Avoid These Mistakes When Buying Your Next Bar Stool

18th June 2018

Buying a bar stool and mistakes to avoid

We know first hand the excitement of buying new furniture. Particularly, buying a new bar stool or collection of stools is really exciting because it's not the most ordinary of purchases. Buying a dining chair or side table is useful and practical but not necessarily exciting. Bar stools, on the other hand, are your gateway to a buzzing kitchen, ramped-up social life and massive talking point! Having such wonderful seats in your kitchen or home bar can not only seat extra people but also add a layer of informal cool.

So, next time you're about to buy your next bar stool, bear in mind the following mistakes! After all, you want this to be a purchase you'll enjoy for a very long time to come.

Don't go for the cheapest option

It's tempting, when shopping for anything really, to opt for the cheapest option or best deal. This can be a good idea with things like branded household goods and groceries. But when it comes to furniture, you should always put quality first. We're not saying buy an expensive bar stool for the sake of it, but don't just go for the cheapest one to save some pennies! Chances are, you'll end up replacing it further down the line as it won't stand the test of time. This is especially important if you have a lot of parties or have kids and animals that might cause that inevitable damage. Good quality bar stools don't have to be the most expensive but they'll always cost a little more than the budget, breakable versions.

Don't forget to shop around and compare your options

With online shopping accessible from our fingertips, there's no excuse to be clueless when it comes to our options. There are hundreds of results out there just waiting to be discovered - and we're sure you'll find your perfect bar stool somewhere. However, don't just go for the first one you find. Often, this can seem like the easiest route. But if you take a little extra time to shop around, you might find something even more perfect! Price, style, delivery, customer service: these are just some of the factors that you should be considering when looking for new furniture. So get those tabs open and get comparing!

Don't forget to measure your kitchen counter

This is one of the most common mistakes that people make when shopping for bar stools. It's important to remember that stools come in different sizes, much like dining chairs and office chairs. However, bar stools are also much more varied in height more than any other piece of furniture. Read our detailed blog post about the sizes of bar stool available. However, for a quick overview, you'll generally need to pick from counter height, bar height, extra-tall and adjustable height. Make sure you are aware of how tall your kitchen counter or breakfast bar is, and how tall the stool you're about to buy is. You'll regret it if you don't and your new stool doesn't fit under the counter!

Don't choose a style without careful consideration

Now, when you're browsing through the endless pages of our online store or elsewhere, you may be tempted by all the beautiful colours and styles you can see. And we don't blame you! However, make sure you carefully consider which style and colour is going to really look best in your home. For example, there's no point buying a red faux leather bar stool if your kitchen is all country-chic with a neutral colour palette. Think about the overall style of your room and what's going to look the best. We have a massive range of bar stool styles here at Lakeland Furniture, so if you need any inspiration to get you going, check out this blog post.

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