Bar stools make up a dynamic and diverse range of furniture, being pivotal in the success of many breakfast bars. The most popular are gas lift stools and it is easy to see why; they can swivel 360 degrees as well as providing variable height, allowing you to tailor the stools to individual occupants and locations. This makes them very easy to access, whether at a table or counter, and makes them perfect for both younger and older people.
They are also very hard wearing and easy to clean, whether faux leather, ABS resin or wood; standing them in good stead in such boisterous and animated locations such as kitchen bars. Should anything be spilled on them, they can simply be wiped with a damp cloth to restore them to their former glory. Being low maintenance, you can simply sit back and relax without having to worry constantly about the upkeep of your stools.
Many modern styles are available in a brushed stainless steel finish that matches contemporary appliances and fittings, meticulously hand worked into a subtle lined surface. These are very popular but the evergreen choice is chrome plating. This has a smooth, robust finish that is very resistant to dust and scratches, with a mirrored surface that works amongst any decor, simply blending in with its surroundings.
These metal frames are perfect for new-age interior design, nestled around an island, and even have a touch of retro flair harking back to the days of American roadside cafes. There are further traditional styles, with solid wood in oak and walnut finishes among others, giving a natural touch and showcasing the fine grain and character, ideal for more rustic decor.
Such desirable properties also make stools ideal outside of the kitchen, undertaking various roles in the house. They are ideal when placed in a study or bureau, with sumptuous padded seats that provide a real alternative to bulky office chairs; being much more compact but still cosseting your body for comfort even after extended periods of use. Thanks to the variable hydraulic mechanism, you can adjust them for odd heights that are often associated with specialist computer tables and desks, helping you find an ergonomic seating position.
Swivel stools are superb at vanity tables, giving you a look at all angles and helping you to maintain that all important appearance. They also make fabulous companions in any workshop, with compact and light stools easy to move around but showcasing wide, circular bases that ensure stability and rigidity on any type of flooring. If you want a bit more mobility however, you can find stools with roller wheels; nylon casters akin to those on office chairs that glide effortlessly over all surfaces.
You can also find low stools, which can be dropped to heights of around 50cm, the same as dining chairs. They can then be used in conjunction with a dining table, with a group of them nestled around for a unique take on the fashionable dining room.