By Blondelle Marchand. Bar Stools. Published at Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 - 12:53:06 PM.
You can buy a bar stool for as little as $9. Typically bar stools less than $100 are ”RTA” or ”Ready to Assemble”. This means that the bar stool must be bolted together by the customer. Using as many as FIFTY (yes, I once sold a stool that required 50 bolts) bolts, legs must be attached, seats must be attached, arms, back, seat frame, etc. Every bolt used to assemble a bar stool is a potential problem. Everyday use will loosen bolts over time resulting in a potentially dangerous situation if you do not periodically check the tightness of all the bolts. Even worse, many RTA stools use thin-walled metal with no additional support for the bolt’s threads to grasp. I have seen hundreds of these lower quality stools that will easily strip threads simply by being assembled. Additionally, lower priced stools are typically sold one way: one color, one fabric, no options.
Upholstery – There are a number of upholstery options and styles available for bar stools with the main choices being wood, plastic/acrylic, fabric, leather, and vinyl. When trying to figure out which upholstery will work best for your home the best place to start looking is your kitchen or bar area to determine which will go best. If your kitchen or bar area already has a pre-existing modern vibe opt for something a little more edgy such as modern plastic/acrylic stools that are often available in a variety of fun modern colors to choose from. If you take pride in your kitchen’s wood workmanship you can easily accentuate this with wood bar stools that come in a number of different finishes to match your cabinets or counters. We all love kids, but know that they are prone to spills and stains on our furniture. If you have kids in your house stick with a material that can be easily cleaned such as vinyl. If you are opting more for comfort and will be using your stools for extended seating fabric upholstery is always a safe bet for a comfortable sitting experience.
There are so many different designs of stools to choose from, you can have stools with arms, without arms, low back, high back, padded and unpadded. You can combine one design with another and have a totally different stool, the possibilities are endless. You can spend serious amounts of time trying to decide on the right stool for you, and once you have you will love it. Padded bar stools are very popular, as wooden or chrome bar stools do tend to get a bit uncomfortable if sat on for any length of time, and many people prefer arm rests on the stools. Depending on the environment is if you have the bar with backs or not, traditional looking stools will have back rests, where as contemporary stools will tend to be designed back less. It is of course totally your choice, and if you want a contemporary stool which is padded, with arm rests and a back, then that is what you can have.
You should ensure that the stools are made with a solid piece of oak wood and poplar or gum is not mixed with the wood. Sometimes, more pieces of wood are laminated together and this makes the stools more vulnerable and they will be affected by varying temperatures. This may cause warping and cracking. Especially, if the stools are kept in the kitchen, due to the heat in the kitchen surroundings, warp and distortion in shape may take place. This is because the glue used for putting the laminates together will get affected by the heat of the kitchen.
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