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.
These stools, for example, have a backrest and a swivel base but they don’t have armrests. Their design offers them a rustic-industrial look which pairs well with the exposed brick. Traditional bar stool designs usually look something like this, although variations can also be found. It seems that these have leather-upholstered seats which offers an elegant look.
The industrial style goes very well with the whole kitchen concept because it’s based on materials such as stainless steel, iron, rough wood, etc. and these materials are often incorporated in the kitchen décor no matter what, especially because of all the appliances. So industrial-style bar stools often feature simple designs with metallic structures and wooden seats, sometimes being all-metal.
This is the same Onda bar stools featured in a different setting. The white combines well with the surrounding décor, keeping the ambiance airy, fresh and sophisticated.
The same quirky white bar stool is featured in a modern setting, accompanying a fresh and cheerful kitchen decorated in tones of white, steel and with a few strong green and red accents.
If kids are in the picture, you’ll definitely want to weigh more heavily those characteristics such as sturdiness (to prevent their accidentally tipping over), durability, and ease of cleaning. Of course, if the bar stools will be used exclusively (or, at least, primarily) by adults, you can afford to safely go with lower backs, more delicate stability, and swivel options.