How to Choose the Right Bar Stool for Your Space
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How to Choose the Right Bar Stool for Your Space | Bar Stool Tips

As you begin to search for the perfect bar stool for your home bar, restaurant or office space, it is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the choices. Wood or metal? Upholstered or wood seat? Swivel or stationary? The important things to think of are the way in which the space will be used and who will be using it. Keep these simple tips in mind to make your selection process a bit easier.

1. Decide where your stool will be located. Whether you are outfitting a retro diner style kitchen or a cozy Tuscan themed breakfast nook can have a big impact on the type of bar stool that you choose to buy. Think about the space you are decorating and try to find the best stool for the location. A sturdy bar stool made out of weatherproof teak wood would be perfect for that outdoor poolside bar. A traditional dark wood armed bar stool with green vinyl seat cushion and a decorative pin border would go great in an Irish-style pub bar. Remember what the theme of the space will be and you are one step closer to finding the perfect bar stool.

2. Take in the surroundings. Once you know what type of bar you will be furnishing, take a look around your surroundings. Is there space for arms on each of your new bar stools? What is the height of the bar? Perhaps you are outfitting a family-style bar-height dining table. All of these things are important to take into account when choosing a bar stool. Likewise, you want to have a good idea of the traffic that will be coming and going in your bar area. This can have an effect on whether or not you choose stationary, floor-attached stools or movable, swiveling stools.

3. Shop for quality. As you begin to shop for bar stools, you will quickly realize that there is a wide range of prices to choose from. The best idea for shopping for new bar stools is to buy the very best that you can afford, especially for a commercial bar setting. With people coming and going regularly, it is important to have the highest quality stools, not only for safety reasons but for durability as well. Buying a higher quality bar stool can save you time, hassle and money in the long run. Look for dealer guarantees and warranties as you shop and be sure to check the return policies at the company you decide to buy from.

4. Remember function. Before you shop for bar stools, you will want to keep in mind the use that your new stools will receive. It makes no sense to purchase ornate, delicate stools for a rugged woodsy cabin. Think about how the stools will be used and how you want your guest to feel as they sit. If you are furnishing a home bar that turns a corner, you may want to consider swivel top bar stools to make for easy conversation. If you are hoping to create an English teatime type of seating area, you may want to check out beautiful painted wrought iron stools to accent the space. Whatever your atmosphere, having stools that help your guests feel more comfortable is key.

With so many amazing choices in furniture today, choosing the right bar stool for your space can be a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be, and with these easy-to-follow tips, you will be on your way to the perfect bar space.


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