Jacqualine Pruvost Bar Stools February 02, 2018 18:38:45
Cowhide is a natural cow leather that has been minimally processed not bleached or colored. It may have been soaked in salt after the cow was skinned and in the tannery it might have been tanned to remove the odors and prevent shedding of hair.
Sometimes the legs will be made of natural branches with their natural curvatures giving a seat a rustic unique look. Later with the development of wood carving machines the legs would become straight and of the same shape and would feature simple circular ornaments.
Wooden western bar stools would then be upholstered with that cowhide leather using metal round top tacks which would provide a look of a western bar stool strongly resembling a horse saddle. Sometimes a saddle horn would be added to one side of the bar seat to complete such horse saddle bar stool.
There are two uses for bar stools in a typical American kitchens and game rooms: First is with 40-42 inches tall bar tops and the corresponding comfortable sitting level of the bar counter stool is about 30-32 inches above ground. Second is with the counter tops which have a typical height of three feet or 36 inches and a good sitting height with those is 24-25 inches. Likewise the small dinette tables for nooks or game rooms are often somewhere between the bar top height and the counter top height. When you want to use your bar stool (or a counter height stool) in all of the above circumstances then an adjustable height stool is a good choice. Not surprisingly most adjustable stools will adjust between 24 and 30 inches in height.
If you like to entertain bar stools are perfect for relaxing in whilst enjoying a sociable drink with friends. You can take your pick from various different styles including simple backless designs with solid or cushioned seats and those with armrests and seatbacks. Upholstered barstools can be covered with hardwearing fabric in your choice of colors and patterns to compliment your existing décor and other furniture. Vinyl and leather bar stools are other popular options to consider.
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.