Choosing Between Stationary and Swivel Bar Stools

18th July 2018

Stationary vs swivel bar stools: how to choose

Choosing a new item of furniture is never an easy task. After all, it's a big investment and you'll want it to last for (hopefully) a very long time. Furniture is exciting to browse and purchase but it can also be very frustrating when you can't make a decision. If you're in the market for a new bar stool (or four), you might become stumped at choosing between stationary and swivel. In this blog post, we're going to run through the pros and cons of each type. Hopefully, you'll feel like your heads a little clearer by the end!

The pros and cons of stationary bar stools

First things first, let's get clear things up. A stationary bar stool is one that cannot move. It doesn't have an adjustable height mechanism so it remains aligned with the other stools. Of course, the enormous benefit to this is that it always looks neat and uniform. If you're someone who appreciates things being in order and looking tidy then stationary bar stools could be for you! Our fixed height bar stools come in a wide variety of styles that are all absolutely exquisite and super stylish. These types of bar stool are so fashionable because they don't need a gas lift mechanism or a swivel mechanism. This means that we can put more thought into the overall look and design. And that's another huge pro of stationary stools! Because no-one can 'swivel' around on them, there's less chance of the surrounding walls and counters becoming damaged from repetitive movement of the stool. Unfortunately, this can happen when we have little ones running about!

However, they do have a con. It may be harder for you to access your breakfast bar if you can't easily turn the seat around. Therefore, you may need to create more space for friends and family to easily slide onto the bar stool under the counter.

The pros and cons of swivel bar stools

On the other side of things, we've got swivel bar stools - a completely different kettle of fish. Swivel bar stools can come in two variations: fixed height and adjustable height. But the main thing uniting the swivel bar stools is their 360 mechanism that allows the seat to turn all the way around. Of course, one of the main pros to these bar stools is that they are fun to sit and hang out on! However, as we mentioned before, this can also be a con. Children (and adults) might have too much fun and end up damaging the wall if the stools are located close to one. The constant repetition of the bar stool bashing into a wall can cause marks and physical damage. However, swivel bar stools are a lot more flexible in that if you buy an adjustable height one, many members of the family will easily be able to sit comfortably at the breakfast bar.

Fixed height swivel stools don't have this con but they then have the advantage of looking neat and tidy without an unsightly gas lift mechanism. Realistically, it all depends on your family's needs, house layout and personal style preferences.

What do you prefer?

Swivel or stationary bar stools: which one would you go for? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments and any experiences you have of either type. As always, let us know what you think!


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