The truth about extra tall bar stools. The whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Do I need an extra tall bar stool? Click here for our bar stool buying guide. Rule of thumb: You need between 9" and 13" from the top of the seat to the top of the counter.
OK. You have decided that you need a 34" bar stool to go with your 46" high counter. Now the expensive question. How much extra does it cost?
That depends upon where you are shopping. At a normal store, the cost can be a $100.00 more than a 30" bar stool. That sounds like a reasonable surcharge for such a custom item.
We here at B4U Designs think that is a bit unfair. My cost to build a 34" bar stool versus a 30" bar stool is as follows. I need 4 inches more steel for each leg. That makes 16" of steel. At about 6 cents an inch, that means that it will cost me about 96 cents more to build a 34" bar stool instead of a 30" bar stool for you.
When you look at it that way, then $100.00 or $50.00 or even $25.00 all of a sudden does not seem so reasonable.
At B4U Designs all bar and counter stools between 24" and 34" are the same low wholesale factory direct price. On a short counter stool I might make $1.00 more than on a 30" bar stool. On a 32" or 34" bar stool I might make $1.00 less than on a 30" bar stool. I am not going to gouge my customers because they need a custom size bar stool.
Woah! My counter is 48"and I need a 36" stool. What does that cost? Does it cost a lot more to build a 36" stool than a 34" stool?
Simple answer is yes and no. It should cost about $10.00 more to build the average 35" or 36" spectator stool than it does to build a comparable 30" bar stool. But I charge $45.00 more for a spectator stool than I do for a bar stool. Why?
I am glad you asked. It costs more money because there are men on the planet. No joke. If there were only women on the planet, it would only cost about $10.00 or $15.00 more for a 36" stool than a 30" stool.
So why does it cost more because there are men out there? Again the answer is simple. Men tend to sit in a chair or a bar stool and put their hands on the table or bar and push back, taking the front two legs off of the floor. The higher up one is, the easier it is to tip the chair or bar stool over backwards.
There it is. It costs more money to build a spectator stool because I must design it to keep the men from making fools of themselves as they wipe the drink off of their shirts after they fall on the floor.
The bottom line is if you can stay away from 35" and higher stools, you will save a lot of money. But if you must have a spectator stool, you will still save a lot of money by having me build it for you. If you need a 31", 32" 33" or 34" bar stool, you will save a lot of money by buying it from me.
And if you need a really tall bar stool, as one director did for a movie, I can build that too. Valentin, standing next to the stool is 6' 10" (yes he plays basketball) and Zak, sitting on the stool, is 6' 4" (yes he plays football)
So there you have it. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about extra tall bar stools.
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