The most common for the design of the dining area are classic chairs, but more recently, designers are increasingly turning their attention toward stools for the kitchen.
And not in vain! After all, such a decision will become a really practical and beautiful element of the interior of your kitchen. Stools do not attract unnecessary attention, they fit perfectly into any interior and limited space.
To date, you can also note the variety of shapes and materials of this product. Based on your own preferences, you can choose any stools for their visual and functional characteristics. It can be a standard wooden model, metal, soft sediments, weaving, forging and much more.
Most often, stools are light enough and easily transported and cleaned. Such a piece of furniture is easy to clean. And also it does not require additional care.
You can choose the necessary model of stools for absolutely any style and interior design from the most minimalistic and strict forms to exquisite exclusive models.
All about stools for the kitchen
The main advantage of using kitchen stools in the interior is their compactness.
This is the best option for a small kitchen-studio or kitchen-living room.
Thin legs and elegant shapes are simply not able to overload the interior, they are almost not noticeable in the overall design, but they completely cope with their direct task no worse than ordinary chairs.
Stools will become a practical solution for a large family.
Do not forget about the fact that the stools are perfectly combined with other interior items.
It is not at all necessary to make stools an independent design item. Near the table quite calmly can accommodate a small sofa near the wall, and in the rest part to put stools.
Similarly, you can combine stools with ordinary chairs.
These simple tricks allow you to use stools even in the most limited space.
And because of their compactness and lightness, they can easily be moved to other rooms and used, for example, in the space near a coffee or writing desk.
Undeniable plus is also their universal design.
Of course, if you try, you can find many options for the execution of this furniture in a bright and extremely pretentious design. But in most cases, kitchen stools have a minimalistic monophonic design, which makes them quite a universal option for temporary furniture for other rooms.
Types of stools
Today, the design stepped very far. And even such a simple and uncomplicated interior element as a stool can be found in the most unreal variations of shapes and colors.
They are completely different in design, material, size and shape, so that they fit under any style and atmosphere.
And when the stools become too much or, conversely, you need to add space to the room, all the stools can easily be hidden under the table or put in a corner.
By design, stools are divided into several functional types.
Such models can be soft, semi-soft and hard.
This is the most popular version of stools for the kitchen. They can be made of any material and in any color.
But since most often stools are used in small rooms, you should not put on them an accent by color. For a small kitchen, this element of furniture should look as light and invisible as possible.
These stools are characterized by a comfortable design, which, if necessary, can easily be folded and removed in any closet or balcony.
These stools are advisable to use as additional furniture to the basic stools or chairs during the holidays and celebrations. If necessary, you can quickly and easily install them in the right place, and after the holiday also simply put them back in place, thus freeing up additional space in the kitchen.
Favorite attribute for the kitchen-studio and just a very small kitchen - it's bar stools.
They have high legs with a special horizontal leg support.
These stools look unusual and exquisite. The design here is most often chosen discreet and solid.
Plus a high table and chairs thanks to a small footprint save space and visually do not reduce the already small space.
But this is the most infrequent guest in modern kitchens. Sometimes these stools are used for purely decorative purposes, because their design looks interesting and unusual. They will perfectly fit in the kitchen in the style of Neoclassicism or Empire.
And, it is completely unclear why people so often forget about the direct purpose of this multifunctional piece of furniture. After all, stool-stepladder can become simply an indispensable assistant in the kitchen with high ceilings.
Thanks to such a stool you can really use space effectively. After all, in rooms with high ceilings, cabinets and any kitchen furniture ends well below the ceiling. But you can place there additional lockers or a storage room for storing kitchen utensils and preserves.
Possible product materials
No one will be surprised by the usual wooden stool. To make this item in the kitchen always looked fresh and fashionable, thousands of different designs and stool shapes were created.
Some stools are made from one material, while others are made by combining different materials.
Most often, wood, MDF, particle board, plastic, metal, glass, leather and textiles are used to create the stool.
But not only the material of the product itself is diverse. Designers also in every way change the standard design of the stool.
In the classical model, it has four legs, but today you can find models with two, five or more legs.
But, if you still talk about the material, then you need to understand exactly what load you will have on this stool. Every day it will be in operation, where you will store it, etc.
Stools made of wood, chipboard and plastic are the most versatile in terms of styles.
Wooden model can be safely used in absolutely all known styles.
Plastic, depending on the chosen color, is also suitable for a variety of designs. But this material is less durable and wear-resistant. So this option is more suitable for additional unstable furniture.
Much stronger and more reliable will be metal models. However, most often they are quite heavy. Hardly you want to constantly move them.
Metal stools are suitable if they are constantly near the table.
Fabric and leather stools still make on a frame of a solid material (the same wood or a broom), so that there is no particular difference in strength and durability.
Just a soft seat will add extra comfort and warmth. On such seats it is soft and comfortable to sit.
If you still prefer a hard seat, then you should give your preference to orthopedic curved models, their shape is selected for correct weight distribution throughout the surface of the seat.
Variety of shapes and sizes
Depending on the height of the table, you can choose a stool of any desired size and shape. To rely on choosing a stool here is how much space near the table it can hold.
If there is such a possibility, it is better to choose more classical straight lines or narrower models on top. They are slightly more cumbersome in their base, but are much more stable and reliable than other models.
Seats of stools can be round, square, straight, concave.
But the main thing is all the same comfort. Very often, when buying a stool, people are guided only by aesthetic considerations and interior design of the kitchen. And only then in the process of exploitation comes the understanding that a wooden stool with a flat seat is completely inconvenient in everyday operation.
What styles are combined with
There is no clear distinction in style with regard to stools. Usually they have a completely universal design.
However, wooden models are still more suitable for such styles as art deco, constructivism, neoclassicism, various ethnic styles of the interior, shebbie-chic, eco-style and country.
The metal base will best fit in loft, techno and hi-tech styles.
Bright models with a plastic frame or metal bar stools will suit the kitchen in the style of pop art or grunge.
Seats and covers for stools
Stools with covers on the seats made of leather or textiles are an excellent option for any interior.
The main advantage of this choice is comfort. The seat will be soft and comfortable.
Another important advantage is that they can easily be replaced. So do not worry if the old stools do not fit the new wallpaper. Covers can always be replaced.
Even if you just tired of a monotonous interior, try changing curtains and covers on stools to new ones with some bright pattern or floral ornament. The interior will immediately look different.
General recommendations when buying a stool
When buying a stool, it is recommended to rely on the degree of convenience. Since they will be spent a lot of time, the seat should be comfortable and preferably soft.
The next step is to choose the design, color and design, dimensions and weight of the stool. You can choose compact models that will be easy to fold and hide, or you can have massive standing stools.
Be sure to pay attention to the quality of the product. Even an expensive branded item can be a fake or simply an unfortunate instance. Check the reliability of all fasteners and the quality of the supports. The product should not have any mechanical damage, scratches, chips or peeling.
Next, decide on the desired price category and country of production. Do not take the cheapest models, because very often they are much inferior in quality. But in expensive branded models, we also often overpay for the name of the manufacturer. So when choosing it is recommended to stick to the whole golden mean.
Observing all the above rules, you are guaranteed to be able to buy the right and functional stool for your unique designer kitchen.