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08.06.12 / Those Stools

I’ve had a lot of questions regarding the stools at our kitchen island. Mainly, do we like them and how kid-friendly are they? So, let’s talk stools.

They are the tabouret metal counter {24″} stools and I bought them on Overstock back in January. I think they’re listed at $79.99/pair now but I got mine at $74.99/pair along with a 7% coupon discount {FYI – Overstock regularly mails out 7% off coupons to registered customers} which brought them to $69.75/pair. I bought two pair. With shipping included, I paid $142.45 for the four stools.

I was looking for a stool with no back or a stool that swiveled to allow people sitting at the island to turn and converse with people in the adjoining family room. I wanted an industrial style. I first saw these stools on Urban Grace.

I’m not positive they are the exact same stool that Erika has in her kitchen but they look spot on to me. Once I saw her two-year-old daughter sitting on one, I figured if they worked for her they’d work for my older boys.

What can I say? I love them. They are about as industrial as you can get in a family-friendly home. I’m so happy I went for a backless stool as they tuck in under the island overhang nicely. They look tidy and allow foot traffic to pass by easily. I also like that they don’t impede the view from the kitchen to the family room and vice versa.

We don’t notice the hole in the seat while sitting. Maybe a larger person would? The cutout comes in handy when pulling the stools out to sit or sweep up crumbs. Just stick one hand through to grasp and lift the stool. Easy.

{That’s Layne and Everett fresh out of bed in their pj’s. Yes, Everett sometimes wears a hat to bed.} The boys are doing well on them. My kids are wiggle butts when it comes to sitting down and eating a meal. We are constantly telling them to sit down, sit still. The counter stools are a good lesson in learning though! If they move too much, they fall. So, they’re catching on that squirming around = slipping off. They’re old enough to catch themselves when they do slip {Layne is 7; Everett is 4} so no one is getting bumped or bruised. And it never fails…when Everett is dressed up in one of his cheap Batman or Spiderman costumes, the silky fabric causes him to slip more easily.

I don’t know how well the stools would work for younger kids {say, <3 years} but we’ll find out with Mabrey. An observant reader noticed that we only have 4 stools but 5 people in our family. When we designed the kitchen, we had no idea we would be adding to our family of four. A 9′ island with four stools was perfect. Well, our newest addition has kind of shaken things up a bit. While she’s little, we’ll just pull her highchair up to the end of the island. After that, I’m not sure. For most meals and snacks, it’s just me and the kids so we’d be fine during the day with HH at work. We’ll also have a dining table in the mudroom if we need it for family dinners and I do plan to buy an upholstered stool with a back for the desk area in the kitchen that we could pull up to the island too. We’ll have options. No one will be sitting/eating alone.

The stools have their drawbacks. For one, the metal is cold on the tush. Great on hot days but I’m guessing not-so-great on chilly winter mornings. We’ll just have to dress accordingly…hello flannel pajama pants.

The other con I’ve run into is that while the stools come with ‘non-marking foot glides’, they aren’t 100% scratch proof on wood floors. We encountered a problem when a house guest weighing >250 lbs sat on one of the stools {I later discovered that the weight limit for stools is 250 lbs} and left a small indentation on the floor at the island. From the weight, one of the foot glides was compressed so that a hard plastic piece in the middle of the foot came in contact with the wood floor. It left a knick in the floor. Totally not noticeable unless you’re the one cleaning the floor but it was disconcerting. I mean, really, who would post a sign on the stools stating ‘max weight limit 250 lbs’ or check guests’ weight at the front door?! Instead, I bought some self-adhering protective furniture pads and stuck them to the bottom of each stool leg. So far, so good. The same house guest has visited again and sat on the stools with no more indentations. Oh, and apparently exceeding the weight limit by a mere 10-20 lbs doesn’t mean your bar stools will crumple beneath the weight. Whew.

I guess if you have >250 lb’ers in your family or as regular house guests, then the 250 lb weigh limit is something to consider. Now you know.

All in all, I’m very satisfied with the stools. Especially for the price I paid…~$35/stool! Love the industrial look. They’re sturdy and don’t wobble.┬áThe metal is durable and easy to wipe down. I’d highly recommend them.

Any other questions/concerns that I didn’t address? Just leave ‘em in the comments field and I’ll see what I can do.

images: all except #3 by Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 3) Erika McPherson Powell

 

40 Comments

06.August.2012

I love that Everett sometimes sleeps with a hat on. The other night, my five-year-old wore a clip-on tie to bed!

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replied on August 7th, 2012

That’s all kinds of awesome :-)

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06.August.2012

We have 8 of these stools around our oversized kitchen island (we have no traditional dining room) that I bought after you originally posted about them:-) Thank you for the recommendation…..they are perfect!

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06.August.2012

i’m sooo glad you posted this today! i’ve had the red version of these stools in my shopping cart at overstock for months, but wasn’t quite sure and now i’m going to pull the trigger – though i might have to go with the silver (safer, less pre-school, we’ll see :) anyhoo, i’m going for it…we are so sick of our old stools (pre-kitchen remodel) hitting the new island and scraping the paint off the lockers. yippee.

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06.August.2012

We grew up a family of four and we only had 2 stools regularly at the counter, one in the corner we’d pull up for meals and we’d have a tighter squeeze, and my mom would always take a seated step stool and sit on the endcap of the island (actually a peninsula in our case.) So we made it work, and you will have no problem.

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06.August.2012

An unsolicited suggestion for Maybrey…. We have an inglesina hook on chair on our island and we love it. Might be a good solution for a couple years for your family.

