BAR STOOL BUYING GUIDE
Bar Stools are perfect for keeping guests comfortable and adding additional seating for extra friends and family. Selecting the right type for your space is essential. Sling, cast aluminum, tubular aluminum and all-weather wicker are just a few of the frame materials currently available. What makes each one unique? How do you choose from such a wide variety of styles, sizes, fabrics and functions? Watch and learn how to find the perfect bar stool for your space.
Selecting the Frame Material
Sling, cast aluminum, tubular aluminum all-weather wicker are just a few of the frame materials found these days. What makes each one unique? How do you choose?
Let's start with choosing a material:
- Sling Patio Furniture - refers to the fabric that is used to create the seat. Sling is perfect for poolside, and is very easy to maintain. Sling frames are typically tubular aluminum and are lightweight enough to move around easily. Styling can range from clean and simple to more detailed and ornate.
- Cast Aluminum Patio Furniture - refers to the process that is used to create the frame materials which enables the frame to have beautiful intricate details and design elements. Cast aluminum frames are typically a little heavier and are great in outdoor areas that may be exposed to wind. It is also perfect for withstanding the elements as aluminum is rust-resistant.
- Tubular Aluminum Patio Furniture is the most common material used for outdoor patio bar stools. It is lightweight, easy to move around, and offers many style options. Tubular aluminum bar stool material options typically include a cushion or sling fabric. Tubular aluminum is also perfect for standing up against outdoor elements.
- All Weather Wicker Patio Furniture - Natural wicker has been a mainstay in furniture construction for many years. While natural wicker is beautiful and timeless, it must remain in sheltered areas such as sunrooms or even indoors. All Weather Wicker material was developed to bring the beauty outside where it can be enjoyed in any location. The all-weather wicker strands mimic natural wicker but are UV resistant so they won't crack or fade in the sun. Most all-weather wicker bar stools are wrapped around a tubular aluminum frame to further enhance the ability to withstand the elements.
- Wood Patio Furniture - Teak, mahogany, eucalyptus are all woods that can be found in outdoor patio furniture. Each has their own unique characteristics in grain and color but are all naturally resistant against rotting or insects, and will give you many years of enjoyment. Wood furniture will require a little more upkeep than any other frame materials if you want to keep the natural color and finish. Without treatment, it can be left natural and it will age gracefully usually turning to a soft gray finish.
- Wrought Iron Patio Furniture - Wrought Iron has been around for almost as long as wicker. It is usually the heaviest of all frames and because it is made from steel. It can experience rust if the frame is deeply scratched. Most manufacturers use a highly durable powder-coat finish on the steel to protect the frame from rusting.
Determining the Height
Bar Stools and Counter Stools are available in varying heights. How do you know what size bar stool to choose?
Two quick measurements can answer that question:
- Counter Height - Measure from the floor up to the bottom of the counter or bar and then subtract roughly 12 inches to insure that your guests will have plenty of room for their knees. If the measurement is between 23 to 28 inches, you will need a Counter Height bar stool.
- Bar Height - Measure from the floor up to the bottom of the counter or bar and then subtract roughly 12 inches to insure that your guests will have plenty of room for their knees.Anything between 29 to 32 inches will be considered to be Bar Height.
- Arm Height - Be sure and consider the arm height of the bar stool as well. Make sure the measurement from the floor to the top of the arm will not be touching the bar or counter top and has enough room to comfortably rest your arm. If the space is close, you may want to consider an Armless Bar Stool bar stool or even one without a Backless Bar Stool so that it will slide up as close as possible to the bar when not in use.
Choosing a bar stool with a Swivel function makes it easier to enter and exit the bar stool.
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