It’s hard to pinpoint the detail that makes the Portland stool so interesting. Some would say it’s the swirly shape but other would argue it’s the simplicity of the design and the beauty of solid steel frame. Either way, this black bar stool definitely knows how to stand out, even if the colors may not help.
If kids are in the picture, you’ll definitely want to weigh more heavily those characteristics such as sturdiness (to prevent their accidentally tipping over), durability, and ease of cleaning. Of course, if the bar stools will be used exclusively (or, at least, primarily) by adults, you can afford to safely go with lower backs, more delicate stability, and swivel options.
Versatility is the main characteristic of the Hay About A Stool. This piece of furniture is the result of the collaboration between Hee Welling and Hay. The stool is simple, functional and able to adapt to just about any environment.
Of course, the backrest isn’t the only thing that makes a bar stool comfortable. Its entire design and structure are important. The type you choose has to do with the size of the room, its function and also how often you plan on using the stools. You should focus on the height, material and style of the stool. For example, decide whether you want a swivel system or not and, if you plan on getting a backless design, the seat should be padded and big enough to be comfortable.
Another type is the counter-height stool which is the one we’re more interested in. These stools are smaller than the ones used in bars and restaurants and they’re the best for kitchen islands. They measure between 24” and 27” in height. Then there’s also the bar-height stool which is the same one you see in bars. These can be used for standard built-in bars and have a height of 28” to 33”. The fourth type is the extra tall stool which is somewhere between 33” and 36” tall. In its case the name pretty much speaks for itself.
For a more unusual twist, trumpet-shaped wooden bar stools (and matching bistro-height table) are an option. The shape is enhanced by the footrail that is only on one side which helps keep the profile slim. They’re great for a casual kitchen or bar area.