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Bar Furniture UK, Bar Stools Set | Infographic

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STUCK IN A RUT WHILE CHOOSING
BAR STOOLS? FOLLOW THIS GUIDE
AND YOU’RE ALL SET

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Whether you’re looking for a statement and highly functional piece in your kitchen or living room, or want to further enhance your bar to let loose and reflect on theday, bar stools have deservedly become a great option for modern kitchens, living rooms, and home bars alike.

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However, it’s important that your bar stools not only make a bold fashion statement but also boast a sturdy built along with the perfect height. Those are just some of the things you need to consider.

Here’s what you can do to make sure you choose the bar stools for your home:

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT HEIGHT

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  • You should start by measuring the distance from your floor to the top of your breakfast bar or counter
  • While commercial bar counters tend to be 40-42 inche tall, a kitchen or breakfast bar is typically around 36 inches tall.
  • Therefore, a good seat height would be anywhere between 24 and 26 inches. Once you have established the optimal height, you can then decide whether to go with a fixed height or adjustable height bar stool.
  • While we’re talking about height, we should also mention width – the width of the bar or counter, that is
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  • This needs to be measured though as it allows you to determine how many bar stools you can fit
  • A good rule of thumb here is to leave at least 26 to 30 inches between each stool to assure a comfortable fit

CHOOSING THE RIGHT STYLE

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Even though barstools are available in many kinds of attractive styles and eye-catching finishes, you should quickly consider which room in your home you’ll be placing the bar stools.

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For example, it could not only be your kitchen, but also your living room, dining room, basement, etc. We’ve even seen people place their bar stools next to their poolside bar and it looks fantastic

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Therefore, always pick a style that suits your interior (or exterior) design – rather than buying a colour and design which awkwardly clashes with the rest of the décor.

CHOOSING THE RIGHTMATERIAL

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  • Materials are an extremely important consideration when it comes to choosing kitchen or living room furniture or kitchen furniture like bar stools.
  • For example, would it make more sense to buy a leather bar stool for a luxurious space or, perhaps, a wooden bar stool to give your space a more traditional country feel?
  • Or, maybe gas lift bar stools or bar chairs with low maintenance might be more appropriate, especially if you have lots of little ones?
  • Matching a bar stool with your existing furniture and day-to-day needs is always a good idea
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  • Speaking of materials, you also need to take durability and wear into account.
  • How often will you be using the stool?
  • What kind of environment is it going to be in? Will there be a lot of kids playing around, leaving marks or scruffs on the bar stools, for instance?
  • If you’re expecting a lot of stains and higher-than-usual wear, then a bar stool upholstered in cloth is probably not the best investment.
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  • In this case, a low maintenance surface such as a wooden bar stool would be ideal.
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    CHOOSING THE RIGHT FEATURES

    When you’re in the market or online browsing through bar stools to buy, it’s always a good idea to consider the following features:



    SWIVEL

    A swivel on your bar stool means, you’ll be able to comfortably turn around or move to either side without ever having to move the base of the stool.


    Plus, a swivel is a great feature to have while kicking back and enjoying cocktails with your friends and family.

ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT

A swivel on your bar stool means, you’ll be able to comfortably turn around or move to either side without ever having to move the base of the stool.

Plus, a swivel is a great feature to have while kicking back and enjoying cocktails with your friends and family.

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HIGH BACK AND FOOT REST

If you tend to spend long hours at the kitchen counter, such as when working from home, a high-backed stool is an excellent investment.

You’ll get the necessary back support and have a wide assortment of designs to choose from.

For the ultimate comfort, however, you’d want to choose a bar stool that has a footrest too.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT STYLE

  • Not sure how many bar stools you’re going to need for your kitchen bar or bench?
  • We mentioned earlier that 26-30 inches between each stool tends to work great.
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However, if you feel that’s too much and you can make better use of your existing space, then leave at least 6 inches of space between each bar stool, allowing you to relax and sit without rubbing shoulders with your neighbours!

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It may be too close for comfort for some folks, but it just might work for you.

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One thing to note here is your seat’s width. If you pick a bar stool with arms, that will automatically extend the stool’s width, and therefore, potentially reduce the number of stools you can have at your kitchen or bar stand.

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Adjust the distance between each stool according to your own personal preference.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT STOOL
ACCORDING
TO LOCATION

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  • Will you be using the bar stools in your kitchen? Or, your games room or basement bar, perhaps? This will, naturally, influence the design and style you choose.
  • Furniture in Fashion (FiF) offers a broad range of beautiful, high-quality bar stools – from wooden stools to fabric and leather stools, each offering a unique style, material, and specific uses.
  • We recommend that you choose a stool that either matches your cabinets or kitchen worktop. Alternatively, you could also pick a contrasting colour to mix things up a little.

LAST-MINUTE ‘GOOD TO KNOW’ SHOPPING
TIPS WHILE HUNTING FOR BAR STOOLS

Even though choosing a particular style of bar stool comes down to personal preference, round stools tend to occupy more space than square ones.

Always review what kind of materials your bar stool is made of. Sturdiness and durability, for example, may be important to you, although a heavier stool doesn’t automatically make it sturdier or more durable.

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If saving space is high on your buying agenda, then swivel bar stools tend to work best, as do backless bar stools.

Finally, try to match your bar stools with your overall kitchen décor. A little bit of contrast is fine but you don’t want a clashing design that sticks out like a sore thumb.