are a type of tall chair, often with a foot rest to support the feet. The height and narrowness of bar stools makes them suitable for use at bars and high tables in pubs or bars. In the 2010s, bar stools are becoming more popular in homes, usually placed at the kitchen counter, kitchen island, or a home bar. Bar stools are becoming more popular in homes because they are available in varied styles. Bar stools also allow for a higher view when eating, drinking, or socializing.
There are many different types of construction materials and models. Bar stools are often made of wood or metal. Bar stools are made with and without armrests, backs, and padding or upholstery on the seat surface. Bar stools can range from basic wooden designs to more complex ones with adjustable height. Extra tall and extra short are common features, as well as indoor bar stools and outdoor bar stools. In commercial settings, swivel and floor mounted bar stools are common. Floor mounting renders the stool immovable, so it cannot be stolen or used as a weapon in a bar fight. Floor-mounted stools are generally mounted on a column, but stools with legs can also be secured to the floor using metal brackets.
Some bar stools use polyurethane foam as comfortable padding.. Bar stools can be made from rattan or bamboo; these stools can be used to create a tiki bar effect. A popular style in bars and restaurants is a retro 1950 and 1960s look which use chrome and vinyl stools combined with matching benches or diner chairs. Stacking stools are often favored for their space-saving qualities. Some establishments use matching bar stools and chairs.
Aluminum is often used outdoors. Stacking aluminum stools and patio chairs are used by commercial premises. Indoors, wood and upholstery are popular in traditional settings. Bar stools are used in pool or billiard halls and the style of chair customized for such use is often called a "spectator chair".