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5 Facts About Bar Stools

As one of the most popular forms of seating in restaurants around the world, bar stools have become a modern day staple in the commercial furniture industry. Whether you are just buying this type of seating for the first time or just looking to learn a little bit more, we have some facts about bar stools that are always good to know!

  • There is a big difference in comfort between bar stools with backs and backless options. While many outsiders to the delicate intricacies of the restaurant environment may assume it is simply a stylistic choice, a bar stool with a back provides more lumbar support for customers. In fact, bar stools offer many different customizations to aid in the overall comfort of guests, such as foot rests for a comfortable leg position, swivel mechanism for an easy entrance and exit, and armrests for added relaxation, among other options.
  • One of the most important facts about bar stools is that they should be of a certain height to make dining comfortable. You should aim for a height of 12 inches shorter than the bar or table. The most generally used height in bar stools tends to be 30 inches because most tables and bar tops are around 42 inches tall. Always do your measurements before shopping to make sure you get the best fit.
  • Not all bar stools are delivered the way you might expect. If you are purchasing commercial bar stools for the first time, it is important to note they may not come already assembled. While you may need to assemble the stool yourself, it is usually a pretty simple activity with guided instructions to help you.
  • Bar stools can be used both indoors and outdoors. While most people think of bar stools as only for bars, they are actually quite versatile and can be used in a variety of settings. Always check with manufacturing specifications before putting them outdoors.
  • Maintenance is essential for many reasons. When it comes to bar stools, you need to routinely check the hardware attaching the seat to the base to ensure proper support. A bar stool that is not supported properly can lead to costly accidents and irreversible damage to the stool.