All bar none: top ten picks for bar stools

We do love a bar stool. Not only are they neat and fit discreetly under the counter when not in use, you can also do your best Ingrid Bergman/Ilsa Lund impression by spinning round and purring ‘play it again, Sam’, when you’re bored. Not that we would ever do that, of course. Ahem. Anyway, here are our top ten picks, perfect for your breakfast island or for extra occasional seating.

1. Bar stool with wooden top, Melody Maison

This is a bar stool with  a plain, polished wooden top.  The black support for the set is made from iron and is substantial, with the height being adjustable.  Ideal for a traditional decor, it costs £103.95 from Melody Maison.

2. Jetson bar stool, PIB Home

This bar stool has a round seat made of solid varnished mango wood and a seat height of 71 cm. The seat is set onto a compass-shaped, dark metal base and there’s a foot rest to keep you steady. This bar stool would work well mixed with other shapes and styles for an eclectic result. £169, available from PIB Home.

3. Bembridge bar stool in rattan/teak, Garden Trading

A  long lasting tall teak bar stool with a rattan seat, this Bembridge stool would work well in a kitchen, conservatory or dining room,as it’s ideal with breakfast bars, bar tables or an occasional seat when preparing food. £190, available from Garden Trading.

4. Baa bar stool, Black by Design

This quirky and fun kitchen stool has a British sheepskin cover, which can be removed for cleaning, and it’s handmade in Wales of  sustainably sourced solid oak, too. Available in a range of different colours, it costs £275 from Black by Design.

5. Jonah bar stool, Sweetpea and Willow

At last – a really comfortably looking bar stool, with a proper back. If perching on the edge of a polished seat isn’t your thing, then this Jonah bar stool, £263 from Sweetpea and Willow, offers some proper upholstery in a lovely neutral sand coloured fabric.

6. Flynn bar stool in graphite grey, MADE

If you like the style of the Jonah stool, above, this Flynn bar stool, £149, from MADE follows the same lines but at a more affordable price. With its generously padded seat and button backrest, it’s comfortable enough for longer sittings so you don’t have to rush that second cup of coffee.

7. Oak bar stool, Danetti

Made from solid natural oak, these simple stools have a slightly curved shape to give them a softer feel. They’re treated with only a light oil to enhance the colour of the wood and show off the natural beauty of oak – a type of finish which also makes them easy to clean. £79, available from Danetti.

8. Weekend bar stool, Oxyo

This brightly coloured Weekend stool, £190, is dual purpose. In winter and autumn, use it to add a bright focal point to your kitchen. In spring and summer, move it outside to the patio and pretend you’re sipping cocktails on a cruise ship. Available in 12 different colours from Viva Lagoon.

 9. Hector bar stool in pacific blue, Swoon Editons

With clean, contemporary lines, a hand-painted finish in pacific blue and slightly distressed edges, the Hector bar stool, £99, will find a home in any decor. Hand made from solid mango wood in India, the Hector is available from Swoon Editions.

10. Rustic wooden bar stool, Audenza

These rustic bar stools are the perfect combination of rustic and glamorous, with the brass edging strip around the seat and brass wrapped feet. A great perch, whether for yourself or to display your latest pot plants. Or use one as a bedside table or side table for a table lamp, a cup of tea and a good book. Was £152 now £52 from Audenza.

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