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Selecting the Right Height for Your Bar Stool

Date Added: December 26, 2014 02:37:46 AM
Author: Chris Kaelin
Category: Shopping
A lot of times we tend to think that a seat is a seat, but nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to bar stools. For starters, you are sitting up when you sit in a bar stool, rather than “sitting down” in a traditional seat.

As such, it is important to choose a bar stool that is the right height. Choosing a bar stool that is too high up results in unnecessary inconveniences while drinking, and a bar stool that is too short makes it difficult to even grab your drink. This is one of several factors to consider when considering what bar stool to purchase, but several other factors are worth considering.

Such considerations include:

• Bar Stool's Materials
• Bar Stool Design
• Your Bar
• The Bar Stool's Mobility

Bar Stool Height

To keep things simple, the right height of the bar stool should be about one foot shorter than the height of the bar. This way, the people sitting in the stools will be perfectly situated at the bar's counter top, enabling them to enjoy their drinks without being uncomfortable.

Bar Stool Materials

Most bar stools are made of wood or metal, and these are the materials most frequenters of bars are likely familiar with. However, if you are opting for a more modern looking bar, materials such as plastic are also available.

Wood bar stools will give a very rustic look for your bar stools, while metal stools will make your bar look a bit more contemporary in nature. If you need your bar stools to be adjustable, metal bar stools will typically be your best bet.

Bar Stool Design

One design decision for your bar stools that can greatly enhance their looks is whether or not you want your stools to be upholstered. An attractive leather upholstery can make your stools look incredibly pleasing, all while increasing the comfort as well.

However, do consider that upholstered stools typically will not last as long as a harder and more durable stool, so that is something to keep in mind if you are going for function over fashion.

Finally, consider that there are a few different bases you can choose from where bar stools are concerned. Some bases come with a large center column and a wider base, while others have the typical four legs that form the base. You can also find stools that offer back support for additional comfort and security.

Bar Height

In addition to the height of thebar stool itself, take note to not make your bar height too tall. Often, very large bar stools can decrease the comfort of people sitting on the stool for extended periods.

Mobility of the Stool

If you would like to have stools that allow a greater degree of maneuverability, find bar stools that swivel to give you more movement. If, however, you prefer a stationary stool, these are not difficult to find either.