Bar furniture is one of those items that you need to be careful with. Depending on your clientele, there are going to be times when durability is more important than looks. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of bar furniture items that are durable and look great as well. However, if you’re looking for that classy refined look, you may not be able to get the bar furniture you really like.
The bar area is one where patrons really do relax. Manners certainly fall off slightly, and that’s not because of the alcohol. Bars are relaxing areas - it’s as simple as that. When sitting at a restaurant table, manners are important. Sitting up straight, no elbows on the table, all those things your mom taught you. At a bar, they go out the window.
People sit with legs on the cross bars, they often kick the front of the bar - don’t believe me, check out most bars. They have some sort of kick plate - or show signs of being kicked. Bar stools get pushed around, and over, and you may even find two people trying to share the one stool - - don’t ask!
The difficult job for a restaurant owner is finding bar furniture that is hard wearing, furniture that will take the knocks, the spills and the general abuse that patrons inflict. Fabrics are generally a bad idea. They absorb smells very quickly. Leather or leather like finishes can work as can treated timbers. Timber that isn’t treated properly will also absorb alcohol, start to swell and before you know it, fall apart.
Timber and metal combination bar stools are popular at the moment. The metal frame takes all the punishment a patron can dish out. Finished timber backs and seats are easily cleaned, don’t absorb any alcohol or liquids, and generally long wearing. Bar furniture has to be attractive to look at, more importantly, it has to be durable.