There's nothing like a good bar stool to make your drinking experience more comfortable and enjoyable. But when you're shopping for one, it can be hard to know what features are important and which ones are superfluous or even harmful. Here are seven things you need to know before buying a barstool.
You don't want your stool to fall apart after only a few months of use. The most enduring materials are metal and wood, but stainless-steel barstools have become more common in recent years and are mostly found in Bar Chairs From China. Metal stools will stand up to the normal wear and tear of a busy restaurant or bar while never tarnishing or rusting out of appearance due to constant cleaning. In addition, they're generally lighter weight than the alternatives thanks to their lack of frames; since you don't need support underneath them, you'll need less support from the actual stool.
You wouldn't think a barstool is weighty, but it can be heavy when made out of metal or wood. If you want something that won't weigh heavily into your field of vision while sitting, look for those materials because they'll become too cumbersome to carry around or lift yourself once seated normally at the table without increasing your weight stool.
You'd be surprised at how much shorter a metal, wood or plastic barstool will feel than one made of leather in the same height range. If you're on average 5' 9" tall and are looking for something sturdy enough to hold up while you sit down - but still close enough so you can easily reach over and grab a water bottle from the table without taking your stool off - metal or plastic will likely be a better fit.
You want the top of the stools to stay in place because you don't want them tipping over as soon it hits one add-on book shelf that's not yours, for example; having to bend down and pick up your drinks after someone else bumps into those books won't end well. If there are adhesive areas, whether it be on the top of leather or round steel bars, those areas will bond well with most surfaces but break quickly when toys begin to interact.
You don't want to constantly replace your barstool because the material it's made out of is starting to wear down. This will increase the cost and inconvenience, but you'll also have a stool that looks older than it is. Look for those materials like metal, wood or plastic that are resistant to weathering and won't need constant upkeep to look good and function properly. If you're resistant to replacements because the look and feel of stools is much more authentic, leather is always a decent choice.
Unless you're a fan of neon or bright colours, steer clear of those types of chairs. They'll clash with most decors and look dated pretty quickly. Stick to neutrals like black, white or wood that will age more gracefully with time but still look modern when guests come over.
Whether you're an older homeowner with motion issues or someone who has friends over frequently and wants to be able to adjust their seating height, make sure they are comfortable. Make sure there are some places to store or hide your bar stool when you aren't using them, especially if it's tall enough that everyone can touch the ground! One of these days, I'll talk about those specific features, so stay tuned for more content on this topic in the future!