Bar stools: Smart Solutions for Small Spaces

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Recent figures released by online furniture retailer, Milan Direct, show bar stools are no longer the sole domain of bars and restaurants. The online retailer states personal orders for bar stools have nearly doubled in recent years, indicating not only a shift in interior design preferences but also a transformation in the way we live.

The 50s and 60s were the decades of the commercial bar stool boom, their popularity grew at such a rate that today bar stools can be found in almost every café, restaurant and bar. These days that popularity has expanded to the home.

Recent figures released by online furniture retailer, Milan Direct, show bar stools are no longer the sole domain of bars and restaurants. The online retailer states personal orders for bar stools have nearly doubled in recent years, indicating not only a shift in interior design preferences but also a transformation in the way we live.

“The 50s and 60s were the decades of the commercial bar stool boom, their popularity grew at such a rate that today bar stools can be found in almost every café, restaurant and bar. These days that popularity has expanded to the home with the bar stool fast becoming the home seating choice of the 21st century,” said Milan Direct, Managing Director, Dean Ramler.

“Whether utilised to compliment sleek modern interiors or increasingly to make practical use of minimal space, the bar stool provides solutions that traditional dining arrangements just can’t match.”

“In particular for people living alone, in smaller apartments or studios, bar stools make obvious practical sense,” he said.

Indeed, the Office for National Statistics reports that by 2031, around one in five (18 per cent) of the total population in England will be living alone - a rise of 13 per cent since 2006.
To accommodate the increasing demand of single dwellers for well-located, affordable housing, inner city apartment sizes are shrinking, making traditional seating and dining options not just an impractical choice but often also an impossible one.

Where space is limited, bar stools offer an appealing and practical solution. A natural narrowness combined with height flexibility mean they can be placed in small spaces and conveniently paired against kitchen bench tops for smart and functional apartment dining.

“Bar stool styles, sizes and material options have grow rapidly in recent years, meaning there is a solution for almost every seating and dining requirement. Without a doubt bar stools offer consumers one of the most versatile and adaptable types of seating on the market,” explained Mr Ramler.

So with more and more Brits opting to live alone in apartments and studios designed for one, the likelihood of the traditional dining table and chairs making way for modern bar stools paired with kitchen bench tops, seems only likely to increase. Clearly bar stools offer an appealing compromise between functionality and space saving economy.

Milan Direct is one of the UK’s leading online furniture retailers, offering a stylish and varied range of contemporary bar stools, see their website for more details: http://www.milandirect.co.uk/shop/category/bar-stools/.

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