How to Buy a Bucket Seat Bar Stool

Are you shopping with comfort in mind?  A bucket seat bar stool could be just what your establishment needs to keep patrons belly up to the bar for longer, which in turn, means a higher per person sales average on your bar’s bottom line.  If your bar’s marketing strategy revolves around higher drink-per-person numbers, then you are smart enough to see the close relation between having the right seating and an increase in nightly revenue.  You want to create a cozy, communal gathering place where folks come to meet up and hang out, watch the entire game on your big screens, or play that Megatouch bar top game until the wee hours.  But how exactly do you pick out the stool that’s the perfect fit for your bar?

Let’s discuss key product features by breaking down bucket bar stools into three shopping categories: good, better, and best.

The Good
Bucket Bar Stool for RestaurantsHere are some basic standards you want to look for in any bucket seat bar stool.  Believe it or not, many vendors don’t offer stools that meet these low quality marks, so here’s what to look out for:

What helps set apart the good bucket bar stool models we sell from many other bar stool makers is our newly re-designed and vastly improved 5-prong gripping system that helps to prevent the back separating from the seat when someone leans back too far in the bucket.  No back flips here!

The Better
Brown Bucket Seat Bar StoolIf you’re looking for a step up in quality without paying much more money, choosing a middle-of-the-road product offers some added benefits that you’ll appreciate.

The Best
For top-of-the-line bucket seat bar stools, you’ll pay a little more money upfront but have excellent quality, style, and comfort backed by long-lasting durability. Consider all the points listed in the good and better models above, but add into the mix the following higher-end benefits:

The Base
Best Commercial Bar StoolsOnce you decide on which bucket seat you prefer, it’s time to choose a base.  Especially for the better and best models, you’ll want to look for a fully welded, 16-gauge steel base, which will offer the ultimate in strength over a long lifetime.  The gauges of steel get stronger as the numbers decrease, so a 16-gauge is better than an 18- or 20-gauge steel frame.  Because bucket seats tend to be top-heavy compared to other stool seats, the base needs to have a wide enough footprint to safely support the shape and weight of the bucket.

We do sell our lower-end bar stools on the traditional F-base, featuring a bolted-on, squared-off chrome plated ring.  This base is very sturdy for use with the smaller buckets and offers a distinct style that may look great in your space, but it shouldn’t be used with the larger models.  We discourage use of the classic, retro-looking double chrome ring bases on our bucket seats, because those bases have an entirely bolted together frame, and the chrome plating can scratch and wear off over time.  Choosing a solid base will prevent accidents and injuries in your bar or restaurant, so choose wisely!

Additional Considerations
When shopping for a bucket bar stool, you should evaluate the quality of the swivel mechanism.  On the smaller buckets, we usually include a tilted swivel to produce a reclined feel for a more comfortable position.  When assembling this type of swivel on your bar stool, make sure the higher point is facing toward the front of the stool, or otherwise, patrons will feel as if they’re falling out of the seat.  On the more luxurious buckets, the design already features a slightly reclined seat, so most vendors will use a flat swivel, whereas you don’t have to worry about assembling it to the right degree of tilt.

In addition, we offer two brands of swivels: an imported version and an American-made version.  The imported swivel comes with a limited 1-year warranty and utilizes ball bearings, which can by known to fall out with a lot of wear and tear or rough handling.  The domestic swivel is more expensive, but it includes a longer warranty of up to 10 years and is a nylon construction that doesn’t use ball bearings.  This makes for a quieter, smoother movement, as well.

Before purchasing any bar stool for your restaurant, please measure the height of your bar.  You will want to leave 10-12″ between the top of the seat and the bottom of the bar for legroom.  Some of our best bucket bar stools have a seat height of 32.8″, which may be too tall for your bar.  In addition, if your audience is largely women, your customer base may have trouble getting in and out of that tall of a stool.  On the flip side, a largely male audience may find the stool height a more comfortable fit – especially if your bar is around the corner from where the Knicks practice.  Keep height – and your target market – in mind when you’re determining comfort and ease of use for your furniture selections.

Interior design is of course always a consideration when buying restaurant furniture.  Our standard bucket colors are brown, black, and wine, and we offer black and silver frames, so you can choose a color combination that works best for your decor!

Now that you know what to look for in your commercial bucket seat bar stools, you can offer a comfortable place for guests to sit and relax a while – and order up another drink!

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By Administrator on November 27, 2013 · Posted in Design and Furniture Selection

4 Comments | Post Comment

Debbie Smith says:

Bar stools with leather upholstery? Wow! If I get these stools near my place, I will definitely buy for my rooms.

Posted on December 10th, 2013

Administrator says:

Hi Debbie, Thanks for the comment. We actually use a commercial-grade vinyl to upholster our bucket seat bar stools. They are only available online via our e-commerce stores right now, or if you’re nearby western Pennsylvania, we do have a showroom.

Posted on December 13th, 2013

minka tommy says:

I am very happy to read your tutorial about how to choose a bucket seat bar stool. Your instructions are very complete and detailed making it easier for me to select them according to my funds. I would probably choose a middle-of-the-road product. Thank you.

Posted on January 18th, 2014

Emily Fritz says:

Glad we could be of help, Minka!

Posted on January 21st, 2014