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Bar Stools: Buying Guide, Types and Uses

Buying the right bar stool for your establishment may be a bit daunting and difficult if you’re unsure of what to buy. Buying the right bar stool can ultimately make or break space it can also be the deciding factor whether your guests are comfortable or not. There are plenty of furniture stores that stock indoor and outdoor bar stools as well as many stores that stock bar stools online Australia. The biggest tip for when buying a bar stool is to take note of the height of your counter, it really should be a no-brainer but you’d be surprised at how many places and people have gotten this wrong. The ideal gap should be 22-33 cm between the seat and the counter, this leaves enough room for the average person to sit comfortably at a bar. Picking the right bar stools can be a challenge, they differ for every establishment or room. This guide is designed to make choosing the right one for you and your place a bit easier.

Bar Stools Types and Uses:

Kitchen Stools

Kitchen Stools

Picking the right stool for your kitchen can be quite tricky, depending on how your kitchen is laid out, what finishes are used and what stool will ultimately be stylish, comfortable and most flattering in your kitchen. Depending on where your kitchen stools with be placed at a breakfast bar, kitchen island or a traditional table you should choose the finishes accordingly that will match the overall look you’re going for. If you’re going for a homely vibe pine finishes look great, metal or chrome will give your home a very sleek, updated vibe. The standard measurements from seat to breakfast bar counter or table are usually around 15 – 25 cm.

Cocktail Stools

Cocktail Stools

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Whether you’re buying a cocktail stool for a pub, club, at home bar or just because you like the look of these stools it is essential when choosing a cocktail stool for an establishment that the stool is lightweight, easily portable and durable. Stainless steel or aluminium is usually the most popular material used for this type of stool and usually sports a ridged footrest, this stool is a must for nightlife lovers. The cocktail stool is ideal in any establishment as the seating arrangement can be changed overnight to fit with ever-changing, fast-paced nightlife. Aluminium or light weight steal is ideal for this as they are easy to arrange and move in fast paced environments, durable, easy to clean and also affordable.

Cafe Stools

Cafe Stools

Cafe stools can vary depending on what vibe or feel you’re trying to set in your establishment. Wooden stools can be used for a more homely or rustic feel, along with different stains or finishes to compliment the environment. Metal stools, as opposed to Wood, could give your cafe a modern, updated feel that would compliment a younger crowd more. I would not recommend plastic as it sometimes can look cheap and scratches easily. Having stools either inside, outside or both can add a real European vibe to your cafe, having the stools both inside and outside can open up space and make it appear as one large area.

Outdoor Stools

Outdoor Stools

Depending on what kind of space you plan to put outdoor bar stools in you need to find bar stools made of sturdy and durable materials that will be able to withstand harsh weather conditions. Wooden stools would fit perfectly on a big wooden veranda or patio and makes great seating if planning for a get together. Wood finishes always give more of a homely feel to spaces whereas metal stools would give a much more modern, sleek feel to an environment. Putting stools outside and inside in a dinner, restaurant or cafe can bring the inside experience and environment outside making eating or drinking more enjoyable with the sun. outdoor bar stools are available in any good furniture store that also stock outdoor furniture or you could look for bar stools online Australia.

Buying and choosing the right bar stool for your space shouldn’t be so intimidating by following the simple guidelines written in this guide, and don’t forget if your ever unsure on what size your bar stool should follow the rule of thumb of 22-33cm gap between bar stool and surface counter.