If you've recently purchased a house with a breakfast bar, high counters, or even a wet bar in the house, you're going to be in the market for barstools. For those who have never bought them, it's easy to think of barstools as a pretty standard piece of furniture and assume that it won't really make a difference which ones you buy. However, there are some things that you should consider when you're choosing barstools for your house. Here's a look at some of the things that you need to think about when you buy barstools.
One of the first things that you'll discover when you start looking for barstools is that they come in a few different heights. This is important because these counters and breakfast bars can be installed at different heights, too. Before you start shopping for barstools, measure the height of the counter or bar where you'll place those barstools.
To get a barstool that you can comfortably sit in at any bar or counter height, you'll want to choose one that allows for nearly a foot of space between the bottom of the countertop and the top of the stool. So if you measure the height of your bar counter from the floor to the bottom of the counter, choose barstools that are around 10 to 12 inches shorter than that measurement to allow room for comfortable seating.
Another thing that you should think about is the fact that barstools come in a variety of styles. You might just think of the standard round, spinning stools when you think of barstools, but there are versions with low backs as well as some with arms and even upholstered options. You'll want to think about the look that you're trying to create as well as what those barstools will be used for.
For example, if you're buying them for a breakfast bar in the kitchen, and you expect that your kids will sit there, it's often best to choose barstools with a back on them so that the kids can sit more securely and you don't risk someone falling off the stool.
You'll also have to decide what type of barstool construction you're looking for. If the barstools will be placed outside, avoid any wood frame construction because of moisture exposure. Plastic or metal would be better choices in that situation. Otherwise, consider which material will fit best with the style you're creating. Modern designs work better with metal barstool styles while classic or country decor may blend better with wooden barstools.
Talk with a barstool supplier or furniture retailer today for more information.