Kitchen is one of the liveliest places in the house and having comfortable seating arrangement there is crucial. But before deciding on a particular model, consider your culinary ambitions, how much time you and your family/friends spend there, as well as your lifestyle. Obviously, the stools for a family of 5 will be quite different from the stools for a New York bachelor living off the Wall Street.
Height and Size
This will be determined by the height of your table, counter or bar. For space optimization, you want to be able to store your stool and whatever small object on it under the table or counter. Comfortable distance between your legs when seated and the top of the table should be more than 25 sm.
The width of the stool will depend on how much space you have near the counter or bar, but don’t forget to allow 10-12 centimetres between the stools. At the same time your elbows must comfortably rest on the counter, otherwise it will be difficult to eat there. Also, keep in mind that every stool has a maximum weight they are made to endure, which should be documented in the certificate.
If your kitchenette is pretty tiny, consider buying folding chairs for your occasional guests in addition to one-two regular stools.
In the everyday life stools turn out to be much more used than the chairs around the dining table due to the fast pace of our daily routines. That’s why they have to be durable and incredibly comfortable.
Sit on the stool for at least 10-15 minutes at the store. Only then you will understand if the size and model fits your body shape. Also consider the stability of the stool, even if you don’t have children in the house – occasional balance loss or sleepiness happens to all of us.
Don’t forget to put some padding on the feet of the stool – this will keep your floors from getting scratched and will eliminate the noises of the stool being moved around.
Experience says that the most comfortable options for seating are carved stools or covered with a soft top, even if soft materials, be it leather or fabric, will require additional care. Back support is very ergonomic, but consider increasing the distance between the stools in this case or go for a model that spins – it will make it easier for you to get in and out of the chair.
If you have children, some of the models have both high and low feet support. Having a back support is a must in this case.
Make sure you do your research online or go into the store and test the stool before you make your purchase. Best Stools is a good online resource on reviews for various different types of stools like lucite bar stools found here: http://www.beststools.com/reviews/best-lucite-bar-stools-2016/
The tricky thing about kitchen stool is the unbelievable variety they come in. So first define the style of your kitchen and only then shop for stools.
The material (wood, plastic or metal) should match your kitchen design. Plastic stools are incredible when it comes to shapes and colours, but they loose their properties over time and tend to get scratched pretty easily. Metal stools require soft padding on top of them – otherwise it might be cold to sit. Such stools are also heavier than their wooden and plastic colleagues, but tend to be more durable.
Stools are a great way to highlight your kitchen island top, for example. For this reason choose a simple model in a tone that matches the surface. However, if your kitchen design is pretty simple itself, make your stools the star choosing bright colours and unusual shapes.
Trendy designer stools look stylish, but will most likely go out of fashion in a year or two. However, this is not necessary a bad thing: if you can afford to change them every so often, stools are the best and one of the cheapest ways to refresh the look of your entire kitchen.