The bar stands have long been appreciated as comfortable furniture for home. Their unique ability of space zoning is so important and relevant in the present studios (small apartments), when you are to separate the kitchen, dining and living areas.
Besides, the bar stand will be a fine design idea when the kitchen is so small, that there is not enough space for a full dining table.
Today we would like to draw your attention to the bar stools, invariably accompanying high racks, adjacent the kitchen. We will discuss ideas how correctly choose these stools, in what way they differ from each other, and will give you some advice concerning the quality and materials used.
- Take into account the height of bar stools
You should pay attention to the height of the bar stand. It has to be as convenient to sit at it, as at a usual table, so carefully gauge the distance between the seat and the kitchen floor, to provide yourself with comfortable sitting. There will not be any problems if you choose a stool with adjustable height base. But if you take a model with this feature missing, it may simply be unexploitable.
To calculate the height of the stools you need to measure the distance from the floor to the bottom of the tabletop. So you get the necessary figures. The result should be 25-35 cm. As the experts say, this is the most suitable size.
- Consider the style of the kitchen
If the whole house is done according to the classical canons, it is logical to assume that you need the same classical stools. Most often they are made of wood, upholstered in natural leather or thick textile. The stools usually have four legs, backrests and sometimes even armrests. If you prefer modern materials and your kitchen design is accomplished according to this very idea, you may use any bar stools, you like, except classical. Although, there are a lot of models, but you have to understand that the choice must be narrowed to modern ones here.
- Choose the construction
Now it’s high time to decide how often and how long you will use kitchen bar stools.
Material. When choosing material, please note that some of them – such as acrylic or plastic, for example, have a very stylish look, but they are not strong enough. And if there is a person with weight more than 90 kg in your family, take more durable materials like steel or wood.
Footrest. The presence of a footrest in the bar stool is actually required for a comfortable sitting, so don’t take items without it.
Base (legs). Also pay special attention to the legs, the most durable kitchen models are standing on fours. In case, if there is a big difference in height among your family members, you will need stools with adjustable height base.
Backrests. Specify for what purpose you need stools with backrests and armrests. If you use these items as decorative elements and they are designed for short snacks or breakfasts, you can choose models of any constructions. But when kitchen bar stools and a bar stand answers for a dining table, and most likely, you’ll need a more comfortable place for leisure time – in this case, they must have backrests surely, but armrests – as an option.
Upholstery. When deciding whether you need soft upholstery, ask yourself if the seat will be used frequently. This design is sure to be more pleasant than just solid acrylic or wooden item. Although, some variants will make aficionados of beauty think seriously if they prefer a unique interior or convenience. Here you are to set priorities for yourself.
- Think carefully about the color combination
Start with a construction color – it should be in harmony with other elements in your kitchen. It may be satin, chrome covering in bronze, gold or patinated metal. The same applies to wood and its species.
You are free enough to experiment with the color of seats and upholstery. It is quite possible to connect it with the rest of the fabrics in the house – cushions or lampshade’s color over dining table. Your fantasy and imagination will tell you the right solution. Just before buying, you should look through all the steps mentioned above once again.
- Test for convenience
The main criterion of the choice we left for last. You are to sit for a moment on a pleasing stool. Is it convenient? If yes, buy it without fear. Nothing can be more important than your comfort when choosing kitchen furniture.
These simple tips will help you to approach correctly and seriously to a bar stool selection. Though, this piece of furniture doesn’t have a great size, but it is able to transform radically the impression produced with the design of the room. So if you have any doubts concerning the fact that your kitchen would turn a bit boring or too conservative, make a choice and new bar stools would give you a great opportunity of changing the situation.
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