How to Choose the Right Barstool

Bar stools are a popular, space-saving seating option for kitchen countertops and breakfast bars. But finding the right one can feel daunting at first. Here are four things to consider to help you find the perfect bar stools for your space.

1. Height

Height is a vital consideration when it comes to picking bar stools. To find an ideal height, determine the measurement of the counter where the bar stools will be situated. A standard countertop should be around 90 cm tall and works perfectly with counter or low bar stools ranging from 60-68 cm in seat height. Seat height is the measurement from the floor to the top of the seat pad. High bar stools, ranging from 70-78 cm, are best suited to higher countertops and raised breakfast bars around 105 cm tall. For more versatility, consider adjustable height stools—with seat heights ranging between 60 cm and 80 cm, they work for either countertop type.

2. Style

Meubles offers bar stools in different styles that can fit any space, from traditional to contemporary and everything in between. Consider the style and aesthetic of the room. For instance, the Helga bar stool by Fama works perfectly in a modern and colourful space, while the Freeport X back bar stool can inject a bit of drama into a sophisticated room.

Any special features you are looking for, such as a swivel or armrest? A backless stool can tuck away when not in use, making it ideal for smaller spaces; however, a backrest can offer more support. If considering a bar stool with arms, add the armrest and seat height together and compare it against your counter height to see if it can still fit under your countertop.

3. Covering

Different materials or coverings have their advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to read product descriptions carefully since many bar stools that use the word “leather” are made of faux leather. Genuine leather is strong, easy to clean, and has a beautiful shine. However, it is more expensive than fabric or faux leather and is available in fewer colours. Faux leather is a great budget-friendly alternative to leather and is just as easy to clean but more prone to damage. Another budget-friendly choice is fabric. Available in a range of colours, fabric is very comfortable. But consider the fabric type and colour since stains can be difficult to remove. Wood is durable and easy to clean but can be less comfortable than other options due to a lack of padding. Finally, there is plastic. While less durable than wood, pieces like the Bliss high bar stool by WOOOD are ideal for those looking for something suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

4. Price

Price is an important consideration. When deciding your budget, determine how many stools you need to purchase. If you have a smaller budget, the best time to buy is during sales. Bar stools can range from under €100 to over €500 each. More expensive does not necessarily mean better, so read product descriptions closely or check out a Meubles showroom to look for high-quality bar stools for your budget.

Looking for bar stools? Let us know if you have any questions about finding the right ones for you.

16th October 2023

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