Finding the perfect seating options for your home can be difficult. You want something that is going to look great but also be versatile. You want comfort yet practicality. And while there are many different seating options, there are none that are quite as versatile yet statement worthy than the humble stool.
A stool is an easy to maneuver seating option that can work in any room of your home. Stools make use of the vertical space, rather than taking up much floor space. Because of this they draw the eye upwards and make an area feel more spacious. This makes stools the perfect option for smaller spaces.
You can get a stool in virtually any style, but with so many different varieties of stools available, it can be tricky to find the perfect one. To make it easier, we’ve put together some tips of the things you should take into consideration when looking for the right stool for your home.
Things to consider when buying a stool for your home
How do you want to use your stool?
Do you have a specific purpose in mind for your stool? Stools are great casual seating options for your home and can be used in a variety of ways. Take advantage of extra space at your kitchen counter with a set of stools. You can use this area for meals, or to catch up with the friends and family after a long day.
Stools can also be a great dining chair option, particularly in smaller homes. You can enjoy the luxury of a dining table for meals, without taking up too much space. If you entertain regularly, stools can be a great extra seating option around the home that you can move around wherever you need them.
Having an idea of how you will use your stool will help you make a decision on the style. You can get backless stools, or ones with back support and even arm rests. They are also available in a huge range of finishes, so if you plan on using yours often, you might want one that has padded seating and an upholstered finish.
Styles of stools
We mentioned some of the styles above, but for as simple as stools may seem to be, there are so many different kinds available. Some of these include:
- Metal Stools
- Leather Stools
- Backless Stools
- Stools with low backs
- Stools with high backs
- Wooden Stools
- Round Stools
- Rectangular Stools
- Square Stools
- Upholstered fabric stools
- Stools with armrests
And we haven’t even started talking about colours. Available in virtually any colour you can imagine, you’re bound to find the perfect stool to suit your home.
Finding the right height
Just as stools come in a variety of colours, finishes and styles, they also come in many different heights. And again, knowing the purpose of your stool is going to help to find one of the correct height to suit you.
If you’re using your stools at a kitchen counter or dining table, make sure you measure the height of the table or benchtop. As a rule of thumb, you want your stool to be 20-30cm lower than the surface you will be using the stool with. This will mean that people of most heights will be able to sit comfortably on the stool and use the table or benchtop surface as intended. It will also ensure that most adult’s legs can fit comfortably under the table surface as well.
If you’re just looking to add extra seating to the house, you can choose stools of any height to work with. As long as they are low enough to be able to get on them without climbing, you’ll be golden!
Consider the finish
Like any seating option, you want your stool to look as good as the day you got it for as long as possible. So, if you plan to use it for meal times or you’ve got kids, it might be worth considering a finish such as metal or wood rather than an upholstered finish. These are easy to clean and keep protected for a lot longer.
With that being said, you can always coat your upholstered or leather stools with protective products like scotch guard.
Speaking of materials
Here at SLH, we have a focus on sustainability and producing high-quality furniture that has a low environmental impact. The materials we choose to create our furniture with is thoughtfully sourced. We use FSC accredited recycled teak, ethically sourced European Oak and American Walnut, and upcycled hardwood timbers that we obtain from decommissioned fishing vessels. By choosing materials that have had a former life, we can create sustainable designer furniture where each piece has a unique story. You can learn more about our environmental efforts here.
Shop for stools at SLH
If you’re looking to add stool seating to your home, then SLH has got what you need. Our range of designer stools are available to buy online, no matter where you are in Australia. We offer Australia-wide shipping for all orders, with premium express options for Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney customers.
You can also shop instore with us at our Sydney based furniture showroom. Located only 10 minutes from the Sydney CBD in Lilyfield. You can discover our full range of designer furniture and stools in person and gain inspiration from how we’ve chosen to style our pieces.
With AfterPay and ZipPay available, you don’t need to wait to get your hands on our incredible range of contemporary furniture.
If you would like to discuss your stool furniture options or you have any questions, get in touch with team today.