The kitchen island. It’s a place where family and friends congregate for fun, food and to talk. It’s the heart of the heart of your home, so it makes sense you’d want it to be as functional and welcoming as possible. Kitchen islands aren’t just for standing around to sneak a spoonful of cookie dough: we also rest here. That’s why we need the best kitchen bar stools are our space.
But how do we know what that is? There are literally thousands of different designs from which to choose! It’s overwhelming. Or, it was overwhelming. You’ve found this article, and in it, your saving grace. Read on to find out how to choose your ideal bar stool to bring comfort, style and function to your kitchen.
1. Consider the Company
Ever try to watch a 4 year old clamour up on a wobbling, backless, slick, spinning barstool? It’s funny, sure, but when the fall inevitably happens and the screaming ensues, it ceases to be a source of amusement. One of the first things you have to consider when you’re buying bar stools for your kitchen is who will be sitting in them. If you have children — especially small children — the simple and stable designs are your best bet. And backs are basically a must and adjustable seats (like the ones on these barstools from 1825 Interiors) are definitely a blessing. Opt for a stool with no spin and that’s made of sturdy stock that won’t easily tip.
Another word to the wise: upholstery — even easy to clean upholstery like vinyl — may seem like a good idea, but if you put a kid with utensils and food on that stool, eventually, something will stain. Something will cut.
On the other hand, if you’re childless or with older children, you can opt for lighter frame bar stools with swivel and a backless design. Go for cushioned upholstery. If your kitchen is most often frequented by (mostly) mature adults, you can definitely pick more finicky designs.
2.Consider the Surroundings
Your kitchen barstool will need to work, stylistically, with the rest of the kitchen. That’s why it’s important to buy with your current (or intended) design in mind. If you have a super contemporary kitchen with clean lines, minimal colour and a metallic edge, a rustic barn board bar stool is going to look out of place, no matter how much you like it. This isn’t to say you can’t find a stool that features some more rustic elements to fit into your contemporary kitchen, but you need to make sure the styles can marry. Otherwise: design disaster.
The minimalist look is definitely trendy, but when you’re perched on a bare metal barstool for a few hours, your rear end can start to protest to even the most coveted interior design. If your kitchen bar stools will be meant to hold court for many hours at a time, consider comfort, first. A wider seat with some cushion is ideal. You’ll also want a back to support the spine. However, if your barstools offer merely a temporary resting place, where you dine and dash or maybe pay a few bills, then a more minimal design could do nicely.
In the grand scheme of interior style, your kitchen barstools are likely not the biggest style choice you’ll make, but they are an important one. Use these tips, and choose the best bar stools for your life, and your lifestyle.