The Complete Buying Guide for the Gladiator Metal Collection

Posted by Stephanie Hilliard on Sep 01, 2023

The Complete Buying Guide for the Gladiator Metal Collection

Our Gladiator Collection is one of our most popular and long-running collections because it’s timeless! With this collection comes many, many choices for your restaurant seating. Each of these combinations bring a unique look to your restaurant’s space, making the possibilities endless for your design.  

This collection features chairs, swivel bar stools, bar stools, and a couple of backless bar stools so you can mix or match your restaurant seating flawlessly.   

Let’s talk about how to navigate the  Gladiator Metal Collection to order the right style for your establishment! 

Choose Your Back Design 

All three designs in the  Gladiator Metal Collection are flexible for different environments! Each is classic in silhouette, making them easy to be used interchangeably for any restaurant.  

101 Ladder Back Design

This is one of the most traditional styles you will see in restaurant furniture, and for good reason! The 101 design features ladder-like rungs on the back, finishing at the top with “dog ear” nubs. Although they don’t have a back, the backless bar stools in the Gladiator Metal Collection are categorized in this design as well for squared-off shape.  

202 Window Pane Back Design

The 202 design offers something unique with its latticed, window pane-looking back. This design creates a net-like meeting of the metals in the back that cradles customers’ backs and are a little different than your traditional silhouettes.  

606 Full Ladder Back Design

Similar to the 101 design, the 606 or full ladder back is just that. Each rung is connected to a wider frame, going all the way to the top with a thicker back brace than the regular ladder back.  

These backs are different from each other but still provide just enough support on your customers’ backs in each design.  

Choose Your Finish 

The three finishes in this collection have proven to be top-sellers and look great in a variety of design concepts.  

Black Finish

The black finish is the most traditional of all in this collection. You really can’t go wrong with the classic black powder coat!  

Clear Coat Finish

Perfect for rustic or industrial concepts, the clear coat finish showcases the frame welds which makes each seating item unique. The glossed metal looks especially great when paired with distressed wood tables. 

Rust Finish

This sleek metallic brown finish adds warmth to not only your seating, but the whole dining area. The rust finish is very versatile when it comes to pairing other furniture items. 

If, for whatever reason, you need to order different back designs, having the same finish is an easy way to keep the same look and flow for your layout. 

Most of the Gladiator style options are available in each finish, but some are not. You can see each item in these finishes  here, or please call our customer care team at 800-986-5352 if you’re having trouble finding the finish.  

Choose Your Seat 

Just like the back designs and finishes, your seat selection is another opportunity to inject some of your restaurant’s personality into the  Gladiator Metal Collection. On our website, we have broken down each back design and finish into these below seat categories to help you make a decision more easily.  

Vinyl Seat

The standard vinyl seat listing is for our stock vinyl seat offerings: black, wine, brown, and gray. These are seats that we traditionally try and have on hand for orders.  

Custom Vinyl Seat

The custom vinyl seats feature a number of colors that are made-to-order. When an order is placed with any of these type of vinyl seats, there will be an extended lead time as these need to be made in our production facility for your order. 

Wood Seat

Similar to the standard vinyl seats, we have a selection of wood seats that are more traditional in finish. These include natural, cherry, mahogany, and walnut. We try to stock each of these wood seats for orders to quickly get out the door with our quickest lead times. 

Rustic Wood Seat

If you’re looking for wood seats to match your distressed tables, our rustic wood seats are a great option! Within these listings, we offer our Urban Distressed (new wood distressed to look old) wood in three finishes and our Reclaimed (salvaged barn wood) wood in three finishes that are perfect matches to our table tops by the same name.  

With all the options that come with our Gladiator Metal Collection, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular among our customer base. We pride ourselves on giving you these options (and many of them ship with our quickest lead times!) to make your restaurant seating as unique as your menu.  

If you have questions about the Gladiator Metal Collection, or any of our furniture products, please give our customer care team a call at 800-986-5352 or use the chat function on We look forward to helping you find the perfect seating for your restaurant space!  

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