Knowing the correct bar stool and counter stool heights will save you time and money. How many of us have made the mistake of purchasing Rockpile Counter Stool Bordeaux 1the incorrect stool size for our counter or bar? I have to admit, I’ve made this mistake myself. I looked at my kitchen island and thought “Wow, that really looks high. I’d better buy the tall one.” Wrong!

Here are a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way that might be of help to you as well.

Typically, bar and counter stools come in 2 sizes. The size is determined by measuring from the floor to the top of the seat.

Most bar stools measure 30″ and counter stools 24″. Occasionally, a stool may vary in size by a couple of inches. Therefore, to find the correct size you need to measure from the floor to the bottom of your counter and then subtract 12″. This is not a perfect science, so take into account whether your stool is upholstered, has a cushion or if it has arms. A counter stool with arms may need extra space to clear the surface.

To determine how many stools you need for the length of your bar or counter, measure the width of your counter and divide by 24 (for example; total length = 72″ divided by 24″= 3 stools). If your stool has arms or a wide seat, you may want to divide by as much as 28″.

Benefits of a Natural Fiber Area Rug

Victoria Wool Jute Rug - SlateLet’s explore the benefits of a natural fiber rug. Natural fiber rugs are  known for their durability and extended life. Depending of what fibers are used to create an area rug will dictate what benefits are received. All natural fiber rugs can be used in high, medium and low traffic areas.  Listed below are your basic traffic zones.

High Traffic Area: entryways, family rooms & hallways

Medium Traffic Area: lining rooms & home office

Low Traffic Area: bedrooms & formal living rooms

Seagrass is extremely durable and recommended for entryways and high traffic zones. Seagrass rugs are often made with a latex backing, which helps hold the woven fibers in place. However, seagrass is not meant to brave the elements so it is not recommended for the outside.

Sisal is an extremely strong fiber but will stain more easily than Jute or Seagrass. You may not want to use a Sisal rug in an area where you would be concerned about excessive dirt and grime. Sisal rugs work best in a medium traffic areas and can actually help keep a room cool by absorbing humidity on hot summer nights.

Jute works best in medium traffic areas and is hard-wearing and long lasting. Jute is naturally shiny, holds dyes well, resists fading, and has natural anti-static properties. The plant itself is highly sustainable and needs no fertilizers while growing.

Coir, often used in doormats, is the ONLY natural fiber that will withstand extended exposure to water. If you live in an area that get excessive rain, coir is your best bet. Coir also has a natural  resistance to bacteria and fungus growth. If you are going to use a coir rug on a delicate surface, you should use a rug pad to protect your floor.

Our Santa Rosa show room located near Sebastopol has a wide selection of RUGS.

Curtain Top Types and Definitions

Curtain top types and definitions are extremely important if you are in the market for new draperies and the following guide will help you navigate the various types of curtain tops.

Curtain Heading: Top of your curtains.

Rod Pocket: This is a casing sewn at the top of the curtain, open at each end. Your curtain rod is slipped through the opening and is only visible on each end.

Tab Top: Fabric loops are sewn to the top of the curtains, at intervals, and the the rod is slipped through the opening of each loop. These also may have extra detail above the rod for a bow tie. This is a less formal look.

Grommet Top: Large grommets (metal circles with the center open) are placed at the top of the curtain panel. Your curtain rod weaves through the grommet openings and gives a minimalistic look to your window.

Box Pleated: Tailored curtain detail that features deep folds down the full length of the panels. The pleats butt into each other with no intervals between them.

Pencil Pleated: Stiffened tape is used to create a tighter pleated fabric. Hooks are used and either placed to show or conceal your drapery track.

Pinch Pleated: Similar to Pencil Pleats but gathers are in uniform sections.

Before hanging, measure carefully and consider how full you would like your curtains to be. You may need to double or triple width on fabric for the desired affect.

*special note: if you have found the perfect curtain fabric but not the style you are looking for, it is possible to change the look of your finished product. You can take tab top curtains and use the tabs to create a rod pocket by sewing the tabs down on the lining side of the curtains. Extra fabric on the bottom of your curtains can be used to fabricate Tab Top curtains. Lastly, with the help of your local upholstery service, adding Grommets to the tops of your panels is possible.