Find Out Tips On Choosing Outdoor Bar Stools

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | 1:04 AM

By Jessica Peterson

So you have decided to add a bar to your deck area. Now all you need are some elegant outdoor bar stools and you have an entertainment area fit for a king. Before you rush out to the store, however, there are one or two things to consider. A little research on the internet might save you a whole lot of trouble later on.

The material used for the frame will usually be extruded aluminum. Aluminum does not rust. There are various finishes available if you do not care for the natural shiny look. UV resistant powder coated finishes are one option. Alternatively you may select a rattan look using a synthetic cane which will stand up well to sun and rain. If you choose self assembly kits make sure all the nuts and bolts are either brass or stainless steel to avoid rust. Preassembled stools should be properly welded.

If the bright shiny look of aluminum does not appeal to you, there are other finishes. Powder coating in various shades will also add protection against the suns UV rays. Alternatively you can select a rattan looking finish in synthetic material for a more exotic look. Wood can be natural or have a distress paint finish designed to make it look almost antique. Normal painting is also possible though it will possibly become distressed due to the sun.

For the pool area seats without cushions or upholstery are probably more practical. Slatted seats will allow the water to drain away. Choose a design that is stable and not easily toppled especially if the ground area is rough or uneven, like brick.

It is a good idea to measure the height of your bar counter. Stools too tall or too short will be uncomfortable. If it is essentially a family area, you might consider buying different sizes to accommodate the kids too though it might spoil the look of the bar. There are some adjustable models available.

Stools are versatile. Put one beside the tennis court net for the scorer. Or maybe it will help you to reach those apples just out of reach on the tree. Add matching tables and chairs and your deck becomes an elegant lounge. The possibilities are endless.

Aluminum outdoor bar stools are lightweight and easily moved. Some models are stackable. This makes it easy to put them away when not in use. This way you can save them from the harshest winter weather.

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