A solution to this predicament is the use of oak or other wooden bar stools that look more traditional wooden kitchen chairs than bar stools. This can give the kitchen the homey feel people want without making it look too much like a diner.
Oak Stools Fit in With Decor
A wooded kitchen table with oak stools can give a kitchen the down home feel without sacrificing the practicality of bar stools. The breakfast bar does not have to look like a bar. Instead it can look like a traditional dining area.
One reason why oak breakfast bar sets are so popular is the light colors which are more appropriate to a breakfast area or the morning. This can give a kitchen an airy and comfortable feeling.
Oak stools will fit in with kitchen décor such as oak cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. They have a timeless feel that fits into the décor of almost every era.
Another reason why oak bar stools are popular is that they are tall stools that don’t look like stools. They look like chairs so the kitchen doesn’t have to look something like a diner.
Drawbacks to Oak Stools
The main drawback to oak stools is that they are heavier so they will often be harder to stack or store than metal stools. Oak stools with backs can not be stowed underneath a counter in the way that metal stools can be.
Another drawback is that oak stools may require a little more maintenance in the form of staining or painting every few years. Even with the maintenance oak stools should last as long as metal bar stools.
An advantage to oak stools is that they can be used at the table with other chairs when extra seating is needed for company. This makes them a little more versatile and functional than some stools