Kitchen Bar Stools Theyre Not Just For Breakfast
The kitchen bar stools in your home may be
among the most used seats in the house. It?s not uncommon to
see a child sitting there doing their homework while mom or dad
is preparing breakfast or dinner. Often, while leaving the "at
work" mode and entering the "at home" mode, the kitchen bar
stool is a convenient place to sit and sort the mail while
having a snack or drink. Good friends will often sit on the bar
stools in the kitchen in order to converse with us better as we
finish getting a meal ready, and then the children will take
over the bar stools as the adults move to the dinning table for
As homes with larger kitchens have become
more and more popular, many homes now have a kitchen/dining
area with overhang counters. Thus the kitchen bar stool has
become increasingly more popular.
There are many designs to choose from. In
fact, there are so many different kinds of kitchen bar stools,
that it can become a challenge to decide which style is best
for you. How tall should they be? Should they have a back?
Should they have arms? Should they swivel? Should your kitchen
bar stools be made of wood, metal, wrought iron, or something
else? The answers to some of these questions are easy to
determine while others are purely choices of
Here are a few tips on selecting the "right"
kitchen bar stools:
As mentioned above, most kitchen bar stools
get a lot of use, and that means a lot of abuse! So you may
want to select stools that are made of materials that can
withstand the inevitable. For kitchen use, avoid stools that
are made from soft woods, this is especially true if the stools
have a back or arms. With the high volume of traffic that many
kitchens get, these stools would get scratched very quickly.
You might consider wrought iron, stainless steel, aluminum,
chrome, or a hard wood.
Generally, it is recommended to allow 12
inches from the top of the stool cushion to the bottom of the
counter or table. If you select kitchen bar stools with arms,
make sure the top of the arms will slide under the table or
counter. The cushions for your stools should be able to handle
regular use. If you choose either leather or vinyl for your
kitchen bar stool cushions, avoid the temptation to get a thin
When choosing kitchen bar stools, think
outside the kitchen. In other words, where else might the
stools be used? Might they be used in the TV or game room on
occasion? If this is something you expect to happen, select a
stool that is light enough to be easily moved. The heavier they
are, the more likely they are to be dragged over your
In our fast paced lives, we don?t often sit
down at the table to eat. Instead of carrying food to the
table, we grab the nearest stool and have a quick bite on our
way out in the morning. We often do the same thing when we are
coming home in the evening, since we often have to turn around
and go back out.
Truly the humble kitchen bar stool isn?t just
for breakfast anymore!
Dewall writes about tips on selecting
kitchen counter and bar stools. To read
more tips from Regina, visit the Bar
Stool Buying Guide.