Eulalie Dupuy Bar Stools February 02, 2018 23:13:33
What all these stools have in common is that they are made of wood. Back in the times of wild west metal was not as prevalent as it is today and the cowboys had to make do with the materials that were more readily accessible in particular wood. So the cowboys had to master the art of woodworking to create these stools. The other materials the cowboys had available were natural leathers either coming from caught wild animals but more commonly from the cows that were slaughtered for their meat.
Wooden western bar stools would then be upholstered with that cowhide leather using metal round top tacks which would provide a look of a western bar stool strongly resembling a horse saddle. Sometimes a saddle horn would be added to one side of the bar seat to complete such horse saddle bar stool.
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.
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?)
30" bar stools are commonly used for a raised eating surface in the 40 to 42 inch height range. Many homes and apartments today are built with a standard 36" high counter then have a back splash and raised eating area. In most circumstances if the eating area is HIGHER than your standard kitchen counter you will need a 30" stool.
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.