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06.August.2012

The boys have grown soooo much. Of course since your blog began, but it seems like a lot in the last couple of months. They totally look like summer kids – tousled morning hair and sleepy smiley faces. Stools look great! Nice to know their strengths (and weaknesses)

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06.August.2012

I know you don’t have much storage space, but it looks like the stools stack – does it make sense to buy another pair so that you could squeeze 5 or 6 at the island if necessary? I’m envisioning your home being the house where all the neighborhood kids end up.

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replied on August 6th, 2012

HH has already mentioned that! Yes, the stools stack. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.

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06.August.2012

I can’t help it … “let’s talk stools” … hahahaha.

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06.August.2012

Question not about the stools (although I do love them & they work beautifully in your kitchen)…what kind of high chair do you plan on getting for Mabrey? Or do you know yet? Just curious.

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06.August.2012

On the subject of furniture for Mabrey, you mentioned awhile back that you had purchased a crib at IKEA. Can we hope to see some nursery photos sometime soon?

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replied on August 6th, 2012

Yes – would love to see some nursery pics too! Also another update on the rest of the house!

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replied on August 7th, 2012

I also would love to see what other purchases in general you have made for your home… especially in the master bedroom.

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replied on August 7th, 2012

In all honesty, there’s nothing in the master bedroom but our bed so far. Trying to not get too ADHD and instead focus on one thing at a time. But…I did just order some nightstands!

06.August.2012

love them! what a great price! the original tolix are dreamy but for $35 for something so similar you can’t go wrong.

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06.August.2012

I have metal stools that I love (from Ctate & Barell, they swivel). Last winter I just draped an Ikea sheepskin rug over the top of each and it’s warm and comfy. Has a nordic look. I think the rugs were each about $30′ if I remember correctly. Just an idea…

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06.August.2012

They’re hideous, lol. I’m glad they work with your family, though.

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07.August.2012

Your baby boys have gotten so big

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replied on August 7th, 2012

I know! Layne is starting 2nd grade next week and I just signed Everett up for preK. Surreal.

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07.August.2012

Did the commenter above me really say that? Honestly, these would be my barstools of choice if I were to replace my current ones. I love everything about them.

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replied on August 7th, 2012

Oh, and your chairs could very well be the same as your inspiration photo. Those are definitely replicas as well. Tolix has their name stamped on theirs.

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replied on August 7th, 2012

Heaven forbid someone have a difference in opinion!

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replied on August 7th, 2012

Good to know!

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07.August.2012

Love your product reviews!! Can you talk about your couch?? I’ve totally been stalking your renovations but am completely nervous about buying a couch online! Love to hear your thoughts!!

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07.August.2012

I’ve loved them since you started talking about them and they look great. I’m glad to know they are working well. I had a patio poured this spring and an outside bar is on the project list – I was hoping to order these for the bar. Have to get the bar first though!

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Those stools are great. We considered getting the same ones for our kitchen reno, but decided on some from World Market instead. Here’s a post about all the stools we looked at before getting ours: http://ourhumbleabowedblog.com/2011/11/22/belly-up-to-the-bar/

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Dana, thanks for the review! I’ll be getting these chairs too. They sound perfect.

PS. unsolicited advise, but the Boone high chair is perfect for islands. We have one and loved it (until the baby decided she wanted to sit on a regular chair like mom and dad).

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07.August.2012

I wonder if you can add some fabric or a thin cushion on the seats for the wintertime. But that might not go well with the overall look & feel of your kitchen. I just know I don’t like sitting on cold metal stools when they are cold!

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replied on August 7th, 2012

I just saw today on another blog that has the same stools in the kitchen and they had custom cushions made that strap around the bottom of the seat to the top of the legs. Looks great! Something to keep in mind whenever I get around to sewing anything again.

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07.August.2012

I bought these stools a month or two ago, but in black – love them! I’m concerned about them scratching our new wood floors too. I will have to look for pads to put on the feet.

I have a question about your black-brown IKEA cabinets! How did you pick a paint color to match? We are about to paint our kick plates and I’m worried about matching. We also have to paint the inner sides of the cabinets where we put our stove because you can see in there, and I think there is not enough room for a Ramsjo trim plate like those that go on the outside of the cabinets. Thanks!!

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replied on August 7th, 2012

Haven’t got a match just yet! Our kick plates and screw holes on the back of the island aren’t painted yet. Just puttied with tinted putty which helps enough for picture-taking purposes. I need to find a paint match for the lower {black} and upper {white} cabinets both. We’re adding trim to the bottom of the uppers to hide under-cabinet lighting that we’ll add. I’ll be sure to share when I find matches!

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09.August.2012

Love the stools I have the same ones for our bar. Yes they are very chilly, but I love how sturdy and comfy they are for a stool. The kitchen looks great!

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After you told me where you got them via facebook I purchased 4 stools and 8 chairs. I LOVE them!! Thanks.

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replied on August 10th, 2012

Great!

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13.August.2012

I love the pictures, that helps with my shopping around. They look very sturdy I like how you can kind of hide them away underneath.

thanks

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13.August.2012

My husband and I are trying to spruce up an espresso kitchen so that I don’t paint my cabinets white. We both loved your stools and actually purchased them. Now I have to ask where did you find your hardware for cabinets and the name of them? Thanks so much!

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18.March.2013

Love these stools….. wanted to know if you were still happy with them? Comfortable? Still finding them chilly, or did you find a fix for that?

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replied on March 18th, 2013

Our kitchen stools are still going strong! They look brand new even with three kids roughing them up daily. They are cold to the touch on chilly mornings. But once the house warms up, they do too. Or we just wear warm pants ;)

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