Ideas for Bar Stools


A home bar provides an ideal spot for parties and entertaining guests and is relatively simple to put together. Decorating the area can be a fun project as well because you choose a theme for your bar or recreate the look of a traditional pub. While all of the elements that you choose can contribute to your bar's overall look, bar stools are particularly important because they serve a functional purpose as well. Fortunately, there are a variety of bar stool options so you should be able to find the ideal fit for your home bar.

Try a Classic Look

  • For a home bar that has a pub-like style, wooden bar stools may be your best option. They come in a variety of designs so you can choose a style that you find most comfortable. Some are backless and feature a cushioned seat that is upholstered with fabric. You can usually find them in a range of colors to coordinate with the rest of your bar area's décor or reupholster the stools with fabric of your choosing for a customized look. You can also find wooden stools with cushioned seats that have backs, which are often more comfortable and supportive. They may be a better option if you or your frequent guests have back issues.

Go Elegant

  • For an elegant look, wrought iron bar stools are an ideal option for your home bar. Like wrought iron fences, these stools typically have highly decorative designs that feature a variety of images, ranging from simple flowers to more detailed animal shapes. As a result, wrought iron stools are often a good match for a themed home bar because you can find a subtle way to incorporate images that relate to your theme through the stools. Be sure to add cushions to the seats of the stools so your guests are not sitting on hard metal as they relax at your bar.

Go Tropical

  • If you have an outdoor patio or pool bar, rattan or wicker stools can add fun, tropical flair. These stools are often designed to mimic bamboo so they have a more authentic look and can be covered with cushions in bright, bold colors to continue the tropical theme. Pair rattan stools with a Tiki bar, torches and a few potted palms to create a tropical getaway in your own backyard.

Support Your Team

  • If you are a sports fan who is always looking for ways to support for your favorite team, add a few team stools to your home bar. Most of the teams from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association offer bar stools that are upholstered with the team's logo and colors, making them an ideal fit for a sports themed bar. Decorate the space with other team memorabilia to create an authentic sports bar feel. If you prefer a more subtle look, pair the team stools with a traditional bar set-up so they can add some color and team spirit.

Cover It Up

  • Depending on the style and materials, bar stools can be somewhat costly. If you are on a budget but want to spruce up the look of your bar area, purchase covers for your existing stools instead of breaking the bank on brand new ones. Removable bar stool covers are available in a range of fabrics and colors to match any decor. They typically feature elastic along the edges so they fit snugly around the stool and stay in place even when guests sit on them. You can also add new cushions to your old stools if you want to give them a new look.

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