A breakfast bar is an informal dining area often located in a kitchen or finished basement that’s designed for quick meals like breakfast and lunch. Since it is an informal dining area, in most instances the breakfast bar features stools instead of chairs.
The breakfast bar usually consists of a high table or a counter similar to those seen in diners. Counter bar stools are often lined up against it. As in some restaurants the stools might be designed to fit under the counter to save space.
It is common for breakfast bar sets to have a theme of some sort. A common theme would be rustic bar stools around a rustic wooden table. This is often done in an attempt to create a western or ranch theme.
Another popular theme is wooden stools that are used to create a country or traditional kitchen theme. In addition, metal stools and a metal table can used to create a sleek, modern theme. A theme growing in popularity is the retro theme which would try to recreate a kitchen set or the look of a 1950s diner. Such a set will usually feature counter stools like those seen in movies and TV shows.
To maintain a theme many breakfast bar stools and breakfast bar tables are designed to match. This makes ordering the set fairly simple.
In some smaller living arrangements such as apartments and lofts it is not uncommon to use the breakfast bar as the only eating area. This saves space and can add a stylish touch to a very functional living area.
Breakfast Bar Stool Considerations
A major consideration when ordering or buying stools should always be comfort. Since the breakfast bar is often the family’s primary eating area it should be comfortable. Nobody will want to start the day by sitting on an uncomfortable seat. Likewise, if the breakfast bar is in a finished basement or game room you’re going to want stools that guests can sit on for extended periods of time.
A good way to avoid this discomfort would be to find examples of the counter stools you’re considering and sit on them before buying them. That way you can see if you will be comfortable on the stools.