Nanette Lelievre Bar Stools January 31, 2018 20:57:54
If your horizontal (floor space) is limited you may choose armless. Arms generally add 3 to 6 inches to the overall width of a single bar stool and can add up to 18" in width on just 3 bar stools. (See "How Many Do I Need?)
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.
What all these stools have in common is that they are made of wood. Back in the times of wild west metal was not as prevalent as it is today and the cowboys had to make do with the materials that were more readily accessible in particular wood. So the cowboys had to master the art of woodworking to create these stools. The other materials the cowboys had available were natural leathers either coming from caught wild animals but more commonly from the cows that were slaughtered for their meat.
When you are decided to pick a black leather bar stool sometimes termed counter stool either of a wood finish a contemporary chrome finish or a black metal finish to go with your existing bar top then you already know that a black leather bar stool will be an elegant and classy complement to your kitchen or bar area. Complementing a stainless steel finish kitchen with a chrome finish black leather stool will work as will complementing a wood-based kitchen style with a black leather and wood finish.
Another thing these western saddle bar or counter stools have in common is that just like the horse saddles they never feature a back rest or the arm rests.
Metal bar stools which are welded at all joints are far less prone to these problems. In addition many companies have dozens of finishes fabrics and options available for a given style. For example you may like a stool that is shown on our retail floor as a stationary (non swivel) stool with arms. In many cases you can custom order the same style as a swivel armless swivel with arms stationary without arms or even a backless.