By Destanee Lapierre. Bar Stools. Published at Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 - 09:47:25 AM.
One of the most popular designs of plastic stools are those stools that look a bit like a soft boiled egg cup or ice cream cone. People who have purchased them claim they are extremely comfortable as well. Plastic stools are often the ideal choice for people with small children as the traces of sticky hands and spills clean up extremely easy making taking care of these stools simple and efficient. If you are looking for stools for your home, you might just want to spare a few minutes to see what styles of stools are available in both padded and plastic. You might just be surprised at the variety, style and colors these two types of stools can offer. While not every bar stool will fit every type of décor or individual taste having so many different materials and styles to choose from increases the chances of finding the right one for your home. Padded and plastic stools are just two of the many choices available today.
As for a dollar amount, the average higher-quality bar stool should be in the $199 to $349 range regardless of where you shop. Stools with special features such as tilt-swivel mechanisms, real leather seating, casters or custom heights may cost as much as $400 to $600 each. Some designer hand carved wood stools with multi-step finishes can cost $1,000 to $3,000 each. If your budget allows you, try to upgrade from the RTA bar stools to welded construction. They will last longer, be safer for you and your family, AND should allow you the ability to customize the height, fabric, and finish you want.
Even if you plan to purchase a bar stool that is pre-assembled, ask the salesperson if it is an RTA bar stool. Many retailers will pre-assemble the bar stool and sell it at a perceived ”UNBELIEVABLE PRICE”. Look for bolts holding legs and other parts together. Avoid these bar stools if they are going to be used on a continuing basis. ”Nicer” metal bar stools typically have all-welded frames. The only bolts you may see hold the seat to the swivel mechanism and there may be a few screws holding the seat pad to the metal frame. This type of construction is far more sturdy than ”RTA” stools.
Getting bar stools of the right height is a crucial factor. It will assure you the most convenient and comfortable sitting experience because you will have the optimal leg space between the counter and the stools. To achieve that, first measure the height from the bottom of the counter to the floor. Then deduct 10” to 12” from this number. This will give you the height the stools should have. So, for example, if your counter is 36” in height (which is a standard counter height), you should go for 24”- 26” stools. If you have a counter with a raised eating area, measure the distance from the bottom of the eating surface to the floor and then deduct the 10”- 12” to get the right height for your stools.
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