Retro Stools

By Adrian Higgins, 13th July, 2010

Delivering timeless chic and unparalleled style, retro bar stools boast designs that are decades old yet look fresh in any setting. Though trends come and go, this theme of furniture is always in fashion and constantly sought after, their vibrant colours and charismatic shapes injecting their surroundings with a much needed burst of character. Whether you’re looking for seating to match your retro themed decor, or are simply want to infuse your home with that classic all-American look, you’re sure to find something for you in our fabulous range.

Dating back to the American roadside diners of the 50s and 60s, retro style reflects the heavy use of sleek chromed steel, vivid colours and padded faux leather seating. The father of all bar stools, the Java Diner Stool, is a classic example, an iconic design that’s instantly recognisable, achingly cool and immensely popular.

Row of Stools in American Diner

Original Designs

Reminiscent of a bygone era, our traditional four legged chrome stools use the original fixed height design that was widespread in diners at the time. Providing an authentic diner seating experience, the four tubular mirrored chrome legs and flared feet ensure optimum stability as well as striking visual impact. A circular footrest doubles as a bracing for the frame and is ergonomically placed for comfort.

With an upholstered faux leather seat, colours are characteristically dynamic and eye-catching, namely vibrant red with contrasting white piping. Many designs include vertical panelling for that timeless style as well as added comfort. Reflecting the abundance of shiny metalwork on cars at the time, stool frames are always polished chrome, providing that iconic chic finish.


American Diner Stools and Table

New Gas Lift Models

As technology has evolved, traditional models have been updated for improved mobility. Gas lift retro bar stools offer the best of both worlds, delivering that classic roadside diner look with a modern twist for ease of use. With a gas lift mechanism for adjustable height and 360 degree swivel , they allow you to tailor height and position to your individual needs. Models like the Edge have a single chrome stem for further sturdiness, and in many commercial outlets are bolted to the floor for additional security.


Blue Chrome Metalwork on Vintage Car


Take a look at three of our most popular retro bar stools below:


The versatility of retro bar stools means they fit seamlessly with funky, vintage interiors as well as more ordinary decors. Whether they’re used to enhance American diner style interiors or as stylish statement pieces in more muted surroundings, go ahead and browse our full range of bar stools below to find the best fit for you.


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