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industrial bar stool picks for your pub or restaurant

If you’re looking for an easy way to update your pub or restaurant, you won’t find an easier option than the addition of industrial-style barstools. But don’t just take our word for it. Today’s blog discusses the viral appeal of the industrial furnishings and lists our top barstool picks that give off that endlessly appealing industrial vibe.

What’s so great about industrial furnishings?

Let’s just say the industrial design aesthetic has been having a moment over the last decade…and it shows no sign of slowing down. Perhaps this is due to the modern simplicity of industrial design, with its nod to the industrial revolution and use of materials more commonplace in an older era.

Industrial styling incorporates the warm rustic feel of natural woods with the sleek, cool strength of metal, creating a look that evokes the feel of an old-fashioned factory or warehouse. Other features of this design style include bare bulbs, exposed pipes, and elements of brick and/or concrete.

One of the most compelling arguments for embracing industrial design is this—you can find items that compliment this styling at a variety of price points, and updating your barstools is a great way to bring in a bit of the industry without committing to a complete overhaul of your space.

But before we offer our list of barstool picks, we must make…

A case for commercial furniture.

We know how important it is for those of us in the hospitality industry to come in under budget…especially when we’re updating our furnishings. And you may be tempted to choose residential barstools offered at outrageous bargain prices from big-box discount stores, especially when you think about all that money you’ll save.

Please believe us when we say…don’t do it.

The truth is commercial furniture may cost you more…but for good reason. It is constructed with commercial use in mind, meaning it is built to hold up against the extraordinary wear and tear restaurant and pub furniture must endure. And, in the long run, commercial furniture will likely cost you less as you won’t be forced to replace residential pieces that will break in a matter of months.

Now that we have that out of the way, we’d like to share some of our favorite commercial bar stool options for creating that industrial vibe…and we think you’ll be surprised at how varied the options are!

All Metal


These Tolix barstools are crafted from galvanized metal and incorporate a low-profile design with a long-lasting finish. Many bar owners love them because, without arms or backs, you can squeeze quite a few into the tightest of spaces. They are available in a variety of colorways, though for the industrial vibe, a moody black or gray will certainly work well.

Another benefit—they are remarkably lightweight, a serious plus when you’re cleaning up at the end of a busy night of service.


If you have a bit more space and are looking for something slightly more comfortable for your patrons, you may want to consider the Eva barstool.

Once again, the all-metal design blends seamlessly into an industrial setting, but the Eva ups the comfort factor thanks to a low-profile half back, allowing guests to rest more comfortably.

These barstools work equally well at an indoor bar or on an outdoor patio.

All Wood

At the other end of the industrial spectrum lie barstools with an all-wood appearance and, if the term “all-wood” instantly has dollar signs floating in front of your eyes, we have good news—advancements within the hospitality industry have led to the creation of faux wood seating that gives the warm appeal of authentic wood without the high-dollar price tag.


If you’re looking for an authentic wood barstool that hearkens back to days gone by, you won’t do better than the No. 18 Bentwood.

Expertly crafted from beechwood and dyed with a rich walnut stain, these stools add the perfect level of understated class to any establishment.

And believe us when we say your guests will appreciate the padded seating the Bentwood has to offer.

And if you’re looking for something a little less traditional and a bit more modern, take a look at the Elbow barstool. It’s made from solid, hardwood American Oak…which means it will last for decades (about the time you’re ready to revamp your seating once again).

Again, the low-rise back gives guests a more comfortable experience, and comfy guests tend to spend more time and money at the bar.


Metal/Wood Combo Stools

Last but certainly not least, we have the style most people attribute to industrial styling—the combination of metal and wood.

With these stools, you really do get the best of both worlds—the warmth and appeal of wood balanced against the cool ruggedness of metal.

Both the Smith and the Genoa bar stools are wonderful examples of this timeless design style.

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If you’re ready to explore the wonderful world of industrial seating, we hope you’ll contact us at Have a Seat. We have a wide selection of chairs and barstools in a variety of styles that are sure to meet your needs.

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