Darchelle Vasseur Bar Stools February 01, 2018 21:44:53
Bar Stools - An old tradition: Bar stools are arguably as old as bars themselves. When someone thought of putting up a relatively tall long table that would serve as a centerpiece for a public house it would not have taken long to think up appropriate seating. The bar is often at elbow height of a standing man of average height for the purposes of making things easier for the bartender who serves while standing and also to draw attention in a room. Its height meant that conventional chairs would leave patrons at chest or chin-height in relation to the bar which is no way to enjoy some food or drink. When bar counters served as focal points for food and drink as they did in the old days one really needed one`s hands at the right height. The obvious solution was to go to the bar counter order food or drink then finish it off while standing up and leave afterwards. This was fine for the utilitarian purpose of public houses but soon people started wanting to hang out for longer. In any case taverns and pubs profited from having customers hang around for more than just a drink or two. Bar stools were invented to provide comfort and in turn generate revenue for the owners. The height meant that the countertop was in easy reach and the narrowness meant one could seat a large number of people at the long counter. Since then going to the pub to meet the locals and congregating at the bar for some drinking have become traditional pastimes. It would probably be unthinkable to imagine a world without the age-old practice of chilling out with the guys or gals for a drink after work while resting one`s feet.
When space is at a premium in your bar or around your counter top you will want to either get a backless adjustable height stool to take up the least amount of space or you will go for a folding counter stool. A folding counter stool will collapse the back rest the seat and the legs into a single thin plane and so flattened will become highly useful for stowing away and for transporting it from room to room and even to an entirely new place altogether such as a second home.
Stools that will be used frequently or for long periods of time (dining game rooms commercial bars etc.) should typically include arms AND backs to increase comfort and decrease stress on your back and shoulders.
Alternatively you may prefer to buy stools with detachable bar stool that tie-on to the seatbacks. This gives you the advantage of being able to change the covers for cleaning or if you fancy a change of look and can be useful if your stools get lots of use.
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.
Swivel Bar Stools: A feature that is available on many bar stools is a swivel. These stools can turn around which makes it easier for whoever is sitting in it to get on or off. They also don`t scratch up your floor as much since you don`t need to push them around every time you want to get in or out. You can find swivel bar stools that are made out of wood or metal in lots of different styles.