A Guide to the Various Types of Restaurant Bar Stools

Restaurant Bar Stool manufactured by Richardson Seating

Next to the food and drink, your bar stools are the most important aspect to consider when furnishing your restaurant.

Finding the right restaurant bar stools can be challenging, you want to make sure they're comfortable, last a long time, and don't break the bank, that's why we wrote this guide.

Keep reading to learn about the various types of restaurant bar stools and which one is right for your restaurant.

With Backs or Backless?

Are you looking for your customers to sit and stay for a long time, or are you trying to get them in and out as quickly as possible? Some experts say a more comfortable chair, such as one with a wider seat or comfy back keeps your customers sitting longer and spending more money

Whether you decide to have a chair with or without a back depends on your specific restaurant and what you need. If you need to turn over the seats at the bar quickly then choose a seat without a back. However, if you're trying to keep your customers there for hours at a time, choose a more plush seat with a large back they can lean on.

Type of Fabric

There are many types of fabric choices for you to choose from, each coming with their own set of benefits:

  • Leather: Leather chairs are easy to clean, look great, and are usually padded and very comfortable.
  • Metal Bar Stools: These are also easy to clean and give a more garage feel to your restaurant.
  • Plastic: The hard surface makes these easy to clean, but they're a little flimsy and may break easier.
  • Any Fabric: Fabric chairs are comfortable, soft, and look nice, but they do tend to get dirtier and are harder to clean.

Design and Functionality

Once you know the fabric you want to go with, it's time to see how the barstool will function. Are you looking for it to swivel, or do you want customers to sit still? Don't forget to look at the legs of the stool as well, consider getting stools with nice designs compared to just a slick metal.

Some people like to sit with their feet perched up on something, so don't get a chair that will let their feet dangle. Consider the comfortability level of your customers so you can keep them coming back again and again.

The last thing you need to consider is the height of the bar compared to the height of the stool. There needs to be a large enough gap so people can sit without their legs getting smooshed under the bar.

Buy Restaurant Bar Stools Today

Now that you know how to find the right restaurant bar stools for your restaurant, it's time to start shopping. Be sure to start with our signature collection. We specialize in building chairs that last the test of time; we're the right fit for you!

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