Jacqualine Pruvost Bar Stools March 03, 2018 21:50:51
Bar Stools - An old tradition: Bar stools are arguably as old as bars themselves. When someone thought of putting up a relatively tall long table that would serve as a centerpiece for a public house it would not have taken long to think up appropriate seating. The bar is often at elbow height of a standing man of average height for the purposes of making things easier for the bartender who serves while standing and also to draw attention in a room. Its height meant that conventional chairs would leave patrons at chest or chin-height in relation to the bar which is no way to enjoy some food or drink. When bar counters served as focal points for food and drink as they did in the old days one really needed one`s hands at the right height. The obvious solution was to go to the bar counter order food or drink then finish it off while standing up and leave afterwards. This was fine for the utilitarian purpose of public houses but soon people started wanting to hang out for longer. In any case taverns and pubs profited from having customers hang around for more than just a drink or two. Bar stools were invented to provide comfort and in turn generate revenue for the owners. The height meant that the countertop was in easy reach and the narrowness meant one could seat a large number of people at the long counter. Since then going to the pub to meet the locals and congregating at the bar for some drinking have become traditional pastimes. It would probably be unthinkable to imagine a world without the age-old practice of chilling out with the guys or gals for a drink after work while resting one`s feet.
If you like to entertain bar stools are perfect for relaxing in whilst enjoying a sociable drink with friends. You can take your pick from various different styles including simple backless designs with solid or cushioned seats and those with armrests and seatbacks. Upholstered barstools can be covered with hardwearing fabric in your choice of colors and patterns to compliment your existing décor and other furniture. Vinyl and leather bar stools are other popular options to consider.
34" and larger bar stools are used for counters that exceed 42" in height. Please double check your measurements before ordering a 34" seat height. These are common enough for manufacturers to produce them but most customers will need a bar stool in the 24" to 30" range.
Wood Bar Stools: Wood bar stools are typically offered in a few stains or painted colors. Look for chip-resistant finishes and/or stains which are sealed to protect the wood as well as the underlying finish. Look for metal protectors on the foot-rest as any painted or finished wood subject to the wear and tear of people`s feet will wear through over time. Many manufacturers intentionally distress their finishes to provide a used or worn look. Some more expensive wood bar stools feature rich multi-step finishes that can be custom matched to you particular needs.
If you decide to cover your bar stool with leather keep in mind that leather is a natural product made from the skin of cattle. As such there will be variations in color and texture just as there are variations in texture and color of your own skin. Generally the more expensive the leather the more of these imperfections you will see. The "Cheaper" leathers used in furniture are often "corrected" leather. Corrected leathers are treated sanded and dyed to remove these imperfections. Many are even stamped with a simulated grain pattern. Corrected leathers will most often match very closely from one piece to the next and may actually look more artificial than many vinyls! Consider it a unique trait if you happen to get a barbed wire scratch mark or even a "brand" mark. Many people pay extra for these imperfections that prove the authenticity of their leather.
Cowhide is a natural cow leather that has been minimally processed not bleached or colored. It may have been soaked in salt after the cow was skinned and in the tannery it might have been tanned to remove the odors and prevent shedding of hair.