Are you planning your kitchen and do not know how to organize the space? Are you considering a kitchen bar counter and barstools? It is ideal for quick, casual meals and easy to keep clean.
High barstools with long slender legs, a bar counter with a worktop behind, which is usually equipped with a hob – it is more and more common to see a bar counter and barstools in the kitchens, and they are mostly used for quick breakfasts.
The bar is also ideal for seating of guests, who can make us company, while we are finishing the food preparation. And while sipping an aperitif, the guests can watch from the high stool, what kind of speciality we are preparing for them.
The Correct Height Of The Bar
The kitchen counter is usually connected with the worktop, so they both should have the same height of about 85-90 cm (35 in). If you want to make it higher, the difference between the bar counter and the worktop should surpass 10 cm (4 in), so that serving was easy and comfortable.
The barstools must have footing and the seats should be about 20 cm (8 in) lower than the bar counter. The barstools must be comfortable because sitting on them is more strenuous than sitting on conventional chairs.
A Fashionable Addition Or A Practical Use?
The bar counters and barstools must match the dimensions and functions of kitchen bars: the counters are narrower than a usual table and the stools, although used for sitting, should not interfere with the everyday traffic. That is the reason for the high legs: whether you want to sit down at the bar or to leave it, you do not have to push the stool, but only slide down from it.
When considering the bar counter in your kitchen, you should make sure, whether it is the only place to dine or whether it is merely one of several seating options. The dining counters with stools are mostly chosen into the kitchens of single people or families with bigger children. It is also often the only option in very small kitchens, wherein a classic dining table would not fit and a folding table is not suitable.
The Barstool Characteristics
In general, a kitchen chair and stools should be lightweight, strong and stable. The spread of bar seating in residential interiors requires more interesting design of the stools specifically, as well as a wider variety of colours and materials. A tripod may be practical in this case, too, although it may not seem so at first sight.
The barstool frame is usually made of aluminium or steel profiles or tubing and the seats are made of various kinds of mould plastic; they may be wooden or upholstered and they are mostly fitted with low backrests. The seats made of stained bent plywood, the chairs made of rattan or exotic woods are interesting, too. The extravagant up-to date hit are stools made of acrylic glass which brighten the interior and despite their visual subtlety, they are strong and durable enough.
A chair with an interesting shape or material can become the dominant feature of the interior. But when choosing it, keep in mind, that the chair is primarily used for sitting, so the comfort is first. When you want to buy one, try to sit on it for a while.