When decorating your home bar it is of the utmost importance to keep comfort and practicality in mind. The bar should be easy for you, the bartender, to navigate and cozy so that guests can relax and enjoy a few drinks at your place. Choosing the perfect seating is one of the most important decisions you’ll make whilst accessorizing your bar. That’s why it’s wise to take some time to consider your options.
Generally speaking a barstool is a tall, stool specifically designed for sitting at a bar or high counter. The complexity of the convivial seat style, however, isn’t so general.
It comes in many makes, shapes and sizes and comes in a plethora of materials including wood, metal and even recycled car parts. Some stools include foot and arm rests while others are designed with high backs and upholstered cushions. There are literally hundreds of different models to choose from. So, where do you start?
If the height of the stool is non-adjustable, you’ll definitely want to start by measuring the height of your bar in comparison to the seat of the stool. A bar chair that has guests lifting their chins over the lip of the bar to catch a glimpse of the last replay simply won’t work. The stool should be at a height that your mates can not only see you on the other side of the bar but that they can comfortably lean their elbows on the bar while still get on and off of the seat easily. A barstool with an unsuitable height, no matter how stylish or swanky it is, is a futile addition and should be 100% avoided.
Before selecting the furnishing for your bar, you’ll also want to study the entire space. If, for example, you have a small bar area, you should consider purchasing stools that are narrower and free of arm rests. Big bar chairs can make a humble space look clunky and arm rests occupy space. Instead of arm rests, you could offer a convenient foot rest and a narrow build can be compensated for with shaggy, plush seats.
If you have a larger space to play with, furnishing the bar with large, bowl-style seats, complete with heated cushions, vibrating massage and a coolie cup holder could be just the ticket. Were you thinking of something a little more practical? No, problem. Once you determine the ideal stool style for your bar, you’re bound to find it on the market. If not, custom made is always an option too.
When accessorizing your bar, it’s also a good idea to stock a few foldable, easy to store bar chairs in case some unexpected guests come join the Friday night shenanigans at your place. I like those tall, director-style chairs because they’re comfortable, practical and they look good too. Portable stools are available in a wide price range and there are various models to choose from.
Models range from outdoor barstools, indoor barstools, modern barstools, leather barstools and more. Depending on the type you purchase, whether or not it’s a designer brand, for instance, these small pieces of black and white furniture can impart a real contemporary modern look to your kitchen or home bar. They range from tall to short and materials vary but most commonly include wood, metal, wicker, rattan and more. Popular brands include Hillsdale, Tempo, Seagrass, Amisco, Trica and others while some popular styles include swivel seats, backless, rustic, Saddle, Extra tall, counter height, commercial, folding, patio models and luxury models.
Barstools aren’t solely reserved for just the bar either; they can be used to add comfort and style to a variety of spaces in your home. Create a snack corner in front of that big window in the kitchen or use a stool and some shelves to invent a small workspace in that dead corner at the top of the stairs. Their versatility is endless. All you need is a little time to ponder, a measuring tape and some creativity to find the perfect stool to furnish your bar.