Eulalie Dupuy Bar Stools January 29, 2018 20:00:17
Bar Stools - The continuous evolution: In the old days bar stools were strictly utilitarian just wooden pieces nailed together to form sturdy seats. There was not much call for aesthetic modifications and life back then was generally plain-looking by today`s standards. If you have seen movies depicting the medieval or Middle Ages then you will be familiar with the rough-hewn appearance of their furniture. They were often unpadded as well so sitting for long periods of time was not an attractive prospect. The Renaissance saw a sudden uprising in the call for beauty and everything became covered with carvings and etchings. These bar stools were no exception and their long legs in particular were made more aesthetically ornate. Padding as part of the seat and not as a separate cushion was also introduced. Not surprisingly not everyone could afford these fancy seats so the simple designs were still common in the seedier bars and public houses. This disparity is important to consider since it has led to the richness of choice that we have today. In the previous century every decade saw changes in popular fashion and aesthetics so public houses changed their appearance regularly. Those periods saw the use of chrome leatherette rotating seats and polyurethane foam. These stools became fixtures around counters literally speaking. Being bolted to the floor their fixed nature prevented them from being used in the inevitable bar brawl. Alcohol seems to often lead to violence of some sort and many a bar has seen destruction at the hands of inebriated patrons. At least the stools would be spared too much damage.
This is a good question. If you ask 10 retailers you`ll get 10 responses. In my opinion wood bar stools are prone to problems not encountered with welded metal bar stools. Due to the soft nature of wood (when compared to steel) screws and joints tend to come loose over time- especially wood with arms. The constant outward stress on the arms can loosen the attachment points resulting in a loose feel. Legs and stretchers (horizontal support bars) can also become loose over time resulting in an unstable and potentially dangerous bar stool. Still there are decorating situations in which only wood will work.