Choosing the right seating for a patio is not always easy considering the many styles, shapes and sizes of outdoor bar stools are now available in. In fact, today outdoor bar chairs are available in a wider variety than ever before. It is usually best to try and narrow down your choices for outdoor seating by asking yourself how you will likely use it. If you are thinking of setting up a bar area for your family and friends then you might want to take a good look at the area where you intend to put the bar chairs.
When you are planning on using a regular height table, such as your kitchen table height, then it is best to use regular chairs. However, if your idea is to put the bar chairs around a bar or other outdoor entertainment area, then bar stools will likely be the best choice.
There are a lot of patio bar stools which look just like real bar stools. This type of stool is great for any informal entertaining you might want to do on the patio area.
Once you have chosen how you would like to use your stools, you will need to decide on a particular type of stool. Generally, wood, plastic and aluminum stools will be more durable and able to withstand more use. These kinds of stools will also withstand the outdoor elements much better than some other types of stools.
Bar stools that have seats with cushions are certainly more comfortable, but they will also be more vulnerable to outside elements. Excessive sun can cause leather and other materials to wear out and rain can result in rotting of the seat cushions.
Another thing that is important to keep in mind is how you will store the chairs and cushions. In some climates, especially areas that get a good deal of snow, you will typically have to store the stools for the winter. This means that you will need to choose seating that you can accommodate in your storage area.
The best outdoor bar stools typically will be the ones that are most durable and will blend well with your patio style.