The bar stool consists of a seat, legs and footrest, it can have a back and armrests. The height of the bar stool can be fixed or adjustable, metal construction stools can be swivel or folding. Products are made of wood, metal, plastic and upholstered. The choice of model depends on the frequency of use, style and size of the room.
Bar stools have GOST standards
The height of the bar counter is determined by the characteristics of the human anatomy. The position in which he sits, the average height of both the sitting and standing bartender is taken into account.
With these factors in mind, a standard bar stool height has evolved over the years:
- For the bartender on the working side, a height of 90 cm is used. At this height, it is most convenient for him to work.
- For the client side, the height varies between 115–135 cm.
GOST defines the ratio of the size of chairs and racks. So, for a surface with a height of 110 cm, a 75 cm chair is anatomically suitable, and for a stand 130 cm from the floor — 85 cm.
Standard dimensions apply to fixed height models equipped with a rigid metal or wood frame. Most often, these are products with 4 legs with a crossbar at some distance from the floor for ease of use.
Correct bar stool sizes
Increasingly, bar tables and stools began to appear in the homes of middle-class people. This has led to a demand for these pieces of furniture. Designers develop models that could satisfy even the most picky buyer.
For private use, the sizes of bar stools, their appearance and even the possibility of saving space during use are individually selected.
The standard height of the product is not always suitable for some people whose height is radically different from the average. In this case, an excellent option is to equip the model with a lifting mechanism. Such products consist of a metal leg, a plastic or wooden seat, and may have soft upholstery. The only drawback of stools may be instability, because they have one leg.
The most reliable for a bar stool is a gas lift swivel-lift mechanism. Its function is to compress the built-in spring under the influence of the valve, the direct pressure on which is exerted by the gas.
When the adjustment button is pressed, the valve releases gas. In addition to its direct function, the mechanism plays the role of a shock absorber. Despite its reliability, the gas lift has a number of limitations in use, such as the weight of a seated person. It does not tolerate low enough temperatures.
The average operating life of a gas lift is 1 year, subject to constant wear, after which there is a risk of failure of the mechanism. Even if the stool looks strong enough, it is better not to change the height while sitting on it.
With a backrest of different heights
If the height of the bar stools is selected according to the standards, then the dimensions of the backrest depend on individual preferences.
If regular and long-term use is expected, it is necessary to ensure the greatest comfort, in which it is possible to lean on and relieve tension from the back.
When choosing a comfortable backrest, you must rely only on sensations. No need to be shy, you should sit down on the stool you like, close your eyes and analyze your condition.
There are models that will help save space — folding. When folded, they can be hidden in fairly narrow niches, on the mezzanine and balcony, in the pantry and even in a closet, and if necessary, get it.
Folding is carried out thanks to rivets between two adjacent legs and a seat that is not fixed on one side. Even a child will answer the question of how to assemble a bar stool. We set the legs to an accessible width, fix the position of the seat in special grooves. We strengthen the product with a crossbar between the legs.
What material to choose
The wide range of materials from which bar stools are made is amazing.
Wood is the most attractive and environmentally friendly material. Chairs made of wood can be both stationary and folding.
Models with a metal frame are highly durable, can be chrome-plated, painted in various colors, have 1, 3 or 4 legs. Most often, they use soft seats and backs, but there are also more budget options with plywood and plastic inserts. Forged pieces of furniture look beautiful in the interior.
Increasingly, chairs with wicker elements made of rattan, wicker or cane are used. The weaving technique provides high performance, but it is better to keep such stools away from high humidity.
Plastic stools are the most affordable in terms of price, while not inferior in quality to their wooden counterparts. At the same time, the range of colors is unlimited. Plastic is a fairly strong material, but may be prone to fading under direct sunlight.
If the choice fell on comfortable models with soft upholstery, it is better for the kitchen to give preference to natural or artificial leather. Plain fabrics get dirty quickly.
How to choose chairs for the style of the interior
Since the bar counter functions as a border between two zones — dining and working, you should choose models of chairs that fit the overall style of the interior and do not stand out against the dominant background.
For a bar counter in a classic kitchen, it would be most appropriate to purchase wooden models of any configuration.
The ultra-modern design of the room implies bright, shiny interior elements, so high-tech and art deco styles are perfectly emphasized by plastic chairs and chrome legs. Depending on the overall concept, they can play the role of a color accent or not stand out at all.
If the kitchen is equipped with an island, it will not work to supplement it with high stools. In this case, it is better to purchase semi-bar chairs for the kitchen, the height of which is 60–70 cm. Models of such pieces of furniture can match any style. The market offers trendy chairs made of metal and plastic or exquisite wood with leather upholstery.