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How to Buy a Better Barstool (Online)

Historically, a bar stool (or barstool) is a product of the bar – in a chicken-egg kind of comparison the bar definitely came first – and that fact actually plays a part in being able to pick out bar seating you won’t mind sitting in for the length of a ballgame. <strong>Bar Length Matters</strong> The thing with <a title="Bar Stools" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bar-stools_1069.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">bar stools</a> is that they are (or should be) designed to sit closely together in a lateral row along the length of your bar. <em>More</em> stools will not make more <em>room</em> – only more bar can do that. Keep in mind that seat backs and arms will add a little more bulk to each chair, and make sure to give each chair plenty of extra clearance if it’s of the swivel variety. A <a title="Swivel Bar Stools" href="http://www.atgstores.com/products/default.aspx?q=%20Bar%20Stools&amp;atb=attr_swivel=%7cSwivels%7c&amp;tid=1069" target="_blank">swivel bar stool</a> is no fun if you’ve got no room to, you know, swivel it. Don’t be influenced by fairytale factors like odd-even numbers or the “ideal” number of bar stools for a particular size of bar. Check the width of the stools you like and note how many of each kind will comfortably fill the space along your bar. <strong>Bar Height Matters</strong> With bar stools, it’s not just about the sitting; it’s also about the <em>leaning</em>. Your mother may have told you to never put your elbows on the table, but that rule (along with many, many others) does not apply at the bar. Again, you’re going to have to measure your bar. Generally speaking, you want 12 inches between the seat height and the counter height, but here is a handy breakdown of common <a title="Home Bars" href="http://www.atgstores.com/home-bars_1068.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">home bar</a> and counter heights and the chair heights that will accommodate them: <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="319"> <p align="center"><strong>Bar Height</strong></p> </td> <td valign="top" width="319"> <p align="center"><strong>Seat Height</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="319"> <p align="center">35 to 38 inches (Counter)</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="319"> <p align="center">24 to 26 inches</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="319"> <p align="center">40 to 42 inches (Bar)</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="319"> <p align="center">28 to 30 inches</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="319"> <p align="center">45 to 48 inches (Spectator Bar)</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="319"> <p align="center">33 to 34 inches</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <strong>Bar Comfort Matters</strong> Now that you’ve got the measurements you can focus on the fun stuff: <a title="Swiveling Bar Stools" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bar-stools_1069.html?atb=attr_swivel=|swivels|" target="_blank">swivel action</a>, <a title="Bar Stools with Arms" href="http://www.atgstores.com/products/default.aspx?q=%20Bar%20Stools&amp;atb=attr_arms=%7cArm+Chair%7c&amp;tid=1069" target="_blank">arms</a>, seat backs, color, cushions, material and overall design. Of course, you can decide on these things first, but it’s arguably easier to filter for fundamentals like seat height and then add the bells and whistles. We hope this info will help you with your next bar stool purchase.
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