Nanette Lelievre Bar Stools April 05, 2018 19:02:33
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.
Some modern style saddle counter stools have their seat shaped in a downward curve resembling the curvature of the saddle. Despite the rectangular shape of the "floor plan" of the seat you will be able to sit on the chair looking forward as if riding and straddling the chair with your legs or you will be able to sit sideways with your legs together and your behind safely seated in the curve of the saddle seat.
When you would like to establish that wild west cowboy feel in your home but you have modern style kitchen furniture and fixtures then you should consider modern style saddle counter stools. They will still be made of wood.
Adjustable height stool - from bar height to counter height: Typical adjustable height counter stool will readily adjust between the counter height of about 24 - 25 inches to 29 - 32 inches or so bar height. This will allow a stool like that to be used at the bar top as well as at the counter top which will add to its choices. While the bar stools and the counter stools are available in both metal or chrome or wood finish an adjustable height stool is usually only available in the chrome finish or a stainless steel finish as these are the only ways the single foot of a stool can be made height adjustable. That single foot contains a pneumatic mechanism that uses compressed air to `lift the seat surface upward and uses the person`s own weight to lower the stool surface downward.
If your horizontal (floor space) is limited you may choose armless. Arms generally add 3 to 6 inches to the overall width of a single bar stool and can add up to 18" in width on just 3 bar stools. (See "How Many Do I Need?)
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.