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When we moved to our new house at the start of the summer the people who had owned the house previously left us some things that they didn't want to take with them to their new house as they were downsizing and moving too far away to make it practical to take unneccesary items. One such item (or items in this case) left were these Ikea Franklin Bar stools, which are the perfect height to sit at the little island in our kitchen. The previous owner had issues with her back and found these stools useful when she was cooking etc. Bar stools certainly wouldn't have been something I would have went out and bought since we have plenty of room for our main dining table within the kitchen however, now that I have got used to them, I am glad to have them.
These Ikea Franklin seats currently retail at either £23 or £25, depending on the size. There are two heights available for this chair, a 63cm and a 74cm. We have the latter of these as it fits the height of our island perfectly. These chairs also seem to come in a couple of different colours, ranging from white, black to the birch veneer with silver frame that we have. There isn't really anything fancy about these chairs. Their simplicity makes them modern and sleek for a kitchen, but for a lot of people, it is probably their usefulness that attracts them to these stools.
I cannot comment on how easy these chairs were to construct as they were already made for us, but I do like the fact that when not being used they can be folded to stand upright (against a wall etc) and be put in a cupboard etc out of the way. When we have people around and during the day, I tend to fold these chairs up and put them in our utility room against the wall. I wouldn't be 100% confident that if my daughter touched them, they wouldn't fall and hurt her, as there doesn't appear to be a mechanism to ensure the stool stays together when upright if it got knocked. So, I try to keep it out of her way. I have found it slightly cumbersome at times to fold these stools up quickly, especially when I am in a hurry leaving the house in the morning, but once folded they are easily stored, making them useful to those with little storage space as well. I tend to bring them out when I am cooking, baking or waiting for something in the oven and want to read something, as we would sit at the table for meals etc. The other brilliant thing these chairs can be used for is cutting hair. I have trimmed my husband's hair and my daughters hair (with my husband holding her steady!) whilst they sit on these stools as they are the perfect height for hair cutting!! There is a good back rest for support and the seat is comfortable enough for short periods of time. THere is also a foot rest which is the right height.
All in all, like all Ikea stuff, these are great value stools and I'm glad we were left them even though they wouldn't have been on my wish list when we moved house. Good basic stools that don't cost the earth
We have a large island in the middle of our kitchen, and for a little while after moving in I kept thinking that we could also maybe use the island as a breakfast bar, or even maybe just put some bar stools there for people to sit on and chat to the cook.
I had two requirements for the bar stools; one, they had to be cheap as I wasn't sure how much use they were going to end up getting, and two, I wanted bar stools that would also fold away when not in use so that we could just fold them up and pop them in the utility room when not in use.
So I spotted the Franklin bar stools in Ikea and I figured that they'd be perfect.
The Franklin bar stools come in three colours and two sizes.
Both of the sizes are available in all three colours, which are; birch veneer, brown-black, and white, all of which have a silver coloured framework.
The two sizes available are; 63cm - which is designed for breakfast bar heights of 90cm and which cost£23.00, and 74cm - which is designed for breakfast bar heights of 110cm and which cost £25.00
We bought the Franklin bar stools in the brown-black, in the 64cm size. None of the colours were really ideal for me, and the brown-black seemed like the best choice as we have black worktops.
The seats and the back rests are in brown-black 'wood', I'm not sure that it's wood as such, it's probably just chipboard. They are easy to just wipe clean as they are a kind of a coated wood. The framework of the bar stools is a silver coloured steel frame, which again is easy to just wipe clean.
The bar stools sit on little moving plastic feet which means that the bar stools sit level on the floor and don't move around, the little plastic feet also ensure that your floor surface won't end up getting scratched. They have a foot rest which has a black rubber tube around it so that your feet don't slip off the steel.
The bar stools are actually surprisingly comfortable, more so than I thought they would be, obviously you don't want to sit here all day, but for an hour or two over a leisurely brunch, or whilst sitting chatting in the kitchen then they are fine.
I think that the biggest problem that I have with the bar stools is that they are not height adjustable, in an ideal world they would be, but I guess that they were only cheap after all!
The bar stools fold up flat easily enough, and they are quite lightweight, so they are easy to just carry into the utility room to store them, where they don't really take up much space at all.
I like that they have a safety feature which ensures that they don't fold up when in use or if you decide to move the bar stool whilst it's opened out. To fold the bar stool you have to lift the seat portion off the framework, and lift the 'catch' that keeps it locked there before the bar stool will fold up. And then the opposite way when you're unfolding the bar stool, you have to ensure that the 'catch' under the seat actually 'clicks' into place onto the framework so that you know that it is securely opened out.
The bar stools just require a small amount of self assembly, which is literally just attaching the foot rest pieces. This just took my husband a minute or two to do each one, and you just need a cross head screwdriver to screw the two screws in which then hold each footrest in place.
We have actually used the bar stools quite a lot, and so I'm thinking of getting some much nicer ones (and much more expensive ones - ooops!) that I've spotted in John Lewis. I'll keep the Ikea Franklin bar stools as spares though as there's actually nothing wrong with them, and they are easily folded up and stored in the meantime.
As part of a revamp for our flat, my husband and I did big Ikea trip. That shop is amazing! I always come away with so many other ideas it can be quite dangerous! Last time we went we brought a breakfast bar, and 2 Franklin Bar Stools so we can eat in the kitchen area and not have to use our big dining room table.
The stools come in three colours, birch (natural wood colour), brown / black and white. We went for the birch option as it matched the breakfast bar. It also comes in two seat heights, 63cm or 74cm - we went for the 63cm option. It was easy to carry and transport .The stool comes ready to use, except the foot rest which just needs screwing in to place. Neither of us are technical people and usually end up in an argument when assembling furniture, but we both managed this no problem! Each leg has a plastic bit on the bottom to avoid scratching floors when pushing the stool around.
The total height when folded up is about 1m. To use, the seat is just pushed down where it is secured on two plastics clips on the base - it is imperative to ensure that this fastens correctly, or you may get tipped off the stool! It is comfortable to sit on and the foot rest adds to the comfort. The seat is slippery so you would not be able to put a cushion on to it as it would slide off. To store them away, the seat is moved up again and the chair is folded. We have ours up permanently so don't have to worry about this but there is no secure way to hold the chair together when it is folded.
Overall they have been a fantastic buy. We use these stools almost every day, and think they are great. There are more expensive ones out there but for £19.99 each (now increased to £23) I have found these a reasonable priced, easy to assemble and comfortable chair which is perfect for our needs. These chairs are only available at Ikea.
Thanks for reading.