How to Find Long-lasting Bucket Seat Bar Stools for Restaurants

Posted by Ryan Owens on Apr 22nd 2014

The high turnover that your restaurant experiences on a daily basis means that you need furniture that can withstand that kind of endurance test. After all, you are making an investment in your bar stools, chairs and tables, and if they fall apart after only a few months of intense usage, they haven’t provided a great return for your restaurant.

One of the biggest trends in stylish bar and restaurant settings is to have bucket seat bar stools at the bar. The intense comfort and perceived luxury of bucket seats encourages patrons to stay for a longer period, spend more and return often. However, if you purchase poorly designed chairs, you will find patrons turning away thanks to their rapid deterioration.

Here are a few ways to ensure that you purchase a high-quality bucket seat bar stool the first time.

Plywood Core

There is no question that wood has a natural durability that few other products are able to match. It makes sense, then, that you would want your restaurant furniture to be made with wood—but some manufacturers only use cardboard when making their bucket seat bar stools.

Be certain to ask whether the seats you are looking to buy have plywood for their core as these will last longer than other stools.

Structural Potential for Wear and Tear

You will want to look for seats that are designed to endure the wear and tear of heavy use. People like to slide in and out of bucket seat bar stools, so a waterfall edge is going to stand up better than a more standard edge. Try to avoid seats that have piping where people are likely to be sliding in or out.

Vinyl Quality

You will also need to ensure that your restaurant chairs are made from a commercial-grade, hospitality-weight vinyl. Remember that most manufacturers grade their own vinyl, so one seller’s 24-ounce vinyl could be another’s 20-ounce. Compare between manufacturers to ensure that you get the best quality for price.