Remember these barstools?
Well, they didn’t work out as planned. I guess you can’t win every time. We actually ran into several problems with them before we finally pulled the plug and listed them on Craigslist. Issues starting popping up, umm… the day we got them. We loved the design, but they sat at 24″ inches, which just felt a little too low for our 37″ island counters. When it comes down to it, this was really just an error on our part since Overstock sells the same barstool in a ‘bar height’ versus the shorter ‘counter height’ that we ordered. So they could have worked in that department, had we measured correctly and really thought it through.
That being said, we didn’t beat ourselves up over it too long before we realized a longer list of issues. Nothing major, more just inconveniences. The seats didn’t have backs. It’s so weird to list this as a con, because one of the original must-haves on our hunt for barstools was something backless. I preferred the open feel that a bar stool without a back had. The kitchen is one of the first spaces you see when you enter our home and it’s open to several other rooms. A backless bar stool was nice aesthetically, in that it allowed the eye to pass through it and see directly into the kitchen. On the flip side, and obviously the more important side of things, we have little kids. Very little kids, a two year old and an 11 month old. It’s going to be a VERY long time before they (and hopefully future kiddos) can sit steadily in an open back chair. We realized this quickly and knew the change had to be made.
To top off these problems, I ran into one myself. Like I mentioned earlier, the kitchen is centrally located. We spend a WHOLE lot of time in here, specifically, me sitting at the island. I like to write up grocery lists, to-do lists, pay bills, and work on small crafty projects here. Since it’s directly next to the office, all of my supplies are right at hand, and it’s also next to the living room, which is where the girls find themselves playing most of the time. Read: It’s the only place I can be and get anything done. Now… try spending more than ten minutes in those cold, hard chairs. Doesn’t happen. Especially not in the dead of winter. Get me a blanket, I’m snuggling on the floor with the girls.
And that epically long detailing of why our previous bar stools didn’t work, leads me to these.
After two weeks without bar stools (we thought we’d narrowed it down to the one, we sold our previous stools, and then realized we didn’t like the new ones we’d landed on) we finally compromised on Ikea’s Henriksdale with a gray seat/back cover. And if anyone is wondering, we went with the shorter Henriksdale, at 26″ seat height. Yep, only two inches taller than our previous bar stools. And it makes a serious difference.
We considered a few other options, including this one from Overstock, but decided that the size of the Ikea option was the way to go (the Overstock only came with a 30″ seat height). We also fell hard for this bar stool, but it was WAY out of our price range. We’re thinking it’d be fun to refinish the legs on ours to achieve a similar look though. We even thought some fun nailhead trim would be cool, except we’d loose the slipcover feature if we chose to do that.
The slipcover option will probably win over the nailhead considering the damage Zoey has already done (a run through the washing machine and they’re like new). She’s been having way too much fun enjoying her new ‘big girl chairs’. And I won’t lie, having her at the island during breakfast and lunch is such a time saver. Clean up is a breeze, especially with our new trash can/cabinet hack. I literally just wipe down the entire island straight into the garbage. It’s amazing.
The new barstools ended up running us about $100 each, $70 for the chair frame and $30 for the cover (not sure why the frame is listed at $80 on Ikea’s website, but it was cheaper in store). Plus, we sold our previous three bar stools at $75 for the set, so that knocked down our ‘out of pocket’ cost to $75 per chair. Not bad.
How about you guys? Any design mistakes lately? Anyone switching out decor for something more practical?
Pssst- I just finished Zoey’s new headboard (literally minutes ago) and I’m dying to share it!! Hoping for next week!