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Although originally designed for the bar or pub environment, bar stools are increasingly becoming an item of home furnishing. The raised viewpoint of the seat is undoubtedly part of the appeal, while its stylishness and practicality in a kitchen setting are also probable factors.
Bar Stool Height
The common height for bar stools tends to be 76 cm high, although some stools intended for kitchens can be just 66 cm. Tall 91 cm stools generally accompany a table of complementary height. The height of many bar stools can be adjusted, often by a gas lift system, increasing the number of locations for which they are suitable in the home.
One of the great advantages of the non-affixed barstool is that they tend to be stackable, and therefore perfect for a location such as a bar or eatery. The ease with which they can be cleaned is also a positive in this type of environment.
Bar Stool Designs
There are a range of bar stool designs. Many are floor-mounted, that is, screwed into the floor, although this is less common in the home space. Floor mounted bar stools often come with the capacity to swivel. The seat can be supported either by a central column or legs. Back and armrests are optional, as are padded seats. A footrest is an occasional feature, and can be custom-fitted.
Bar Stool Material
Bar stools can be made from a number of materials. Most common for the frame are wood, stainless steel, and chrome. Aluminium is popular for outdoor use. Seat padding is often polyurethane foam, while the cover is usually vinyl, but leather and polyester are also used. Moulded plastic seats are similarly popular.
Buying bar stools
While a new bar stool for the home can be costly, especially if custom made, secondhand bar stools can offer you big savings, with two used bar stools costing less than a single one new. Bargains are not hard to find, especially if you search for a set of used bar stools for sale.
Bar stools are a durable piece of home furniture, easy to clean and often suitable for both indoors and out. A set of bar stools adds extra seating for friends and family during special occasions.