Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The History of the Bar Stool

Bar stools began out of necessity.

No one really knows who first invented the bar stool.

One can only speculate that they are evolved forms of wooden chairs used in the past.

The wooden stools of the past were basically simple wood models with three wooden legs. They were the most basic of models used to provide a person with a place to sit.

Often they were not part of a table setting so they would be pulled up to an extra table or a bar which is how they are believed to have gotten the nickname, "bar stools".

While the original bar stools were very simple pieces of necessary furniture, it probably wasn't expected that they would evolve to the popularity that they have today. 

In the 50s and 60s especially, bar stools really took off and could be found in nearly every bar or restaurant around.

This is when they really began to change shape and be found in different sizes, colors, materials and styles.

They would only continue to grow from there.

You can also find bar stools in a variety of sizes and heights.

You will find out that the height of the bar stool is one of the most important aspects of the bar stool.

This is why it's very important for you to measure the table, bar or counter top properly so you can get the perfect bar stool.

Bar stools have changed and evolved a lot since their early days.

They are now available to suit most any needs or style. This has come about over time as people adapted their bar stools to fit different types of needs and situations.

Many people can remember using bar stools in their childhood days. 

You may have sat at the breakfast bar preparing for the day ahead.

We may also have experienced bar stools in the local ice cream parlor or even in the barber shop. 

These fond memories show us how much the bar stool has evolved over time. 

The history of the bar stool shows us that bar stools can fit in most any room of the house and even in the business place.

Bar stools are functional and fun and have become part of the American culture.

Bar stools in commercial settings will often be swivel or floor mounted but those used in personal settings are typically not mounted. 

This has also changed throughout history however and it is acceptable to have any type you want that goes with your theme or decor. You can find tons of bar stools here.

In the past, bar stools were made of mostly wood but now metal and wood bar stools are very common. 

Aluminum is a good choice of material for bar stools that can last indoors or out.

As the years go by, the history of bar stools will continue to grow and evolve. 

 Oh look!
What do we have here?

My dream bar stool!

*Photos courtesy of Pinterest


jeanette from everton terrace said...

That was fun!
Those last stools are absolutely made for you. If I had seen them somewhere else I would have thought of you instantly :)

Thought of you the other day when a friend mentioned she is looking for a large old angel from a church and wants me to keep an eye out for her. I thought it sounded like something you would come across, you find the best stuff!

Beach House Living said...

LaDolfina stools! Those are so great.

Alexandra Rae said...

Wow, what an amazing treasure trove of images! I just love your posts. Always so informative and beautiful. I usually read my blogs on my phone, but I hate to try to type comments from it. But I'm always following you ;)

Pamela Hunt Lee said...

Wow wow on the stools with the spring bases...

designchic said...

What a great roundup...love, love the lucite stools!! Fabulous images ~

Blooming Rose Musings said...

What a great group of images you have shown us. I just popped over to their site and they certainly have quite a variety.
I love the LaDolfina bar stools you have pictured here. You are unbelievable...you always find the most unique and wonderful things and share them with us. Those bar stools have your name written all over them!

blue fruit said...

What a fascinating post that was! And of all these lovely examples, my favourite are the wild giant spring stools. They are quite beyond fabulous!

I lost your link but have now happily found it again via Lisa Golightly just now. Thank goodness!

have a great weekend. Virginia

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Fabulous comprehensive post!

Architectural design said...

Bar stools in a kitchen remind me of typical TV shows in America where the kitchen is the place where the family meet briefly for breakfast before the kids go to school and the dad is grabbing a piece of toast before leaving for work. Wonderful image.

Craig Dillon said...

Bar stools were created during prohibition. Before then, respectable women were not allowed in saloons. During Prohibition, no one was allowed, so women became welcome too. Bars were used for pouring and serving drinks. Men stood at bars, which were too high for women. So.the bar stool was invented for them. And so the modern Bar was created.