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Understanding the bar stool

If you're here, you're probably thinking about adding some bar stools to your kitchen counter, or bar space. Naturally, you have a lot of questions, because you don't need the ones found at restaurants, but you also don't need something that doesn't look good. It's a good thing Kohl's has you covered.

You see, the bar stool is something special. It's not just a chair, and it's not just some little stool. It's got some serious oomph behind it. When you're choosing your next bar stool, there's a few things to keep in mind about its size, shape, and function. You have swivel, metal, wood, outdoor, and counter stools to choose from.

You'll need to consider a few things as you make your choice. How tall are your counters? You should leave about 10-12 inches between the counter and the seat of the stool to maximize comfort. Another thing to consider is the width of the counter, as it will dictate the style you pick up and how many. If it's shorter, consider that you need to leave extra space for a swiveling stool.

Matching your stool with your decor

Which stools you choose will largely come down to the aesthetics of your home or bar. If you're going for something more rustic, you're going to want to consider a wooden stool, or one that has a more weathered texture. There's no rules saying that you can't break the vibe you've set with you decor, but you should always give your bar stools a chance to shine. Especially when your carefully crafted decors often come down to the details.

For something modern or even industrial, consider going metal or with something without frills as they will help finish off the space with just the right touch of utilitarian. Depending on the colors used in your decor, consider something dark to further the contrast of the other colors being used. This way, your stools can serve their function without being distracting to the rest of the overall feel you're trying to convey.

On the flipside, there are many metal stools that have a more decorative tilt to them. Larger, sturdier, and far less utilitarian, they also have a place in more rustic, or even vintage style decors. If you need to go even further back in time, you can find stools with a modern Victorian design, with curved feet and a more tactile approach.

Let's think a little bigger. If you have a bar on your patio for lovely summer evenings, you'll definitely want to invest in a great set of outdoor bar stools. With these you have a few choices in materials. If you want something a little more weather-proof pick up a wicker set of stools. They'll give your deck a lovely down-home vibe that you simply shouldn't pass up. Along with the wicker chairs you can also find some wooden and metal seats if you're looking for something sturdier.

Swivel stools are definitely a favorite and all the rage. Many stools in the selection are non-swivel. This makes them a great choice for stability and a controlled flow. However, there's never enough swivel stools in the world, and if you're looking to spin up your decor, the answer is right in front of you.

Earlier, it was mentioned that you should leave extra space between swivel chairs. This is to keep them from smacking into each other, and giving your guests some extra elbow room! The other thing about swivels to keep in mind is that they have a variety of chic and unique designs. You won't have to worry about picking from a meager pool, because there's a stool for almost every conceivable decor vibe.

Sometimes, a bar stool is just a little too tall for what you've got going on in your kitchen. When it comes to that, don't forget that there are counter stools for low-to-the-ground set ups! These are available in every classification that bar stools are.

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