Nanette Lelievre Bar Stools November 29, 2017 18:05:00
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.
If you decide to cover your bar stool with leather keep in mind that leather is a natural product made from the skin of cattle. As such there will be variations in color and texture just as there are variations in texture and color of your own skin. Generally the more expensive the leather the more of these imperfections you will see. The "Cheaper" leathers used in furniture are often "corrected" leather. Corrected leathers are treated sanded and dyed to remove these imperfections. Many are even stamped with a simulated grain pattern. Corrected leathers will most often match very closely from one piece to the next and may actually look more artificial than many vinyls! Consider it a unique trait if you happen to get a barbed wire scratch mark or even a "brand" mark. Many people pay extra for these imperfections that prove the authenticity of their leather.
This is a good question. If you ask 10 retailers you`ll 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.
Bar Stools - The new generation: Today with the recognition of many interior design styles and themes bar stools have been manufactured to complement the choices for public rooms. Some go for the old-school gentleman`s club feel while others like the sleek and chic chrome and leather styling. There are some that appropriate Oriental design elements and incorporate bamboo in motif or material form while some turn to wood and etching in the tradition of Old Europe. There are even some that use molded plastic and brushed steel for that futuristic streamlined ambiance. And that`s not even to mention the various accouterments used in various theme bars all over the world. The seat offers a tempting canvas for stylized lettering or graphics including the ever popular Harley Davidson and Jack Daniels for instance while chair sides would prove good grounds for scrolling artwork. Of course for the older establishments that wish to retain an Old World charm wicker stools are light easily replaceable and totally in character. Modern padded seats have to regularly have their cushions replaced what with the constant traffic of derrieres both tight and not so. Of course just because they are "bar" stools does not mean they are only found in bars and home bars have become increasingly popular. Man caves also tend to have their fair share of bar stools for a movie and drinks night in or just a good old knees up style party. Other house may also have a few of these seats around a kitchen counter or similar feature.
Adjustable height stool - from bar height to counter height: Typical adjustable height counter stool will readily adjust between the counter height of about 24 - 25 inches to 29 - 32 inches or so bar height. This will allow a stool like that to be used at the bar top as well as at the counter top which will add to its choices. While the bar stools and the counter stools are available in both metal or chrome or wood finish an adjustable height stool is usually only available in the chrome finish or a stainless steel finish as these are the only ways the single foot of a stool can be made height adjustable. That single foot contains a pneumatic mechanism that uses compressed air to `lift the seat surface upward and uses the person`s own weight to lower the stool surface downward.
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.