In recent years the kitchen has transformed from a simple utility area into a place where people congregate and spend much more quality time, becoming the modern hub of the home. Kitchen stools are therefore the essential for any modern home, being the perfect accompaniment to any kitchen bar counter and providing a comfortable and functional seating solution for everyone involved.
With a huge range of styles available from modern bar stools that look superb around any contemporary kitchen island, to retro designer stools that will add flair to any bar table, there are designs that suit all tastes and match any decor, allowing you to find your perfect stool. Most stools available on the market have a gas lift mechanism, allowing you to raise or lower the stool to cater for different occupants such as small children, as well as rotate through 360 degrees for easy access to any table or worktop.
Gas lift stools are built on steel frames for strength and durability, with a whole number of finishes and frame styles available from chrome plated metalwork to contemporary brushed steel stools, and even gunmetal or black chrome as it is otherwise known. Aside from metal frames, you can also find wooden stools, usually as four legged stools that come in a variety of varnished and natural shades including oak, walnut and cognac. There are even wheeled stools for even more practicality, with nylon casters that allow you to glide over any surface.
After all the choices regarding just the framework and body of the stool, there is also a plethora of seat styles available in a mind boggling array of styles and materials. The most popular and extensive range is faux leather bar stools. These are luxurious items with soft upholstery and grained surfaces that resembles real leather. Faux leather is a superb choice as it is a durable and easy to clean material, and as it is less costly to produce than leather the savings are passed on to you, with amazing styles available at unbelievable prices. Faux leather is available in a large range of colours, from minimalist black and white through traditional brown and cream, to funky orange and lime green. However, if you want that upmarket touch, there really is nothing like genuine leather and bonded leather, both of which have a classy look and feel.
Resin stools are another option, with high impact ABS resin stools on offer. ABS is a hard wearing polymer that is injection moulded, producing a variety of interesting styles that really catch the eye. It is used to make the shells of egg chairs and is often found with a high gloss finish, but can just as easily have a matt surface, or be clad in a thin layer of faux leather. You can also find acrylic Perspex, with translucent seats that provide a light and airy touch, perfect for smaller area.
There are those with wooden seats that come in striking bentwood designs, with flowing, curved shapes that really stand out from the crowd. You can also find combinations, with ABS or wooden seats frames that have padded sections clad in faux leather, providing you with the best of both worlds.