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A Guide To Buying Bar Stools

Simon Phillips

Bar stools come in loads of
different styles and sizes, so it’s worth taking your time to find a
design that’s right for you.  Choices
include swivel or stationary seats, solid or upholstered seats, and stools
with or without arms or backs.  Here
are some things to think about when deciding which bar stool design would
be best for your home:

  • Consider which room you’ll use your bar stools
    in, as this will influence the design and materials you choose.  Look for a design that will fit in with the theme of
    your décor, such as traditional
    bar stool
    for a country kitchen or
    contemporary metal for a modern breakfast bar.

  • Think about whether you’ll use your bar stools
    for eating and drinking.  For
    instance, if your stools are going to be used at a kitchen countertop
    or in a home bar, they need to be able to stand up to food and drink
    spills.  You might want to
    choose a solid seat, or if you’d prefer padded upholstery, durable
    fabrics such as leather or vinyl are good choices. 

 Another option is to get bar stools with back rests that you
can tie cushions onto – that way you can easily remove the cushion
covers and wash them.

  • Pay careful attention to the space
    available when deciding how many bar stools you need. 

As a general rule it’s advisable to allow a distance of
around 26-30 inches between the middle points of each seat.

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  • Another
    important consideration is the height of your table or countertop
    where you plan to have your bar stools. 
    You’ll need enough room to be able to fit them neatly under
    the table when not in use, as well as enough legroom for people to be
    able to sit comfortably on them. 
    Aim for a gap of at least 10-13 inches between the seat and the
    tabletop, and remember to allow room for the arms, if your stools have

Bar stools can be both practical
and stylish, and can be great additions to your home.  With a bit of planning and research, you should be able to
find a style of bar stool that’s perfect for your needs.





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