I started the search before our house had even been built and thought I was going to end up with a set of Dalfred barstools from IKEA, as seen in my original kitchen plans (which obviously changed):
Things changed when we tested them out in the store and realized how wobbily they were when they were fully adjusted to 30" high. Insert sad face here.
Plan B involved Wisteria's tall Smart and Sleek stool:
[ Image via Wisteria ]
I loved the shape of the stool and the mix of metal and wood but ultimately passed on them because the price was too high and the wood was too light for my liking.
I've been looking at a bunch of different options here and there but none of them worked out for whatever reason. That all changed when I met the Arlo barstool:
[ Image via World Market ]
I happened to notice them while we were out buying our Elliott Wingback chairs. I liked the size and shape of them as well as their matte black finish. They were nice and sturdy and the $55, 50% off price tag was very appealing :)
The store we were at only had one in stock but two other stores a little further away had 4 of them in stock:
It was too late to go and get them that night so we waited until Saturday to pick them up. By we, I mean my mom and I. Hauling these bad boys home was the first furniture load she had in her brand new car! :)
Anyway, like I said before, I love the matte black finish and the fact that they're intentionally roughed up in some places:
Admittedly, I'm still adjusting to them. I like them, I do, but after not having barstools for 10 months, it's a little weird to have them. Does that make sense?
If you've got a keen eye, you may notice the similarities between the Arlo's and the extremely popular Tabouret barstool Overstock sells in about a bajillion colors:
[ Image via Overstock ]
The only difference I can see is that the Arlo's are missing the hole in the seat (one reason I preferred them over the Tabouret's), they're roughed up already so I won't melt down when they get their first scratch, and they have a matte finish instead of a glossy one. Other than that, they look identical to me!
What do you think of Arlo? Has it ever taken you 10+ months to buy something?