complement the total look of your yard. In most climates, wood bar stools can be left outside during the summer and part of the fall. You may want to bring them in for very heavy summer storms. You should store them somewhere dry during the wet, cold months to prevent splintering and excess wear. Plastic Stools Molded plastic stools are affordable and weatherproof, but are less durable than other options and are often unattractive. If you live in a very hot region, the stools may not last more than one or two seasons because heat and light quickly degrade plastic. Plastic stools should also be stored in winter to prevent damage from extreme cold. Whichever type of bar stools you choose, make sure they match your home, your yard, and your lifestyle. Although its tempting to buy cheap stools, youll get more enjoyment and use out of stools designed for durability.
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