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Bar Stools – Not Just For the Kitchen Anymore

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by Fran Connors
(Detroit, USA)

Have you looked at bar stools lately and thought, ‘Those would look so great around our kitchen island?” You’re not alone. The day of the plain ole kitchen stool is over. These days there are a plethora of styles available. Choose something with an “Old Italy” flair in a deep, rich oak or something sleek and modern in a polished metal.

Basically, there are two main types of bar stools:

• Metal, with and without back
• Wooden, with and without back
Note: In these two categories, you will find swiveling and non-swiveling styles.

Bar Stool Construction

Metal finishes have gone from plain-looking aluminum to gorgeous pewter, brass or copper. Wood barstool finishes have always been popular but now you can find expensive hand-rubbed cherry wood and luxurious oak finishes just to name a few.

The array of fabrics available will take your breath away. Choose a lovely plaid or crushed velvet fabric. Or perhaps you fancy a lush suede or leather barstool. These can also be found in a wide assortment of attractive colors. Another striking choice for today’s eco-conscious consumer might be to use bamboo, cane or rattan on the seat and/or back. These are durable and yet earth-friendly materials and will give you that rustic bar stool look you’ve been envisioning.

The fact is that there are so many styles and colors available today that you might find this the most challenging part of your purchase… what to buy?

Things to Take Into Consideration When Purchasing Counter Stools

1. Where will they be used?
2. What are the other colors and styles in that room?
3. How much traffic or usage will they be getting?

The most common place you see bar stools is, of course, around akitchen island or bar area. But bar stools are available in a variety of heights nowadays, so you might easily choose to use them around your kitchen or dining room table. If using them around an island or bar, you may only need to purchase two, which can help with the budget.

Choosing just the right style, fabric and finish can be challenging but rewarding. Plus it can give your dining area that special ambiance you’ve been searching for. Of course, if you are simply searching for an inexpensive seating idea for a garage game room, there are a number of terrific discount bar stools available. Bar stools do tend to lend a friendly cheerfulness that can enhance a party or get-together. That’s probably a good theme for your search: make it a fun, family adventure.

Updated: June 15, 2013 — 10:55 am

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