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Modern Stools

When choosing your barstools your going to come across a lot of industry terminology.  Here we have explained all such terms clearly for you


ABS: A class of plastics based on acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymers, typically used for table tops and seats.

Aluminum: A soft and lightweight metal with a dull silvery appearance.

Apron: Trim attached below a bar stool’s seat.

Arrowback: An American variation of the Windsor chair in which the spindles flare outwards.

Auger: A long flexible steel coil used to repair wine openers.

Backless: Bar stools that have no back support.

Bamboo: Hard woody cane stems which are often hollow and jointed for a distinctive look.

Bar: A great way to entertain your guests while also storing your wine bottles and glasses. Bars are available in multiple heights, which are compatible with both counter and bar height stools.

Bar Height: If the stool’s seat height is around 28-30”, this will make them well-suited for bar height tables and bars, which are typically 42” high.

Bar Stool: The seat height is around 28-30”.

Baseball Stitching: Double row accent stitching that resembles the red stitching on a baseball, often used on upholstery.

Beechwood: Wood found in various beech trees, often used for flooring.

Bentwood: Wood that has been steamed until pliable, and then bent into shape.

Beverage Cart: Rolling carts that are often multi-tiered and are intended for serving/storing food and beverages.

Beverage Tray: Stationary trays that are used to serve food and beverages.

Billiard: Special bar stool feature that incorporates cue stick holders, billiard themes, and traditional pool hall style.

Birch: The hard, close-grained wood of various deciduous trees.

Brass: A shiny gold-colored metal that is often used as a bar stool’s footrest.

Brazilian Cherry: This wood has a brownish red hue and is known for its density and weather resistance.

Bun Feet: A round ball-shaped foot that is found on the legs of bar stools, bars, and pub tables.

Cabriole Legs: Table or stool leg that gently curves outward then back toward the base of the leg.

Captain’s Style: Traditional seating with a low back and spindles that curve into armrests.

Casual: Style that consists of clean lines, simple designs, and lighter finished woods.

Chenille: Used to upholster seats, it consists of a fuzzy yarn that is like velvet when tightly woven.

Cherry: A commonly used hardwood; also can refer to a wood’s finish, typically a darker stain.

Chippendale: 18th Century English style characterized by flowing lines and often elaborate ornamentation.

Chrome: Material that has been plated with chromium, which has a shiny silver finish.

Contemporary: A versatile style that is in between traditional and modern: it has clean lines and very little decorative details.

Counter Height: If the stool’s seat height is around 24-26”, this will make them well-suited for counter height tables and bars, which are typically 36” high.

Counter Stool: The seat height is around 24-26”.

Custom Color: This allows the customer to choose from a variety of finishes and upholstery fabrics.

Distressing: Wood finish that has been given an antique look due to color and material imperfections.

Engineered Wood/MDF: Also known as medium density fiberboard, is made out of multiple wood fibers glued together under heat and pressure, and is generally very affordable and often just as durable as solid wood.

Faux: This French term meaning “false” is often applied to finishes that appear genuine, such as “faux leather.”

Feet Assembly: Minimal construction process that involves attaching the feet to a larger piece, such as a bar.

Finish: Paint or stain that has been applied to the initial material to give it a unique look.

Fluting: The carving of parallel grooves into wood or other solid materials.

Footrest: Extra bar that is often put onto bar stools so that your foot has a resting spot. This is often made of wood or brass.

Free-Standing Wine Rack: A wine rack that doesn’t need to be hung or mounted to the wall.

Furniture Wine Rack: Not just for wine storage purposes, these are also multifunctional (i.e. a kitchen cart or serving buffet).

Game Table Top: This additional feature allows a table top to turn into casino game surfaces. This top will often be removable, so the provided traditional table top can still be used.

Grain: The pattern inherent in the fibers of wood reflecting growth or expansion.

Hardwood: This high quality wood is made from the trunks of deciduous hardwood trees, such as oak and maple. In addition, no two pieces of solid wood furniture are the same, so furniture will be completely unique.

Ladder Back: Style of a bar stool seat back that features pieces of horizontal wood or metal, resembling the formation of a ladder.

Lattice Back: Bar stool seat back that has been formed into a cross-hatch design.

Mahogany: A hard, reddish-brown wood found in tropical American evergreen trees. It is also recognized as a darker finish for wood.

Maple: A hardwood recognized for its soft and linear even-grain texture.

Marble Veneer: A thin layer of marble placed over another surface. Often found on bar table tops, this is an economically ideal way to avoid the fragility of marble without sacrificing its beauty.

Metal Frame: This popular bar stool, bar, and pub table frame consists of all types of metals, including wrought iron, steel, and copper.

Microfiber: This synthetic upholstery fabric is washable, breathable, and water repellant.

Mini Bar: This wine rack looks like a smaller version of a bar, which means it has cabinets, drawers, or wine glass storage.

Modern: This style consists of 21st Century ideals: clean lines, smooth accents (i.e. glass or stainless steel), and updated concepts.

Mosaic: Typically found on a table top or as an accent, this is a decorative design made by setting small colored pieces of stone or tile into a surface.

Poplar: A type of hardwood that has an excellent quality for furniture construction.

