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1/20/2020

Request for Advice: Bar-Height Barstools

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:26 pm



Do any of you have bar height barstools?

We recently completed a (forced) remodel of sorts and now have a need for barstools for a bar height counter. I’ll spend a lot of time sitting in them so comfort, and a back, are a requirement. I’m looking for stools that are very firm and stable — no tipping over! I’m agnostic about swiveling but if it swivels the footrest should be round.

Any of you have stools that you like?

35 Responses to “Request for Advice: Bar-Height Barstools”

  1. Don’t all speak at once!

    Patterico (115b1f)

  2. I know the feeling, Pat. Nobody answered my questions on the Fikes post.

    norcal (42c8d0)

  3. And sorry, I have no good advice about barstools.

    norcal (42c8d0)

  4. I really really wanted these ‘screw’ style ones from Haverty’s. But no, my wife wanted something a little more traditional. But they’ve held up well for years (also from Haverty’s). I’ve had really good luck with their quality and they aren’t expensive, but unfortunately can’t offer specific advice.

    Sorry your kitchen flooded or caught on fire necessitating the remodel (I have an active imagination).

    Dustin (b8d6d1)

  5. I’ll ask my wife when she gets home.

    The barstools we have are good looking, sturdy, no swivel, I can sit in them for a couple hours, and were relatively inexpensive… until my wife told me they needed to be reupholstered to match other stuff. The original upholstery was fine quality, just not the right match in color, texture or pattern or husband…
    Anyway, the name of the maker went missing during the vital but underappreciated upholstery upgrade.
    When I get an answer that doesn’t trigger another upcharge, I’ll let you know

    steveg (354706)

  6. An old teacher of mine would wait impatiently for one of us to raise our hand…. finally he’d get impatient, look out over the class and say “ummmm hard questions come later..?”

    steveg (354706)

  7. Mr. P, we also did a remodel and had to get some barstools. We bought these from Ikea and are quite happy with them:

    https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/bernhard-bar-stool-with-backrest-chrome-plated-mjuk-golden-brown-60404847/

    Very basic, but comfortable and nice looking.

    Munroe (7de8a8)

  8. We got ours years ago at Target; wood construction, wicker seat, straight back; functional. Like tall chairs. The brother’s wife got theirs at Ikea; leather; swivel, straight back; a tad pricy but decidedly comfortable. Comfort is everything, so the back was essential– as you age, a swivel can have appeal. Miss that. If you’re not picky you might take a look around and find a nice set at a local thrift store at a reasonable price from some folks who left them for a move overseas or such. Chances are they’d be in good shape and well constructed.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  9. I’ll ask my wife when she gets home.

    Heh! A+ for subtlety.

    Sorry, Patterico, we have only ever owned one, for the kitchen counter extension, and it’s wooden, rectangular unpadded flat seat, backless, and non-swivel, and I don’t know where my wife got it from, either. I had no say in the matter.

    nk (dbc370)

  10. “Bar height” is not an exact measure – get adjustable ones. Do you want the classic circular wooden seat, steel frame bar stools? Or comfortable bar-height seating, padded, arms, back? Try http://www.barstooldirect.com – be aware that there’s $60 stools and there’s $600 stools. Go for comfort.

    Jerryskids (702a61)

  11. OK

    She bought them at a consignment store.
    So no help.

    My own take on swivel… do you entertain where you would need to turn one way and then another to engage?
    No?
    If most of what is going on is going to be in front of you then don’t get the swivel. They get annoying

    steveg (354706)

  12. Sorry your kitchen flooded or caught on fire necessitating the remodel (I have an active imagination).

    Flooded is closer to the truth although a touch dramatic. We had a leak that destroyed our flooring and carpeting, and the insurance company came in and gutted the kitchen and wrote us a check to fix it. Seven months later, we had finality. We spent about twice the amount of the check but the changes are fantastic and I see the whole event as a blessing in disguise. The Obstacle Is the Way.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  13. My own take on swivel… do you entertain where you would need to turn one way and then another to engage?

    So as you sit at our counter you are looking out the window at the view, but if you rotate 90 degrees you see the TV. So swiveling would be nice.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  14. I know the feeling, Pat. Nobody answered my questions on the Fikes post.

