Darchelle Vasseur Bar Stools March 02, 2018 23:23:59
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.
When you are looking for a saddle bar stool or saddle counter stool as your kitchen bar stools or if you own a Western style restaurant or bar and would like to recreate the feeling of the bygone era of the Wild Wild West there is one thing you can do to get into this feel - get a set of western bar stools and in particular saddle bar stools.
Fabrics: Both wood and metal bar stools may have countless fabrics to choose from. Look for high quality fabrics that complement your home`s decor as well as a fabric that works well with the finish you have selected AND the style of the bar stool. An "Antique Tapestry" is a beautiful fabric but NOT on a silver modernized frame! Synthetic suede fabrics are very durable and easy to clean. They simulate the look and feel of suede but are far more easy to care for than cotton or other natural coverings. Some manufacturers offer the ability to use your own fabric. These are commonly referred to as "COM" or "Customer`s Own Material." If you choose to use your own fabric make sure it is an upholstery grade fabric and check with your salesperson to see how much material will be needed for each stool. Stools with backs generally require 2 yards per stool whereas backless or metal back stools generally require 1 yard per stool. If your fabric has a repeating pattern that you want to match it may be necessary to provide more fabric so the factory can match the placement of a design from one stool to the other.
Leather: Most "Leather" that you will find in your bar stool search is actually fabric-backed vinyl. Due to the extra time and cost required for real leather seating the price of the bar stool will generally be $50 to $150 MORE than a comparable vinyl but will last much longer and feel much better due to its ability to "Breathe". Vinyl is prone to tearing cracking and warping more so than fabric or leather. Synthetic suede fabrics are a much better option if this is a concern. Sun dry air excessive heat and cold as well as exposure to certain chemicals or cleaners can also destroy vinyl.
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.
Metal bar stools which are welded at all joints are far less prone to these problems. In addition many companies have dozens of finishes fabrics and options available for a given style. For example you may like a stool that is shown on our retail floor as a stationary (non swivel) stool with arms. In many cases you can custom order the same style as a swivel armless swivel with arms stationary without arms or even a backless.