Bar Stools A Buyers Guide

Bar Stools a​ Buyers Guide
Pub stools-Take note of​ the height of​ your bar counter
Although the above statement may seem like common sense I​ have, on many occasions, been in​ bars and pubs where the bar stool was the wrong size for the bar or​ table at​ which I​ sat.
Many proprieters spend a​ lot of​ time and energy on the look and feel of​ the bar's environment but fail to​ look seriously at​ how comfortable the customers will be when seated.
For instance if​ you have a​ bar counter that is​ 46 then the most appropriate stool would be 34 .​
a​ quick rule-of-thumb is​ to​ have a​ 9-13 gap between the seat and the counter .​
This will give a​ very comfortable experience to​ the customer and have the average person in​ an​ ideal position at​ the bar.
For a​ traditional pub or​ tavern with a​ 46 bar counter I​ would recommend a​ high-back wood style 34 stool with a​ foot rest .​
This would provide maximum comfort with that added authentic look and feel.
Cafe stools
For a​ cafe it​ is​ always best to​ have metal stools or​ chairs as​ opposed to​ plastic .​
Plastic has a​ cheap look and feel to​ it​ whereas metal lends to​ both modern and traditional eating environments.
They come in​ many different styles and designs and can produce a​ real european flavour to​ any dining area.
In addition metal stools or​ chairs can be used both inside and in​ an​ outside seated area .​
I​ have been in​ expensive coffee houses where the exterior eating area has mirrored the inside and this allows you to​ enjoy the feel of​ the inside environment while enjoying the sun.
Cocktail stools
For those of​ you interested in​ the more up-market approach, a​ stainless steel or​ aluminium stool, with a​ circular ringed footrest, is​ a​ must for all cocktail bar lovers .​
These bar stools blend into almost any surroundings .​
With a​ young clientele, as​ the main customer base, this envirnoment can be fast paced and the seating arrangements can change over the space of​ a​ night.
In such situations, when bartenders often need to​ alter the pub arrangements in​ order to​ facilitate customer requirements, it​ is​ essential to​ have both a​ light-weight and durable stool.
The aluminium bar stool is​ ideal for such a​ task, as​ is​ lightweight stainless steel .​
These stools are not only remarkably light and therefore easy to​ maneuver, in​ compact environments, but they are also exceptionally durable, easy to​ clean and can be found at​ very reasonable prices.
Lounges are traditionally used for recreational socialising with friends and establishments tend to​ create a​ relaxed atmosphere which allows easy conversation .​
With this in​ mind the seating arrangements should reflect this and it​ is​ therefore crucial to​ think of​ the comfort of​ the customer.
Upholstered stools and chairs are essential for creating the correct ambiance and level of​ comfort to​ meet the customer requirements .​
Even if​ the environment reflects a​ more traditional feel, as​ do some Irish bars, wooden stools with padded seats in​ no way detract from the feel of​ the surroundings.
Small stools
As well as​ the standard 36 bar stool, which is​ the average height for an​ average bar counter, all bars from local taverns to​ up-market cocktail lounges have additional seating areas .​
Obviously, the standard size of​ bar stool would be inappropriate for such a​ bar table or​ lounge area.
Therefore proprieters should always have a​ stock of​ smaller stools for the lounge and seated area in​ the public bar .​
Usually, in​ most cases, only a​ 20 stool would be required to​ meet the comfortable table height .​
a​ good rule-rule-thumb for a​ table stool would be to​ give aproximately 6 between the seat and table surface.
Kitchen stools
Whether its a​ modern breakfast bar you have or​ a​ traditional pine table, kitchen stools can be ideal for your seating requirements .​
Traditional chairs or​ bar stools like those pictured below can give that warm feeling that you had whenever you where in​ your mama's kitchen .​
Alternatively a​ metal, chrome or​ aluminium look can add sleek and sophistication to​ any modern kitchen.
As with the pub stools the height of​ the counter should be considered prior to​ purchasing any stools or​ chairs .​
The standard breakfast bar is​ usually 36 which would suggest that you use a​ 30 stool.
When considering a​ breakfast bar the rule-of-thumb is​ to​ have a​ 6-10 gap between the counter and the seat to​ derive maximum comfort .​
However, if​ you have traditional seating arrangements around a​ table leave a​ 6 gap.

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