Stools are easy updates for bar areas and kitchen spaces. They can range from simple and economical to extreme sophistication with a price. New seating can make a big difference in any space, but it should be a good fit without grabbing all the attention. There are a few things to take into consideration before heading out on that next shopping trip.
Pros and Cons of Backless Stools
These are the ultimate space-savers. At counter height, they can tuck under the ledge at a kitchen island. In wood, metal or plastic, they can come with round, square or rectangular seats that swivel or are stationary. Bar heights are also popular and they work well around taller pub tables. Again, because of their compact profile, they’re excellent for nooks and other areas where you need room to maneuver.
Counter and Bar Stools with Backs
If you plan to sit for any length of time, you’ll appreciate the increased comfort that stools with backs offer. With backs only, they can still save space, but when you add seating with arms, then you’ll need more room to place fewer chairs. These are still the preferred choice for extended entertaining with styles that include sleek acrylics, comfy lounge styles and more refined traditionals.
Counter height stools are gaining popularity in pairings with gathering tables. These are replacing the family dining ensemble and becoming a spot for casual entertaining. Used for both meals and for games or gathering around for drinks, they’re both trendy and functional.
In our combined living, kitchen and dining space, we have wrought iron stools with backs and arms. They contribute to the open “great room” look and are a terrific fit at the raised bar that fronts the sink and counter space behind. With a little planning and know-how, it’s easy to find complementing pieces for any spot.
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