Extra Tall Bar Stools: Finding the Right One for a Split-Level Island
What is great about a split-level island is that you can easily hide dirty dishes behind a counter until you are ready to deal with them. This is especially helpful if you feel too tired to clean up after a night of entertaining. The downside of this type of structure, however, is that the eat-in area could end up too tall than the standard size, rising up to 46 inches or more. This would then require extra tall bar stools that can be quite a challenge to find. Not to worry though as more manufacturers are now beginning to understand the need for really high seats.
Normally though, such stools only ranges in height from 33 to 36 inches, which means you may need to have yours customized in order to suit the height of the eat-in bar. What is great about this option is that you can be very creative in your choice of design. Regardless of the style that you want to adopt though, you must ensure that the stools have the basic features. What are they?
- Backless or not. The choice would depend on what you feel is most comfortable for you. Most homeowners, however, prefer the backless kind as the stools would be easier to store under a counter when not in use. Then again, you can always buy stools with a partial back so you can get the best of both worlds, so to speak.
- Swivel or stationary. The former makes it easier to get on and off the seat, especially when they are installed under the counter. The latter, on the other hand, is more like regular chairs with really long legs. You would need to push and pull them back when getting on and off them.
- Shapes. Extra tall bar stools can be round, square, or rectangular. Other contemporary designs may have irregular shapes but still retains the basic forms when it comes to the seats. As for the base or frame, it can take the same shape as the stool or something different. A round-shaped bar stool, for instance, can have three to four legs, or just one with a sturdy base.
- Materials and finish. Similar to other home furniture pieces, bar stools could be made of a variety of materials too. Vinyl, leather, suede, woven, rush and cloth are just some of the components that can be used for the seats, while wood, chrome, bronze, and brushed nickel for the legs. Stools can be made with one material—from the seat to the legs, or a combination of different components.
Armed with this information, shopping for extra tall stools would be a breeze.