“ Brand: Veebos / Type: Stool „
Without wishing to sound like a Groupon addict, these bar stools are another Groupon purchase, which was perfectly timed with our kitchen being fitted. We needed three bar stools to fit along our breakfast bar, and I'd had my eye on some bar stools elsewhere, which cost around £120 each, but every time I made steps to buy them I felt I couldn't really justify spending £360 on bar stools! Groupon came to the rescue in the form of these lovely stools from Veebos Home Furniture, costing a reasonable £89 for a set of two. This meant that we could get four, having one spare, for just £178.
At full price they cost £99 each, which isn't too bad considering decent quality bar stools don't come cheap. They are available in different colours including white, cream and black, although I notice on their website that the white ones are currently out of stock.
The stools we chose have a chrome base and footrest, and are padded with cream faux leather. The seated part of the stool, and the backrest, are both square in shape, and are separated into squares on the padding. It has thick, high density foam padding which makes it comfortable as well as looking stylish. The stool swivels 360 degrees, is height-adjustable, and has a chrome footrest.
In use, the first thing I noticed about the bar stools was how comfortable they looked. I wasn't disappointed. I usually find bar stools to be quite awkward to sit on, as you're constantly leaning forward and arching your back, but with these the padding is lovely and thick, and the back is also padded which makes it more comfortable to sit on because you can lean back without feeling like you're about to go flying off the back of the stool. Obviously, most people wouldn't sit on a stool for prolonged periods if there was a sofa on offer, but these are about as comfortable as I would expect a bar stool to be.
The stools get a lot of compliments in our kitchen, as they fit in so well with the style of the kitchen, but people also comment on how comfortable they are so it's not just us being biased. They are height-adjustable, but I've never needed to amend the height as they were perfect for our breakfast bar which is the height of a standard kitchen unit. Based on this, I would say these stools will be the right height for most breakfast bars, if the worktops are standard height.
The stools are reasonably heavy which makes them feel solid, and I expect to get a lot of use out of them before having to replace them. However, the weight could be too much for anyone with difficulty in lifting, and I also get nervous that people will drag them out rather than lifting, as this would not be good for our floor tiles! I tend to lift them out myself for people to sit on, that way I don't have to come across as resembling Monica from "Friends" when I run across the kitchen shouting "LIFT, DON'T DRAG!"
The only other downside is that the base of the stools gets dusty very easily, although I think this is more to do with the fact that our house is having ongoing renovation work done, rather than the stools attracting dust. I find the best way to clean them is with a damp cloth, and then buffing them with a towel or kitchen roll, as my husband tried to mop the bases once when he was mopping the floor, and it left streaks on the base which were worse than the dust!
Overall, I have no complaints with these bar stools, and they finish our kitchen off perfectly. The niggles I have raised don't really affect me personally, but I felt they may be relevant to other people. For this reason, I'm giving these stools the full five stars.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)