    I gave my answer just now although my answer was “I dunno” which is not too helpful to you.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  15. Yes, I saw your answer, Pat. Thanks.

    I’m still curious about the name Simon Jester used at Cathy’s World, but I understand that he may not want to disclose it.

    norcal (42c8d0)

  16. the insurance company came in and gutted the kitchen and wrote us a check to fix it.

    I’d like to know the insurance company. I had a similar problem and the insurance company refused to pay since the main problem was mold.

    Kevin M (19357e)

  17. Then the swivel works for you. I usually sit at the end of the bar and have mountain canyon view, low TV, left side view of cooktop and sink.
    All in a 120 degree turn, with more mountains to the right to 180 if I want. My wife sits and faces the view down canyon to the sunset

    If your view goes more than 120 degrees often get the swivel.

    By the way, evidently the husband and the upholstery should complement each other. I’m told it is easier to get nice looking upholstery and just replace the husband with a nice potted plant or something if he continues to clash with the design ethic

    steveg (354706)

  18. If comfort is a prime consideration, you might want to look at drafting stools. The issue with bar stools is that the comfort of the seats is often a secondary consideration.

    John B Boddie (286277)

  19. 1) A barstool that does not swivel is not a barstool.

    2) Kevin…at least around here in Florida, insurance policies have specifically excluded mold damage (and Chinese drywalls) for several years.

    Kishnevi (8b0353)

  20. Yes, I saw your answer, Pat. Thanks.

    I’m still curious about the name Simon Jester used at Cathy’s World, but I understand that he may not want to disclose it.

    Yeah, I saw that was your remaining question, but that’s his to answer if he wishes.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  21. the insurance company came in and gutted the kitchen and wrote us a check to fix it.

    I’d like to know the insurance company. I had a similar problem and the insurance company refused to pay since the main problem was mold.

    We have Farmer’s. The problem was not mold but a leak in a pipe.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  22. Tell them the mold was caused by the leak… or better yet hire an attorney to tell them that.

    steveg (354706)

  23. Ethan Allen. Prixy, but always worth it. Also, get swivel, it makes conversation around a room so much easier.

    Nic (896fdf)

  24. https://roundhillfurniture.com/collections/barstools
    I had clients use this company with success. Stools can get complicated with choices. swivel, arm rests etc.

    mg (8cbc69)

  25. I’m starting to get the vibe from the wife that there was no “consignment store” and that “consignment store” is code for Ethan Allen or something more upscale..
    At this point, I think I’ll stop looking into it….

    steveg (354706)

  26. Kishnevi,

    So did mine, not that CA is like Florida. The mold was apparently the result of water pooling against the house, and getting into the walls, during a series of severe rainstorms circa 2015. But I could never prove it.

    It turns out you cannot replace part of a kitchen.

    Kevin M (19357e)

  27. I pretty much think that you have to sit on the stool to know whether it will work for you.

    Kevin M (19357e)

  28. We got the “Jazz” model from zurifurniture.com and like
    them a lot. They are very cushioned with good back support.
    One nice thing is they are padded enough not to scratch up
    the front of the bar.

    matt d (b5cbe0)

  29. What height for barstools?
    Go to 7 bars tonight. Order a pina colada at each one. Take a measuring tape and a steno pad. Take notes. Disregard the last two bars, you are far to gone. Ask your wife to read your notes. The one she can read is your choice. Likely, it will be the first bar.

    Corky Boyd (47189f)

  30. Bar height is ~30″
    Counter height is ~24″

    Kevin M (19357e)

  31. Rather than the height of the barstool, you should research a comfortable height between the stool seat and the bar surface. A tall bar would require a taller stool. Sounds like you need to visit a number of bars to find a solution.

    Dave (029040)

  32. Dave (029040) — 1/21/2020 @ 4:41 pm

    FYI, this Dave is not me…

    Dave (eb3690)

  33. Pat

    Check Ballards Design online for lovely bar stools. I recently purchased the Dayna bar stools for my remodel and they are sturdy and very comfortable. I didn’t want a swivel just a stool that is super sturdy and comfortable and as a bonus very stylish.

    Sunny (59cf39)


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