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.
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.
When you think metal stool, these vintage chairs might come to mind. Thankfully they make them in bar stool height for farmhouse kitchens and industrial styling. Speaking of industrial, there are some really good industrial style bar stools like this black beauty. It’s iron features will blend seamlessly with the other black accents you have in your home.
Basically, the first thing you need to think about is in what space the bar stools will be going. This will provide a perfect starting point in your search. Will they be at the kitchen island and be used every day, many times a day? Or will they be tucked away in the basement kitchenette for the occasional holiday party?