By Boyce Stephan. Bar Stools. Published at Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 - 10:53:07 AM.
You can purchase stools just about anywhere at any price. Many of the major ”Big Box” stores offer different styles and heights at very competitive prices. They typically are ready to assemble and have few, if any options. Many full service furniture stores will offer bar stools that match popular furniture groups however may not sell them apart from high-top dining groups. If they do not offer stools by themselves, you should consider looking for a specialty store.
If you decide to cover your bar stool with leather, keep in mind that leather is a natural product made from the skin of cattle. As such, there will be variations in color and texture just as there are variations in texture and color of your own skin. Generally, the more expensive the leather, the more of these imperfections you will see. The ”Cheaper” leathers used in furniture are often ”corrected” leather. Corrected leathers are treated, sanded and dyed to remove these imperfections. Many are even stamped with a simulated grain pattern. Corrected leathers will most often match very closely from one piece to the next and may actually look more artificial than many vinyls! Consider it a unique trait if you happen to get a barbed wire scratch mark or even a ”brand” mark. Many people pay extra for these imperfections that prove the authenticity of their leather.
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.
Before you decide on any other elements, determine what height of pub stools you need by measuring the height of your bar, kitchen countertop, desk, or other piece of furniture in question. Once seat height is determined, you can then decide on other desired factors, such as backs vs. no backs, arms vs. no arms, wooden or metal, swivel or stationary, and upholstery or padding vs. solid wooden or metal seats. Your bar stool height is most important for comfort and practical usability, whereas other factors primarily focus not only on comfort, but aesthetic qualities, also.
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