You’d think that buying bar stools would be an easy task but with so many factors to consider, often this isn’t the case. No worries, we’ve put together some top tips to help you navigate the bewildering world of bar stools.
Top Tips for Choosing Bar Stools
Decide on the height – A common mistake with cafe owners when purchasing bar stools is to choose the wrong height. Besides being uncomfortable, they look disproportionate. Our bar stools come in 3 heights:
- Small 46cm – these can be paired with standard height cafe tables
- Medium 66 cm – these are ideal for use with bar counters
- Tall 76 cm – you can use these with our dry bar tables, often called poseur tables
Select your style – Bar stools come in a wide range of shapes and styles. This is why you first need to consider the aesthetics and the level of comfort you want for your space. A few of the most popular choices include:
- Backless – These are one of the most common types of stools used in cafes and are a good option if you want to save space by pushing them beneath a countertop when they’re not in use. The downside is that they aren’t the comfiest, which may prevent customers from staying for long.
- Stools with backs – Bar stools with backs provide more support for customers and are generally more comfortable than backless stools. The downside is that they can’t be pushed beneath a counter and their backrests are highly visible when a customer enters your cafe.
- Swivel stools – Swivel stools are a more sociable option since they allow customers to turn around easily to talk to customers on adjacent stools.
Keep the space – As well as the height of the stools, you also need to be aware of your bar length before making a purchase. The length of your bar will determine how many stools you can fit in. As a rule, you need to allow approximately 60 cm between each stool to prevent people from knocking elbows when they’re eating. To ensure adequate leg room, make sure that the stools sit approximately 22 cm to 30 cm below the underside of the bar counter. This means that customers won’t bump their knees every time they move.
Material – As with buying other furniture, it’s important to choose the right material when buying bar stools. You may be concerned with durability or you may be looking for a particular style. That said, do weigh up all the pros and cons of each type of material (wood, metal, wicker, plastic, combination) before making your choice.
Are you ready to shop?
Now you know what to consider when buying bar stools why not take a look at the extensive collection here at Cafe Solutions. We’re currently holding an end of financial year sale, so there are some great savings to make 😊