How to choose the right bar stool

How to choose the right bar stool


Kateřina Šmaková

Today's modern interiors are subject to high demands. Owners of design dwellings choose their furniture with consideration, seeking practicality, efficiency, originality and, last but not least, visual precision down to the smallest detail.

In many cases, this results in choosing pieces of recent developments with multifunctional qualities, but there are also exceptions that surpass decades. For example, bar seating - a timeless, functional solution that "suits" literally every interior. If you have decided to place this stylish element in your home, there is only one question: how to choose the perfect bar stool?

Height in the first place

When choosing a bar stool or chair, you should always be guided by the height of the countertop, bar top or table you want to place the stools next to. A kitchen bar counter or bar table is a relatively conventional option that is still popular and found in many contemporary homes.

The height of bar counters most often ranges from 110 to 115 cm. A classic higher bar counter is thus ideally matched with a bar chair or stool with a seat at a height of 75 cm. 

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A modern option that is becoming increasingly popular is bar seating connected to the kitchen island. The height of the countertop or the island itself usually reaches 91 to 95 cm, so for comfortable seating, it is appropriate to choose lower bar stools with a seating height of 65 cm. 

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Read also the article in which we directly address the topic of picking the appropriate height for bar stools.

Visual character

Another key consideration is the room's overall aesthetic. The bar stool should either fit in well with the interior or stand out as a distinctive landmark, so when planning, you should consider the overall style of the room.

A bar stool with a wooden, plastic or metal base is therefore an option. An alternative is a chair combining several materials. What are the advantages of each design? 

Wood, a symbol of tradition, gives every piece of furniture an unmistakable character and wooden bar stools are no exception. They are timeless, often sturdy, pieces that can be used to spice up literally any interior. The wooden bar stools from &Tradition's In Between collection are highly popular and catch the eye with their unusual lines.

Bar stools

All-plastic bar stools or bar stools with moulded plastic elements usually attract attention with a wide range of coloured shades and often a minimalistic, very pleasant silhouette. One excellent example that combines the aforementioned criteria is the bar stools from Normann Copenhagen's Form series.

Form bar stools

The metal processing stands out especially for its durability, but also for its simple elegance and often very desirable airiness. The Hee Welling bar stools from HAY are a wonderful addition.

HAY bar stools

Comfort according to your taste

If you have chosen the material and colour scheme, many other questions naturally arise. Whether to choose the upholstered version? With or without backrests or armrests? The final decision is entirely up to you. Understandably, if you are planning to have longer sit-downs and long dinners on a regular basis, an upholstered seat is more appropriate. If, on the other hand, you are looking for occasional seating or if the bar stool is more of a design element to add a touch of originality and extravagance to your interior, you don't have to worry about a chair without an upholstered seat.

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The same applies to backrests, armrests and footrests. It's up to you to decide for what purpose and with what frequency the bar area will be used.

What else should you consider?

A few things you can also focus on. To get the answers to stability-related problems, look to the base's design. Also, don't underestimate the dimensions, which can play an important role, especially in small interiors. There are, of course, a number of parameters to look at when choosing a bar stool. Often we tend to cling blindly to just one small detail, but other parameters such as functionality or quality of workmanship are just as important as the look of the bar stool itself. 

Bar stools

Bar seating can be not only an interesting design piece, but also a stylish starting point in the case of a difficult layout. It forms an element that elegantly connects and also subtly separates the different parts of the house.  

Bar stools

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