Pub Tables Make Perfect Crafting Stations

With summer right around the corner, many people are trying to figure out what they are going to do with their vacation time. Given the current global environment, it is likely that people are going to be staying close to home. This means that everyone should think about ways to entertain themselves in the comfort of their own homes. This is where having an arts and crafts area is a great idea. While some people might be thinking about using their kitchen tables to do arts and crafts, craft tables that use pub tables and bar stools are actually better. There are a few reasons why.

More Storage Space Underneath the Table

First, when someone uses something that sits at counter-height, such as pub tables, there is more room to store items underneath. One of the biggest challenges of arts and crafts is figuring out where to store everything that is needed to make a beautiful art project. It would be annoying to have to get up constantly to get more materials. With a taller workstation, such as pub tables, this is no longer a problem. There is plenty of space underneath the table.

The Option To Sit or Stand

It can be annoying to sit at the table for hours on end. People can get sore after a while. On the other hand, standing up next to a kitchen table for arts and crafts is just not convenient. With a taller table, people have the option to either stand at the counter or use bar stools as seating. This type of flexibility makes it easier for people to stay comfortable when they are working on a project. This also allows people to work for longer periods of time, providing them with the ability to focus on what they’re doing.

Not Having To Clean Up Immediately

Finally, few people use their counters to eat. While people might use their counters to cook, there are probably other counters available to do this. This means that people who are in the middle of an arts and crafts project using a pub table will not have to clean up immediately. They will be able to leave the project out there and return to it later. This type of flexibility is not available with the kitchen table. They might have to move their project to make room for others to eat. Every time the project is moved, there is a chance that it might get damaged. Make sure the arts-and-crafts project has a dedicated area using a pub table.

Fun Materials for Arts and Crafts Projects this Summer

Summer is coming up quickly and people will probably have to stay close to home this year. Arts and crafts projects are a great way to stay busy. Anyone who is looking for material for craft tables should be sure to visit California Stools, Bars, and Dinettes today! There is a great selection of items to choose from!

How to Make the Most of Small Space

There are numerous benefits that come with living in an apartment. There is less space to take care of, no yard maintenance, and extra amenities like gyms, pools and common areas. At the same time, because apartments are smaller, every square foot counts. It’s important to know how to make the most of small spaces to live comfortably. Here are several tips that everyone should keep in mind.

Use Smaller Tables

Yes, there is something elegant that comes with having a full-size dining room table; however, it is challenging to shift a dining room table out of the way or maneuver it in such a way that it takes up less space. Instead, use a dinette set or a pub table. They’re still stylish but simply take up less room. If you have a lot of guests coming over and the table isn’t big enough, this might be a good time to spread the party out between the living area and the table. Furthermore, there might be a way to take the party outside to the pool, grill or another community area.

Consider Foldable Options

Alluding to the party situation above, it might be a good idea to find a table that can extend with an added leaf when necessary. The table can be kept small most of the time; however, if necessary, a leaf can be added to make room for a few extra people.

Another great example is a foldable bed. Rather than commit floor space to a full-size bed, consider finding a foldable option instead. This might include a pull-out couch or Murphy bed. Most of the time the couch will function as additional seating in the living area; however, in a pinch, this is a great place for a guest to sleep.

Vertical Storage

In houses, most people think of storage in a horizontal manner. Items are spread out through different rooms and closets. In an apartment, storage has to be planned vertically. The square footage is limited; however, if items are stored vertically, they still take up the same square footage. For example, consider stacking shelving units on top of each other. Have a few units side by side and then add more on top. This will stretch the storage space vertically instead of horizontally while also storing items efficiently. It might be helpful to loft the bed and store items underneath as well.

Living in Small Spaces with California Stools, Bars, and Dinettes

Apartment living is fantastic, but space can be limited so a little careful planning goes a long way. At California Stools, Bars, and Dinettes, we have two convenient locations in San Jose and Pleasant Hills. We have everything you need to make the most of apartment living. Come and visit us today!

5 Ways To Liven Up Your Patio

It’s finally heating up outside, which means more backyard barbecues and relaxing on the patio. But if your backyard isn’t exactly ready for guests, then there’s never been a better time to start remodeling and designing your space. Transforming your outdoor space can be as simple as adding a chic bistro table or as elaborate as installing a fountain. Here are five ways to level up your backyard for the summer.

Bistro Tables and Chairs

Bistro tables are perhaps one of the most versatile pieces of furniture, fitting seamlessly in the foyer, kitchen, and of course, your patio. In an outdoor setting, bistro tables provide an intimate space for an al fresco dinner or a quiet place for drinking your morning coffee. With a variety of fabrics and finishes, you’re able to choose your style: rustic, modern, industrial, coastal, etc.

Both our metal and wooden sets offer durability against many weather conditions. However, you may prefer a metal set for a more refined, modern look or wood for a warmer, more casual feel.

While bistro tables and chairs come in sets, bistro chairs can become an accent piece of their own. If you’re used to entertaining a large group of people, these chairs give a casual yet elegant feel to a long, outdoor table.

Patio Umbrellas

In theory, the summer sun beating down on you makes the season worthwhile, but in practice, it can leave you drained, burnt and seriously sweaty. A patio umbrella offers shade above your bistro table, while preventing fading, warping or overheating of metal bistro chairs.

Outdoor Area Rugs & Decorative Pillows

While you may opt for more muted décor indoors, outdoor furnishings lend themselves to bright colors, fun patterns and interesting textures. Liven up your patio with an outdoor area rug, decorative cushions, and throw pillows. Even if you choose a more understated bistro table, placing colorful pillows on your bistro chairs can add personality and comfort to your area, while giving you the freedom to change it up as frequently as you please.


Whether it’s a complete landscaping remodel with sod or a few box planters lining the deck, adding greenery can create a serene escape in the comfort of your home. Not to mention, it automatically transforms the look of your backyard. Adding a few trees provides natural shade, while making you feel more established in your home. If you start planting herbs, flowers, or veggies now, the bright colors and fruits of your labor will be waiting for you this summer.

String Lights

In the daytime, string lights create structure in your yard, forming lines and pathways to follow – but the nighttime is when these fixtures really thrive. Whether you’re having a romantic dinner for two or hosting a close group of friends for dinner and drinks, the twinkling lights help set the mood. You can also string lights throughout your newly planted trees for a whimsical, wonderland feel.

Bistro tables are a functional centerpiece to decorate around in your backyard. Whether you crave elegance, fun, or both, your bistro table offers versatility to meet your needs. No matter the size of your backyard, you can make your space larger than life with the right accessories – starting with the perfect bistro table.