Choosing Barstool & Table Height: Buying Proportional and Comfortable Bar Furniture
Whether you are setting up a home bar, casual dining set, or are looking for seating for a countertop, the stools that you choose will become one of your most important home furnishings. To help you purchase the stools that meet your needs, we have compiled this guide to explain how to decide the stools that work best for you. NOTE: Heights for stool seats are measured differently by each manufacturer. Since there is no industry standard, take the following helpful tips as a general guide that may not apply to your specific product.
First Things First...Measure Your Existing Counter or Table
In order to determine what type of barstool or counterstool you need, measure the table or counter that they are intended to be used with. Measure the distance from the floor to the top of the table. It is recommended to have a 10-12 inch difference between your table top and seat (Ex: a 42" table top works best with a 30" stool.) It is also important to measure the overhang of the table. Tables with a wide overhang may need a certain height stool. For example, it might seem best to purchase a 32" stool for a 42" table, but if there was an overhang of 6", it might be more comfortable to use a 30" stool instead. Once you have these measurements, you are ready to decide what height or type of stool you need.
Get To Know the Bar Stool Lingo
Chairs and bar stools, like other furniture, have industry-specific terms that you'll often see when browsing our site. Knowing what types of stools will match your table or counter height is important before purchasing the perfect product:
Dining Height: Dining Tables are typically around 28"-30" high. Therefore, the dining chairs that match these tables usually have a seat that is 16"-18" high. However, you can also use shorter backless or swivel stools that measure 18" high.
Counter Height: Counter Height Tables are typically around 35"-36" high. Therefore, the counter stools that match these tables are usually in the 24-26" Range. Counter Height furniture is typically used in casual dining setups, pub sets, and home kitchen islands.
Bar Height: Bar Height Tables are typically around 40"-42" in height. Correspondingly, the bar stools are in the 28"-30" range. Bar Height furniture is most commonly used with home bars but can also be found in some pub sets and counter set ups.
Extra-Tall or "Spectator" Height: Extra-Tall tables and bars are typically around 45"-48" high. Therefore, the tall barstools that match these tables are usually in the 32-34" Range. Spectator Height furniture is typically used in commercial settings such as bowling alleys, pool halls, restaurants, and home bars.
Custom Barstools: Furniture Made Your Way
Not every bar and counter will fall within these mentioned standard height ranges, and your own comfort and preferences may not match these previous examples. Luckily, there are options. We carry a number of custom height barstools with a seat heights ranging from 24" to 30" and every measurement in between. We also carry chairs and small stools with a seat height as low as 18"-23" for lower tables. Remember the recommended distance is 10-12 inches from the top of the table to the seat height. Every person is different and therefore what works best will be different. It is important to think about what will meet your individual needs. A taller person may feel more comfortable with a bar height set. A smaller person may select a 32" stool for a 42" bar. The most important thing that you can do before making your purchase is to measure out the sizes of what you would be getting and make sure that it works for you.
Selecting the Perfect Number of Barstools
The last question many people ask is how many stools are enough? Knowing how much room to give each stool is important to creating the perfect bar or table environment. Here are some tips of the trade to allow for enough room in between stools:
Stools ~16"-18" wide: allow for 21"-22" of space
Stools ~19"-22" wide: allow for 24"-25" of space
Swivel Stools or Stools with Arms: allow for even more space
Road bicycle tips: selecting the right road bicycle tires
Learn what kind of tires work best for your road bike and how to select them. The type of road bike tire you need depends on the type of riding you do. Are you a competitive racer, a commuter, or a recreational rider? Do you ride on pavement or dirt? How concerned are you about punctures?
For racing, you want a light, slick tire that can withstand high air pressure. The high-end fold-up is your best bet. It has a Kevlar or Aramid bead (the edge of the tire that holds it on the rim). Kevlar is a fiber made by Dupont that is very lightweight and very strong for its weight. Aramids, a type of nylon used in bullet-proof vests, is also very light and strong. You also want minimum rolling resistance or friction with the road, so you want a narrow, slick tire. The narrowest tire is 20 c. The "c" stands for millimeters and refers to ETRTO (European Tire and Technical Organization) standards, which most tires today use. Racing tires are very fast but don't last long--about two competitions. They run around $50 or more.
For race training, use slightly wider training tires (23 c) made of a harder rubber compound, but still slick. These last longer, aren't quite as fast, and retail around $40.
High Use Dual-Tread and All-Season Tires
Dual-tread and all-season tires might also be used for training or for shorter recreational rides. These are also fold-ups with Kevlar or Aramid beads. However, they have a dual tread; in other words, the center of the tire is slick like the lightweight racers, but on either side of this center ridge is a stronger tread that makes them last longer and gives them more stability. Width for dual-treads ranges up to 25 c.
Commuter or High-MileageTires
These tires are for people who put a lot of mileage on their bikes, like commuters or long-distance recreational riders. They are made of a generic rubber compound and are heavier, but last longer; manufacturers say 1000-2000 miles, but the actual mileage varies depending on how you ride, your weight, and if the tire is on the front or back. (Back tires wear out faster because of weight and drive force.) These tires have wire beads and so don't fold up--you'll see them hanging on the rack at the bike shop. Width ranges between around 23-32 c. For commuter and recreational riders, the extra weight is not enough to make much difference in your ride. These tires can be dual-tread or slicks, with the dual tread adding stability on dirt or loose surfaces. Prices run around $15-30.
Hybrid bicycles (sometimes called comfort bikes) land somewhere between a road bike and a mountain bike and hybrid tires are also somewhere in between. They have a dual tread, a smoother pattern in the middle to reduce rolling resistance and a rougher pattern on either side of this to add stability on dirt or loose surfaces. In reality, however, bicycle tires on smooth surfaces such as pavement don't need much tread because traction depends on the type of rubber compound and pressure. Bicycles don't hydroplane because of the narrow tire width, curved contact area, cycling speed and high pressure. Rough tread does, however, help traction on dirt or surfaces with loose gravel or sand. Thick tread can also reduce punctures. Width of hybrid tires ranges from 25-40 c. You can put them on your road bike depending on how much clearance you have around your brakes and forks. Check with your bike shop about this. These tires range around $15-30.
Where to Buy Tires
Probably the best place to buy tires is a bicycle shop because of the wide selection of tires and employee knowledge. There are also several on-line outlets that offer excellent selection and great sales. Avoid discount stores; they have very limited selection and employee knowledge.
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