Probably one of the most used seats in your home is a kitchen bar stool. Many homes now have a kitchen and dining area with overhanging counters. A kitchen bar stool is the ideal seat for these counters. When you get home from work, you may sit down at the counter, on a kitchen bar stool, to sort through the mail. Your children may sit on them while doing homework, while you’re preparing dinner. When you have family and friends over for dinner, they may sit on a stool at your counter, chatting while you prepare the meal.
When it comes time to redecorate or remodel your kitchen, you may want an counter with some bar stools placed underneath. There are a lot of choices when it comes to kitchen bar stools. There are many styles, and many materials. You can get stools made with wood, steel, wrought iron. They come in several different heights. You can find them with and without backrests and arm rests. They may swivel, or they may not. Which bar stools should you choose for your kitchen? Well, that depends mostly on your preferences, but there are some things that you should keep in mind when you choose a set of bar stools for your kitchen.
Since kitchen bar stools get a lot of use, you’ll want something sturdy and durable to stand up to the abuse. Avoid stools made of soft woods. The amount of traffic in the kitchen, and the amount of use the stools will get, means that softer woods would scratch easily, and get damaged. A much better choice would be metal stools or hardwood. Make sure that the finish on the stools is durable enough to handle heavy use.
The height of the counter should determine the height of the stool. You should allow 12 inches from the seat to the bottom of the counter, to provide enough clearance. If the stools have arms, then the top of the arms should easily fit under the table or counter.
The cushions of the stools obviously need to be able to stand up to a lot of wear and tear. Leather or vinyl cushions are fine for bar stools, but make sure that they are thick enough to not tear easily. Bare wood or metal seats can stand up to a lot of use, but they aren’t quite as comfortable as a padded seat.
You may want to use the stools in other parts of your home, and not just your kitchen. If you expect to be moving the stools from place to place, make sure they are light enough to be moved easily. If the stool is too heavy, then it is likely to be dragged from place to place, possibly damaging your floor.
With the fast pace of modern life, it is common to just grab a quick meal, and sit down at the counter, rather than having to set the table for a full meal, and then clearing it afterwards. Often, you’ll find yourself coming home from work, grabbing a quick bite to eat, and then heading back out again. The bar stool gives you a good place to sit for these quick meals. Just follow the tips listed above to find the right bar stool for your needs.