Jocelyn Chauveau Bar Stools October 27, 2017 14:29:44
Bar stools are very popular items of furniture which not only enhance the appearance of a room but provide versatile seating for all types of occasions. Modern bar stools come in a huge variety of designs to suit rooms of any theme and some are even made for outdoor use. From traditional wooden counter stools for rustic country kitchens to contemporary metal bar stools complete with swivel seats ideal for a home bar or games room there`s a barstool design to suit all tastes.
Backless stools are great when you need occasional extra seating or in situations where you don`t 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.
A counter stool proper: A counter top height is about 36 inches or about three feet. For an average height American this is a good size for food preparation. And when one wants to eat breakfast at the counter the appropriate height of the breakfast stool seat is 24 inches or so which is termed the counter stool height. For busy people this is a great choice of height: The food can be prepared and consumed in the same space and it can be consumed either sitting up or standing down on a modern counter stool. Lots of choices and no hassle with setting up another table when in a hurry.
Bar Stools - The continuous evolution: In the old days bar stools were strictly utilitarian just wooden pieces nailed together to form sturdy seats. There was not much call for aesthetic modifications and life back then was generally plain-looking by today`s standards. If you have seen movies depicting the medieval or Middle Ages then you will be familiar with the rough-hewn appearance of their furniture. They were often unpadded as well so sitting for long periods of time was not an attractive prospect. The Renaissance saw a sudden uprising in the call for beauty and everything became covered with carvings and etchings. These bar stools were no exception and their long legs in particular were made more aesthetically ornate. Padding as part of the seat and not as a separate cushion was also introduced. Not surprisingly not everyone could afford these fancy seats so the simple designs were still common in the seedier bars and public houses. This disparity is important to consider since it has led to the richness of choice that we have today. In the previous century every decade saw changes in popular fashion and aesthetics so public houses changed their appearance regularly. Those periods saw the use of chrome leatherette rotating seats and polyurethane foam. These stools became fixtures around counters literally speaking. Being bolted to the floor their fixed nature prevented them from being used in the inevitable bar brawl. Alcohol seems to often lead to violence of some sort and many a bar has seen destruction at the hands of inebriated patrons. At least the stools would be spared too much damage.
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.
Metal Bar Stools: Metal bar stools are often available in dozens of finishes. Look for a powder-coated and baked on finish. These finishes are by far more chip and scratch resistant than "spray painted" finishes. In addition to a more durable surface a powder coated finish is much less likely to be damaged by cleaning products than a painted finish.