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With so many options, it might seem like a tall order to pick the perfect bar stool. Have no fear- choosing the right stool is easier than it looks. Depending on both the style of the room you’re furnishing and your personal preferences, we’ve put together a list of things to consider that will help inform your decision!
- Most stools are made of wood, metal, or plastic. Depending on your taste, style and needs, it’s important to consider how each material differs.
- Wooden stools will provide a more rustic and durable look. Generally long-lasting, wooden stools are a good long-term investment. They’re also quite versatile, as they provide a look that is easy to match with its surroundings.
- Metal stools offer a clean, simple, and chic look for your bar. Often adjustable, metal stools are easy to clean and also long-lasting.
- Who is going to be using the stools most often is another aspect to consider. For kids, something easy to clean/hard to destroy might be a better option. For adults to older individuals, something more cushion-y is probably a better option. Or, if it’s somewhere that might require more long-term sitting, a seat is nice too.
- Upholstery is another option to consider. If you prefer additional comfort, this is a no-brainer.
- Back vs no back: this all comes down to comfort and safety. Who will mostly be sitting on your stools? If its either extreme (younger kids or older adults), stools with a back is a good thing to look for.
- Adjustability: a wonderful way to increase the versatility of your stool.
- Arm rests: added comfort, though slightly harder to get around.
- Swivel: not always a necessity, but a nice bonus feature if your stools have a back. For a bar that might have action going on behind it, this is a nice way to add some cohesiveness to the room. For example, if your living room is behind where the bar seats are located, the ability to swivel will allow you and your guests to interact with everything in the room.
- Space in between: ideally, you want enough room between your stools so that everyone can sit and feel comfortable, with adequate space in between each other. You can achieve this with about 10-15cm between each chair.
- How many? : Depending how large your bar is, some simple measurements (giving 10-15 cm between each chair) will help you make this decision.