Choosing Barstool & Table Height: Buying Proportional and Comfortable Bar Furniture
Whether you are setting up a home bar, casual dining set, or are looking for seating for a countertop, the stools that you choose will become one of your most important home furnishings. To help you purchase the stools that meet your needs, we have compiled this guide to explain how to decide the stools that work best for you. NOTE: Heights for stool seats are measured differently by each manufacturer. Since there is no industry standard, take the following helpful tips as a general guide that may not apply to your specific product.
First Things First...Measure Your Existing Counter or Table
In order to determine what type of barstool or counterstool you need, measure the table or counter that they are intended to be used with. Measure the distance from the floor to the top of the table. It is recommended to have a 10-12 inch difference between your table top and seat (Ex: a 42" table top works best with a 30" stool.) It is also important to measure the overhang of the table. Tables with a wide overhang may need a certain height stool. For example, it might seem best to purchase a 32" stool for a 42" table, but if there was an overhang of 6", it might be more comfortable to use a 30" stool instead. Once you have these measurements, you are ready to decide what height or type of stool you need.
Get To Know the Bar Stool Lingo
Chairs and bar stools, like other furniture, have industry-specific terms that you'll often see when browsing our site. Knowing what types of stools will match your table or counter height is important before purchasing the perfect product:
Dining Height: Dining Tables are typically around 28"-30" high. Therefore, the dining chairs that match these tables usually have a seat that is 16"-18" high. However, you can also use shorter backless or swivel stools that measure 18" high.
Counter Height: Counter Height Tables are typically around 35"-36" high. Therefore, the counter stools that match these tables are usually in the 24-26" Range. Counter Height furniture is typically used in casual dining setups, pub sets, and home kitchen islands.
Bar Height: Bar Height Tables are typically around 40"-42" in height. Correspondingly, the bar stools are in the 28"-30" range. Bar Height furniture is most commonly used with home bars but can also be found in some pub sets and counter set ups.
Extra-Tall or "Spectator" Height: Extra-Tall tables and bars are typically around 45"-48" high. Therefore, the tall barstools that match these tables are usually in the 32-34" Range. Spectator Height furniture is typically used in commercial settings such as bowling alleys, pool halls, restaurants, and home bars.
Custom Barstools: Furniture Made Your Way
Not every bar and counter will fall within these mentioned standard height ranges, and your own comfort and preferences may not match these previous examples. Luckily, there are options. We carry a number of custom height barstools with a seat heights ranging from 24" to 30" and every measurement in between. We also carry chairs and small stools with a seat height as low as 18"-23" for lower tables. Remember the recommended distance is 10-12 inches from the top of the table to the seat height. Every person is different and therefore what works best will be different. It is important to think about what will meet your individual needs. A taller person may feel more comfortable with a bar height set. A smaller person may select a 32" stool for a 42" bar. The most important thing that you can do before making your purchase is to measure out the sizes of what you would be getting and make sure that it works for you.
Selecting the Perfect Number of Barstools
The last question many people ask is how many stools are enough? Knowing how much room to give each stool is important to creating the perfect bar or table environment. Here are some tips of the trade to allow for enough room in between stools:
Stools ~16"-18" wide: allow for 21"-22" of space
Stools ~19"-22" wide: allow for 24"-25" of space
Swivel Stools or Stools with Arms: allow for even more space
Wicker Buying Guide: What to look for when you buy online
A room furnished with wicker can set a comforting, romantic mood. Enjoy the company of friends and family outdoors at an intimate wicker dining set, or in a cluster of deeply cushioned wicker couches, loveseats, or even a porch swing. We sell wicker furniture from the highest quality manufacturers on the market, and most of our wicker is designed for outdoor use, enduring through season after season of pleasure.
The biggest part of your decision to buy wicker will certainly involve matching the furniture to your patio, home or garden decor. However, investing in an outdoor wicker furniture set is more than a merely aesthetic decision. Knowing a little about the history of wicker, how it is made, and how it should be used and cared for will not only help you choose high quality furniture that is made strong to endure the tests of both time and weather, but will also teach you how to protect and maintain your investment in the future.
What is Wicker?
The word wicker means 'slender, flexible twigs or branches'. Wicker furniture is made from the careful interlacing, weaving, of these pliable canes, willow branches, reeds, synthetic materials, or even spiral twists of paper. The word 'rattan' is often used interchangeably with 'wicker', but actually describes the long tough stems of the rattan palm. The word 'rattan' is also used to describe wickerwork, the characteristic weaving of these stems to make furniture and baskets.
The weaving of rattan or wicker furniture is a traditional craft, related to basket-weaving, first popularized in America during the Victorian era, when concerns about upholstered furniture being unsanitary made the clean lines and smooth surfaces of wicker a more appealing alternative. The allure of wicker skipped a few generations, only to return in a much improved variety of styles.
Today wicker design incorporates function with fashion, transgressing your grandmother's fussy-looking designs, and replacing them with large furniture with comfortable cushions and a large range of colors for both the wicker frames and their upholstery. Colors like chocolate brown, alpine green, burnt reds and warm yellows have replaced the standard cottage white wicker color in many applications. The new styles of wicker appeal to both men and women with wide seats, plush cushions and sturdy, natural sleek and simple lines.
Contemporary wicker furniture styles are offered with a great variety of nature-inspired prints, including very popular tropical toiles and botanicals. The cottage garden party look of Grandma's chintz can be updated by adding striped throw pillows, or pillows and accents with other simplified, complementary patterns and colors. Using earth-toned colors, like olive, lime, sage, marigold, lemon, amber, and even a soothing sky blue helps expand your patio space and decor by including the palette of the outdoors.
Use a neutral color palette of taupes, grays, sand, terra cotta, and grass green to provide an even more outdoorsy feel. Green is a very versatile color, blending well with dark and warm toned wickers. Adding nature-inspired accent furniture in materials like stone or linens also helps to create hints of the outdoors inside.
Or, use splashes of vibrant colors to brighten up your patio or porch. Our wicker is also available with bright, fun colors and prints that add instant cheer to your outdoor decor.
Wicker works well with upholstery, polished wood, and wrought iron. Wherever you use it, wicker adjusts to the room and makes itself at home.
Outdoor wicker is made to be more durable than indoor wicker. Since reeds and canes can mildew or rot when left outside, natural materials such as these are protected with resin coatings or paints. Some outdoor wicker is made from strong paper fibers twisted around metal wire for strength. These cords are then coated and treated with paints and treatments that seal the fibers, thus ensuring their longevity. Wicker does age over time, but with proper precautions and by positioning your wicker in more sheltered areas like covered patios and gazebos, you can decrease the chance of wear.
Resin and plastic have now been perfected to look like reeds, cane and rattan, and can withstand bad weather conditions including rain and snow. The durability of these materials and the ease with which they can be cared for have allowed wicker furniture to earn a permanent spot outdoors. Bringing them in during the winter is still good for maintaining the quality of finishes and cleanliness; just hose them down in the spring to prepare them for a summer of use.
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