Bar stools generally come in three different heights. The first type is the short bar stool. In this category you’ll find the table height stools that are 16-23” high and are suitable for 28-30” high surfaces. They can be a good alternative to regular chairs.
Speaking of a vintage or reclaimed vibe, these Knoll stools from Steven Shell of London are fantastic. Substantial yet with an elegant touch thanks to the curved bottom of the feet, they are available in a variety of finishes. Made from premium mahogany, the stools are hand finished and have a mortise and tenon frame construction. While they might be pieces with a vintage look, they are of a quality fit for handing down over time.
A backrest tends to be more comfortable. If your bar stool is in an area you’d like people to stop and stay awhile, this is definitely an option to consider. Just because a bar stool is designed without a back doesn’t mean it will lack comfort. Plus, stools without a back can be space-savers, tucking neatly under the countertop.
In traditional or rustic interiors, however, the accent is not as much on the sophisticated looks as it is on the way an element matches everything else around it and on the way it integrates in the whole décor composition.