The general opinion is that bar stools with backs are more comfortable than the backless ones. It’s quite logical actually. Having something to rest against is definitely comfortable and even ergonomic, especially if you’re sitting on the stool for long periods of time. Backless stools can be comfortable too, usually if they’re only used periodically or for short periods of time.
Another type is the counter-height stool which is the one we’re more interested in. These stools are smaller than the ones used in bars and restaurants and they’re the best for kitchen islands. They measure between 24” and 27” in height. Then there’s also the bar-height stool which is the same one you see in bars. These can be used for standard built-in bars and have a height of 28” to 33”. The fourth type is the extra tall stool which is somewhere between 33” and 36” tall. In its case the name pretty much speaks for itself.
There are several different types of stools which could be used in combination with a kitchen island. Some have a classic or traditional design, with a simple wooden frame and an upholstered seat. Others are quirky with frames make of baseball bats and customized in all sorts of ways. In these cases they’re usually handcrafted and made to order which ensures that each piece is unique.
The Glenn bar stool from Ikea is chic and functional for a variety of reasons. It has a curved white seat and a chrome-plated frame. It’s stackable and this allows you to save some space when the stools are not in use.
If not, usually you risk getting bar stools that are too high for your kitchen counter. For example, although these classic Tolix stools complement this island really well, they seem a bit too high for it. This means you’d be sacrificing comfort.
It’s hard to pinpoint the detail that makes the Portland stool so interesting. Some would say it’s the swirly shape but other would argue it’s the simplicity of the design and the beauty of solid steel frame. Either way, this black bar stool definitely knows how to stand out, even if the colors may not help.