4 Steps to choosing the right barstool
June 01, 2021
With most kitchen featuring breakfast bars and islands, barstools have quickly become a kitchen essential. Before you kit out your island however, there’s a lot to consider:
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If you have an existing kitchen, we recommend to measure your current table, island, or bar. Choose bar stools that allow for 20-30cm between the bottom of the counter and the top of the bar stool.
Know the length of your home bar or countertop before purchasing bar stools; this measurement will help you determine the number of stools you’ll need for your space. We don’t like rules, however to ensure your guests have plenty of space when dining, every bar stool – similar to dining chairs, should have approximately 50cm – 60cm of space.
Many people purchase a ‘bar’ stool high version as soon as they dress their kitchen counter. Kitchen counters are lower than bar tables and therefore need a lower stool. In case you use the counter simply for some drinks and snacks with friends, a higher stool is not a problem. Only if you want to have a meal, cross your legs and move freely we advise to go for a standard Low barstool- which is the Counter Stool.
Classic Bar Stools
Standard bars are around 100cm high, so bar stools you see in hotels and restaurants are usually 76cm onward.
Adjustable Bar Stools
Adjustable stools are a clever way to overcome these issues and allow for each guest to adjust their preferred seating height. The seating height would allow for 55-80cm.
Make your bar your favourite spot in the house. Do you prefer armrests or do you need it to be backless? Would you like to adjust and swivel or a strong support? Along with considering your needs, find a style that will complement your space and ‘spark joy’ when you use it.
The most common design is the backless four legged barstool: classic, minimal but effective. Perfect if you’re looking to save space and prefer to keep stools hidden beneath your counter. The upright sitting position is great for your back and the fear of falling backwards is usually so strong that you or your kids are extra careful not to fall.
Now we are talking business. A barstool with arms means you like to stay there, talk for ours about how many tomato’s there is in a tube of tomato paste and many other deep conversations. Forza recommends to choose a bar stool with arms that will still slide under a counter top, if space is a worry.
Bar stools can be heavy, so choosing one with a swivel function will stop you bumping into them, instead they will move with you and allow for a playful and softer environment.
Usually we would focus on a design and can get lost in all the options. It might help focusing on the material. Whether you’re looking to match a particular material existing in your home, or for a durable material that can stand up to heavy use, material can add a whole new depth of texture to your interior.
Wood and Leather
Wooden bar stools are a classic option that can fit with nearly any style aesthetic. If you’re looking to use wood bar stools outside, choose denser woods like teak, eucalyptus, and acacia, which are the most weather- and insect repellent woods.
Bar stools made of metal typically have a sleek silhouette, making them especially suited to small spaces and those with more industrial or modern aesthetics.
Rattan and Polypropylene
Rattan and wicker bar stools have a casual, timeless appeal that make them as suited to the kitchen as they are to the sunroom. They’re lightweight enough to move around