Natural: This finish is used to give wood a realistic shade, but is easier to take care of than unfinished wood.

Novelty: This style describes anything that fits into some theme, such as horses, roosters, or billiards.

Oak: A type of hardwood that has a natural reddish tone and a varied and wavy grain pattern. This also refers to the medium brown color used to stain wood.

Outdoor: This type of furniture has been specially treated to withstand harsh weather environments, so it won’t rust or tarnish.

Parawood: Also referred to as Asian Hardwood, this wood originates from South America but is presently harvested in Asia for furniture manufacturing; it is as strong as maple and very durable as well.

Parquet: Wood panels laid at angles to each other to make decorative patterns.

Pine: This type of softwood that has a color range from white to pink and yellow. This can also refer to medium and darker wood stains.

Powder Coat: A finishing technique which involves applying dry paint to a metal part and then baking it to melt into a continuous film.

Pub Table: An alternative dining table that typically has a smaller table top and is tall enough to use with counter and bar height stools.

PVC: Used as a table or bar stool’s frame, this is a type of white or light gray plastic, also referred to as “Poly Vinyl Chloride.”

Queen Anne: Often exhibiting curved legs and simple ornamentation, this style developed during the reign of Queen Anne.

Rattan: Sometimes referred to as wicker, this wood from the climbing palm family brings a textured effect and looks great with tropical décor.

Retro: This style features pieces inspired by objects from the first half of the 20th Century.

Roundtop: The round seat of a bar stool that doesn’t have a back for support.

Rustic: This style of furniture is reminiscent of a ranch or log cabin, typically demonstrated by unfinished and distressed woods.

Saddleseat: A curved stool seat that resembles the saddle of a horse.

Splat: The vertical back support(s) of a bar stool.

Scalloped: This decorative edge, found on table tops and barstools, has distinctly curved projections.

Scroll Design: Often formed in a metal frame, this ornamental design uses intricate curves.

Seat Height: The measurement from the ground to the seat which determines if stool is considered bar or counter height.

Slide Extensions: These allow drawers to fully extend for maximum storage and accessibility.

Slat Back: This represents the construction of a bar stool’s seat back: narrow strips of metal or wood, usually vertically.

Spindle Back: The back of a bar stool that features long thin rods.

Stackable: Available for some bar stools and wine racks, this handy feature allows for easy and space-saving storage.

Stainless Steel: A type of shiny steel that contains chromium, making it resistant to corrosion.

Stretchers: The joinery between legs of a table or bar stool, providing stability.

Swivel: This bar stool feature includes some kind of mechanism that allows the seat to rotate.

Table Top Wine Rack: These wine racks are meant to be accessories for a counter.

Tapered Leg: The legs of a bar stool or table are wide at the top, then gradually reduce to the base.

Tempered Glass: A type of glass that is stronger than both untreated and annealed glass, so it is used to hold heavier objects.

Traditional: This style pays homage to classic and old world decorative styles, which means symmetry, decorative finishes, and carvings.

Tropical: This style uses materials such as rattan, wicker, and bamboo, giving it an island feel.

Tubular Steel: The frame is made of steel that is rounded and often hollow, allowing for durability without heavy weight.

Unfinished Wood: Wood that has not yet been touched by paint or stain.

Veneer: This less expensive finish consists of thin slices of real wood, which are adhered to a surface to give it the glowing appearance of real wood. This also allows each piece to have the same grain direction and coloring.

Vinyl: Used to cover bar stool seats, this is a typically tough, flexible and shiny plastic.

Wall Mounted Wine Rack: Not necessarily floating on the wall, this refers to any wine rack that needs to be braced to the wall in some way for additional support.

Welt Cording: Used to disguise seams and exposed wood, it is a cord wrapped in fabric.

Wicker: Often mistaken for rattan, this flexible piece of wood is woven to create a desired look.

Windsor: Popular in 18th century England, this style features an arched back with a variety of designs, (i.e., fan back, hoop back, or comb back).

Wine Cabinet: Similar to a mini bar, this wine storage unit blends in with other formal furniture with its minimal features.

Wine Cart: This wine storage unit is mobile.

Wine Glass Storage: A wine storage unit’s ability to hang wine glasses.

Upholstery: A seat cushion of a bar stool is often covered in either synthetic or natural fibers and fabrics, including leather.

Wine Rack: Situated in a bar or on a tabletop, this features horizontal storage for wine bottles.

Wood Frame: If the frame holding the piece up is constructed of wood.

Wrought Iron: Originally called “worked iron,” this metal is hammered or bent into shape, giving it a roughed up surface.

 When buying Breakfast, Kitchen Bar Stools and it is important to know what options are available.  The most popular type is swivel stools which allow you to spin a full 360 degrees.   The majority but not all of these have a gas lift mechanism which allows you to raise and lower the stool, very handy when trying to get your legs under a breakfast bar.  Kitchen Bar Stools come in many different styles, with the most popular being Contemporary / Modern and Retro Design.  Seating surfaces vary from Wood or Plastic (such as ABS) to an upholstered.  One pitfall to look out for is stools described as being Leather, the vast majority are not real leather.  Whereas on a practical standpoint you would often be better off with a Faux Leather ( F Leather or Fx Leather ) as it is easier to clean, you do want to know what you are buying.

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