Bar stools can be used as seating around a bar table or countertop. Also known as kitchen stools, bar stools all differ in terms of height, material and the number of legs they feature. You'll also have to think about the style of the stool alongside the material and comfort of the seat. Another important factor to consider is the presence of a backrest. Kitchen stools are ideal if you want to eat breakfast at a countertop. Whether traditional, contemporary, industrial or rustic in style, these stools form an essential part of open plan kitchens. Swivel or stationary, bar stools come in all sorts of materials such as wood, steel or plastic.
In fact, the main difference between models comes down to material:
- wood is often chosen for its warm and rustic feel;
- rattan and bamboo can provide an exotic edge to your décor;
- plastic (ABS or PVC) is a great lightweight option that comes in a variety of colours;
- powder-coated steel is both elegant and strong;
- stainless steel is a high-end option that offersstyle and strength.
These kitchen seats also differ in terms of design:
- from classic or rustic to modern, there's a wide range of options to choose from so you're bound to find something to match your kitchen décor;
- some models have four legs while others stand on a single leg with a round or square base;
- swivel stools are available for additional comfort.
There are few factors to weigh up before you invest in a kitchen stool:
- it's recommended that you leave at least 30 cm between the seat and the countertop or table;
- lower stools are a great option for children;
- some models are fitted with a valve mechanism for height adjustments;
- others are equipped with a backrest, two armrests and a footrest for even greater comfort;
- it's also possible to find upholstered models covered in leather, faux leather or fabric.
In short, your choice of bar stool will come down to the style of the room, the height of the table or countertop as well as the level of comfort you're after.