With summer upon us it is time to start thinking about all the entertaining you will be doing in order to enjoy the longer days, balmy nights and overall relaxed lifestyle. Comfortable seating, including bar stools, is a must for those fun indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Stools are one of the most versatile types of seating as they are available in an endless choice of styles and various heights. Here are a few of my favorites.
Bar height stools. A bar top is higher than the standard kitchen countertop; therefore it requires higher seating. Bar stools usually have a 30-31″ seat height, making them comfortable for use at a bar. Styles range from backless to those with a high back or some with a lumbar back. The style you select will be based on your home’s overall design. Prices run the gamut as well. Very affordable options can be found at big box stores like Target, Walmart and Ikea while custom or designer labels will cost you more.
This masculine stool from Williams-Sonoma Home would be the perfect addition to your man’s cave, for example, and the leather seat will be able to withstand wear and tear in a game room.
A more affordable option might be this wood and metal stool from Target. I love the sleek look combined with the warmth of the wood, all at a very affordable $120.
Counter height stools. A counter height stool is used as seating next to an island or countertop. They are generally 24″ in height vs. the standard bar stool height of 30″ and can be tucked underneath a counter or table. The lower height makes them easy to move from one room to another as seating for a meal or as additional seating in the living area when the crowds gather.
This casual backless stool from Pottery Barn will complement most design styles and can easily be moved from room to room.
This swivel seat barstool in red leather is what I use in my own kitchen. The backless style allows them to tuck nicely under my countertop and are a favorite spot for guests to sit and chat while I am preparing dinner.
A popular trend these days is a counter height dining table and chairs. I would caution against purchasing this style for your home unless you have very high ceilings as it will look over-sized and crowded in the average home.
Options. There are many ways you can customize a bar or counter stool to suit your needs. Consider a swivel seat that makes it possible for people to get in and out without moving the stool, possibly scratching your floors! A metal footrest is a nice option to protect your fabric or wood frame from being scratched or stained by shoes and dirty feet. Special motifs can be found to honor almost any hobby, sport, animal etc., making a personal statement in your design.
Add a couple of bar or counter height stools to your furniture inventory and enjoy summer entertaining, knowing you have plenty of seating for everyone!