Designing and building a stylish home bar can be a rewarding project that can add a focal point and even value to a home. Choosing the seating to compliment it can be just as difficult as the overall design as there is such a wealth of styles and prices of seating available. This is why many consult a professional service such as Dawnvale who are experienced in equipping bars. Here are some things to consider when choosing seating for a home bar:
The overall design
Unless it’s in an isolated area all of its own, the seating for a home bar may well have to blend in with two environments: that of the bar area and the room in which it is placed. In an ideal world the bar will have been designed to fit in with its immediate environment which should help with the problem. The seating for the bar should compliment other furniture in the room or area. For example if the bar is located in a conservatory with a 1950s theme and look and the conservatory furnishings are in 1950s style it makes sense to choose seating for the bar that will fit in with that look.
In most homes space will be an issue to consider when choosing seating for a home bar. For some the bar will have been designed to create a pub-like atmosphere and the type of seating found in a lounge bar – simple old-style wooden chairs and round tables – may seem perfect. But if space is limited they may not fit in or may dominate the rest of the room. In this case it’s best to choose simple stools that can be tucked up against the bar and save space.
Most home bars will need to fit in with an existing room or area and so the seating chosen to compliment it should not take over that space.
As with everything, cost will almost certainly play a significant part in the seating that is chosen. Ideally the cost of seating will have been factored into the original calculations for the overall cost of the home bar. This way, the choice will be limited, which can help when consideration is given to the vast number of seating options available. Seating should be chosen to fit the budget but also to meet the other criteria that are outlined here.
Reliability and safety are issues to be given equal consideration with others when choosing bar seating. Thought should be given to the people who will use it – for example, children or those with some form of physical impairment or mobility issues. The seating should not be flimsy, as it will hopefully get considerable use, and should be safe as well as robust. Thought should also be given to the materials used and ease of cleaning. Spilt drinks and other accidents can have a significant effect on bar furniture if it is not up to the job.