If your stool doesn’t have a strong frame, you don’t have much of a stool. A wobbly frame isn’t just a hazard for falls – it’s uncomfortable to sit in!
The two main types of metal frames you’ll find on the market are welded and screwed.
Virtually all of the metal frame stools you’ll find at Barstool Comforts have welded frames. Here’s what makes welded frames better than frames held together by screws:
Welding joins metals at the molecular level to create a single piece of metal. With a welded stool, you’re not sitting on an assembly of legs, footrest and supports – you’re sitting on one solid piece of metal from seat to floor.
No Sharp Edges
Screws have tiny points that can work their way out of a stool over time, exposing sharp or snag-producing edges. With welded stools, there’s no such thing – again, it’s just a single piece of metal that needs no additional fasteners.
Stools go through a lot – twisting, torquing, pulling, dragging, and yes, occasionally being knocked over by a sprinting dog. The force of these thousands of little knocks and dings can eventually loosen the screws in a stool, causing it to wobble or collapse. Not the case with welded stools, where there’s nothing to wriggle loose.
Better and Longer-Lasting Finish
Welded stools allow for a better “powder-coated” metal finish because they don’t have any holes or fasteners on their surfaces. The finish can be applied in a single protective coat over the entire frame.
Screw holes, on the other hand, are gaps where moisture and dirt can enter the stool’s metal work, get under the finish, and start a chain reaction of chipping and wear.
It’s hard to believe that the quality of a barstool depends on all of these little things, but it really does!
Here’s 4 of our best selling stools that are fully welded at the joints:
Why Custom-Steel Stools are the Best Stools to Buy
Bar stools can be divided into two groups, custom or “off the rack”. With custom stools, you specify one or more aspects of the stool’s design in your order, and then it’s built especially for you. Usually you can request a particular seat height, seat type, upholstery, arms and more.
Custom steel stools are built strong.
They tend to have a higher build quality than “off the rack” stools because they’re built to order. We’ve found custom stools:
- Last much longer because they tend to have fully welded frames.
- Have the best quality fabrics and vinyls.
- Have the best quality swivel plates—usually from Trendler, the best on the market. (All of our custom swivel stools use Trendler swivel plates.)
- Protect your floors better with nylon caps on the bottoms of the feet. You can also add felt pads for extra protection.
- Save you money in the long run because they last so much longer than “off the rack” stools from big-box stores.
- Are easier to put together because they have welded frames, not screwed. You simply connect the seat to the base (the legs part) with four screws. So simple, and it saves you so much time and frustration.
Custom stools last longer.
They also last longer because there are lots of things you can do to extend the stool’s life. You can:
- Reupholster the stool if you want to change the seat color. Simply, unscrew the four bolts underneath the seat and the seat pad will come off. We recently reupholstered one of our kitchen stools. It was quick, easy, and made the stool look fresh.
- Buy a new base that’s taller or shorter if you move to a new home with a different counter height. It’s better than throwing away a beloved stool.
- Convert a swivel stool to a fixed-seat stool by installing a screw underneath the seat which will prevent the stool from swiveling (the instructions are on this blog post)
If you have any questions about our stools, how they’re made, or what makes them the best around, please let us know – we love talking about stools!