When trips to the beach or mountains are out of the question, a “staycation” is an empowering way to enjoy leisure at home that’s convenient and affordable. During the financial crisis of 2008, staycations gained popularity as people sought to combine luxury and simplicity. Enter the outdoor kitchen– a permanent replication of the fresh, relaxing vacation atmosphere within the comfort of one’s home. By investing in an outdoor room, it became possible to entertain guests without going out. It was a way to engage with health movements that encouraged people to spend time outdoors and it was also a simple method of adding valuable square footage to a home. Essentially, it was a high-quality vacation spot, only steps off the back patio.
As outdoor kitchen trends continue to rise in 2016, Summer Classics hopes to provide inspiration for your designs. Whether you envision a dynamic entertainment venue or a quiet, relaxing patio, our large selection of luxury outdoor counter stools and barstools cater to your ideal look. Your choice of seating all depends on the environment you want to evoke in your staycation paradise.
In the 20th century Industrial Design movement, the notion of “form follows function” arose, meaning that a building’s shape reflects its intended purpose. This architectural concept certainly applies to outdoor seating. At a general height of 35-37,” bar stools are meant for lively discussions in social settings. The tall height allows for eye-level conversations with guests who are standing, and the open structure encourages mingling. If you’re interested in using your outdoor kitchen to entertain groups of guests, Summer Classics offers a wide selection of outdoor barstools. Outdoor bar seating can include items from our Croquet Teak collection. The French Country style evokes comfort as well as clean-cut sophistication. Barstools from the Skye Collection introduce a coastal look to outdoor rooms. Guests can enjoy direct conversation with a host standing behind the bar.
Outdoor Counter Stools
Made for a counter height between 23 and 28,” outdoor counter stools are tailored to a more relaxed style of entertaining. The medium height evokes an atmosphere more upscale than standard dining, but is less formal than bar height. Easy to slide into, they invite comfort and deep conversations between a few guests over dinner. If you want to aim for this relaxed approach to high dining, Summer Classics’ options adhere to your stylistic choices. For example, the elegant cast aluminum Provance counter stools bring out a traditional, classic feel. The ring stretcher and motion capabilities add an extra twist.
By contrast, the Rustic Collection, features a wicker and aluminum structure. The simplistic design evokes warmth and a sense of laid-back luxury. By creating counter stools in various collections, we hope you’ll be inspired by at least one of our designs to create an outdoor kitchen that represents your entertaining style.
Other Outdoor Dining Options
If elevated dining is not the environment you’d like for your outdoor kitchen, we offer several standard height and low dining products, as well. Rustic side chairs make a comfortable arrangement around a Club Aluminum table, designed for traditional group meals. Gathered around a fire pit Classic Wicker Euro Chairs make a great arrangement. A Summer Classics invention, the Euro chair is a low dining option that sits comfortably between dining and lounge height. The function behind the Euro chair is to create an environment for group chats, where people stay long after dinner to spend time with each other. Complete with plush cushions for comfort, guests may never want to leave.
A Look of Permanence
An outdoor kitchen is much more than a grill and a patio set. Part of this trend is to create a look of permanence — even if you won’t be able to use your outdoor room year round. Many outdoor kitchens feature stonework that blends with the patio surface. Gas grills are often built into stone counters, and sinks and refrigerators bring convenience to the setting. Barstools and chair seating are fantastic for large group gatherings and counter stools are ideal for more intimate chats, choosing seating for your outdoor kitchen deserves greater consideration than planning a dinner party or hosting guests for a wine night. It’s about your permanent outdoor lifestyle. At Summer Classics, we believe in providing “Life’s Best Moments… Furnished.” Our goal is to offer materials that will inspire you to create your perfect outdoor kitchen. Specifically, an outdoor kitchen that is meant to last.