Jocelyn Chauveau Bar Stools January 31, 2018 22:10:04
When you are looking for a saddle bar stool or saddle counter stool as your kitchen bar stools or if you own a Western style restaurant or bar and would like to recreate the feeling of the bygone era of the Wild Wild West there is one thing you can do to get into this feel - get a set of western bar stools and in particular saddle bar stools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Full height bar stools: These are typically 29 - 32 inches high. They will fit a bar top that is typically between 40 and 42 inches high to accommodate eating a quick bite or sipping a quick drink either at breakfast time when you are in a rush to get to work or when you are ready for a quick snack during the day.