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Chrome Stool and Bar Set

Life has never been more hectic, so the breakfast bar is becoming increasingly popular in Britain's homes, as a place to grab a quick bite to eat while you're getting ready for work, college or the school run.

When you've decided on a chrome stool and bar set, it's likely your kitchen is already quite modern, but you just need that set of cool stools to complete the look. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing kitchen breakfast bar stools, including the build quality, height adjustability, backrests, footrests and arms.

Though the legs may be chrome, there are a wide range of seat designs to choose from, available in many styles and colours to match your decor. Most are built around a central column with a round or square base that complements the seat. Some have plastic bucket seats that mould around your bottom snugly, while others are cushioned with leather or fabric.

Height wise, designs vary from adjustable height models to those with fixed seat heights. Since the majority of kitchen worktops and breakfast bars have a height of 90cm from the floor to the underside, any fixed seat stools should be around 65-70cm, giving you 20cm of legroom.

Backrests are useful, especially as you'll be perched higher up in the air than on a normal chair. Some backrests offer lots of lower back support, but what you achieve in comfort, you lose in style, as most of the aesthetically pleasing chairs have little to no backrest.

Footrests are handy for stability too and these are usually made from a thicker material than the rest of the stool, since they take quite a pounding from your feet, although they're always in proportion with the base.

Bases themselves can vary in diameter, with stool bases ranging from 38cm to 50cm. Those at the wider end of the scale tend to be made bigger to support a larger seat up top.

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