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Children and Bar Stools: Some Key Things to Consider

With so many great options on the market, choosing the right bar stool can be difficult at the best of times. When the bar stool is going to be used by children, it can seem even more difficult. There are a number of extra considerations to make when choosing a bar stool for a child. The decisions you make about safety, practicality and appearance are likely to be very different when kids are involved.

Safety

Whenever choosing something that will be used by a child, safety will always be a big concern. There are a number of ways you can ensure a child benefits from the greatest levels of safety when using a bar stool.

Bar stools are considerably higher than other types of seat, and can often be taller than children are themselves. This means that one of the key safety concerns will often be the risk that a child might fall off of the bar stool, especially since children can be notoriously reluctant to sit still. The best way to combat this is to ensure you choose a bar stool with a high back and with arm rests at the sides. This will protect your children on three out of four sides from falling. If you tuck the stool in close to the table or surface, you will often find that your child is very well-protected from falling in any direction.

Another safety concern is the possibility that children will fall, slip or otherwise injure themselves when climbing onto and off of the stool. There are a few ways you can combat this danger. The first is to ensure that you choose a bar stool with adjustable height. This will allow you to lower the stool when the child wants to climb on or off, making the process easier and minimising the risk if they should happen to slip. A footrest on the pedestal might also make it easier for a child to climb on and off, but it is strongly recommended that you still support and help the child by hand. This will not only reduce the risk of the child slipping but also reduce the strain placed on the footrest which may not be designed to support a child's full weight.

Appearance

The appearance of your chosen bar stool may also be affected by considering a child's needs and wants as well as your own. Of course, you will want to choose a bar stool that will fit with the décor style of the room it will be placed in. At the same time, this may have to be balanced carefully with choosing a bar stool that will be visually appealing for a child.

Selecting a brightly-coloured bar stool will be a big step towards pleasing a child's tastes in terms of appearance. Bright colours are exciting and cheerful and make a big impression – all factors that help to appeal to a child's interests. Shiny chrome pedestals and interesting shapes can appeal to children for similar reasons.

Practical Points

There are also practical points to consider when choosing a bar stool that will be used by a child. In particular, the fact that children are notoriously messy eaters has to be considered when choosing a stool. Ideally, this problem should be tackled by choosing a bar stool that is made of materials that can be easily wiped-clean and are not prone to staining. The best materials for this purpose include real or faux leather, and chrome. These materials can be quickly and easily cleaned with a damp cloth and will not usually fall victim to difficult stains. At the opposite end of the spectrum, fabric upholstery is usually a bad idea as it is very prone to staining.

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Children also tend to move around a lot and can be very active even when sitting down to eat. This means that in spite of the fact they weigh very little compared to an adult, children can put a bar stool under greater strain than their parents would. In order to combat this, it is often a good idea to ensure that you choose a bar stool that boasts high build quality and sturdy construction. You might also wish to regularly check any bolts, screws and other connections in the stool to ensure they have not been gradually loosened, and tighten them if necessary.

All bar stools from Furniture Bay are made from high-quality, practical materials and upholstered with faux leather. This makes it easy to wipe spillages away without staining. They also boast high build quality at an affordable price, making them extremely practical for use by children.

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