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Bar Stool Guide


Earlier, we already wrote about how to choose a bar counter or a table-island, and now we’ll tell you how to choose bar stools for the kitchen. In this material you will find useful tips, a small review of prices and manufacturers, as well as 30 photo examples of various models.

Step 1. Select the seat height

Before going to the store, you need to measure the height of the countertops of the bar and understand how tall the chairs should be to it.

  • The difference between the height of the table top and the seats should be about 30 cm. So, if the height of the rack is 1 m, then the height of the chair should be about 70 cm.

Of course, a person's height also plays a role, so you need to focus primarily on your own feelings during the "test drive" of furniture.

  • If guests often come to you, your table has a non-standard height, or you simply plan to use chairs for different tables, then we recommend to buy chairs with an adjustable leg.

Step 2. Choose a design

The bar stool consists of a seat, legs and footrests, many models have a back and armrests, some models are height adjustable, can spin or even fold. The following tips will help you figure out what design is needed for you and your family:

  • High stools without a backrest are good because they can move completely under the table and stand on top of each other when you, for example, wash the floor. Sitting on them for a long time is inconvenient, but if your kitchen is small and the counter you use only for breakfast and snacks, then this option is perfect.

  • If the bar counter replaces your dining table, performs the function of a home mini-bar or workplace, then give preference to comfortable models with backs and armrests.

  • The legs at the bar stool can be three, four or one central with a wide support at the bottom (on the photo). The most reliable version of the chair - with 4 legs.

  • The bar stool must have a very strong step, because it will not only support the legs, but also help to sit on the high seat.
  • A spinning seat will be a great bonus if you use the rack as a mini-bar, and also if you often have parties and like to watch TV, say, in the adjoining living room.
  • If the kitchen is very small, then you can choose lightweight folding chairs. These are sold, for example, in Ikea (model Franklin). Also, simple folding chairs are useful to have in case of reception of guests and get only when necessary.
  • It is desirable that soft lining be worn on the legs of the chairs to protect the flooring.

Step 3. Choose a material

Bar stools for kitchen differ not only on height, but also on types of the used materials. The following materials and their combinations are used in the production of such a group:

  • Steel with gold and silver plating, as well as forged. Only the support or the whole chair can be made of metal. Metal bar furniture - the most reliable and easy to clean.

Bertoia in the interior

  • Wood. Wooden chairs are beautiful, but require periodic tightening of screws. In addition, it is highly desirable that the wooden stool footrest was metal.

Wooden bar stool Ingolf, Ikea

  • Painted or transparent plastic. Plastic chairs are lightweight and can look fantastic. For example, transparent Louis Ghost polycarbonate chairs as in the photo below will seem invisible and will not clutter up the space. But keep in mind that plastic can not stand more than 100 kg.

  • Vine and rattan, both natural and artificial. Only seats make of this material, but it considerably facilitates furniture. For convenience and beauty, wicker chairs complement with pillows and capes.

  • Upholstery materials: leather, eco-leather, fabrics and tapestries. On the chairs with upholstery is especially nice and comfortable to sit, besides, they look very elegant in the interior.

Step 4. Choose a design and style

Wooden or vintage metal bar stools, with or without upholstery, are suitable for a cozy country-style kitchen. And models with wicker seats will look great as well.

For a classic-style kitchen, only wooden or wrought-iron chairs are also acceptable. They should be as close as possible to chairs, and therefore have good-quality upholstery, seats, armrests.

For a modern interior, strict straight or sleek lines and shapes are welcome. Bright or, on the contrary, neutral colors. Materials are appropriate any, and plastic will be especially organic.

But for the loft, you can pick up chairs made of metal or wood, with leather upholstery, on trinogs in the style of Tolix (in the photo).

Pop art and fusion - the exact opposite of minimalist restraint. Chairs of unusual shape or at least with bright frames are suitable here as in the photo below.

Step 5. We are looking for where to find cheap but excellent chairs.

Bar stools from Poland - a good option for those who want to buy quality furniture is relatively inexpensive. Signal brand is known for the quality of materials and the harmonious design of its furniture. In the photo below you can see how the Signal bar stools of the popular S-300 series look like in the kitchen interior (price start at 8,000 rubles).

Even more affordable furniture can be found in Ikea. Seat height of almost all bar stools from Ikea is 74 cm. The most popular models are wooden Ingolf (3999 rubles) and Henriksdal (from 6000-9000 rubles, depending on the upholstery).

Below are photo examples of how the chairs from Henriksdal (first photo) and Ingolf (second photo) look in the interior.

Henriksdal in the interior

Ingolf in the interior of the kitchen

Original bar furniture, for example, transparent chairs Louis Ghost from polycarbonate, from Kartell factory cost from 30,000 rubles. But you can find in the Russian online stores excellent copies at a price of 5,000 rubles.

You can also search for replicas of the legendary designer chairs Eames (from 6000 rubles) and Tolix (from 5000 rubles).

Eames in the interior

Tolix in the interior