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.
When you’ve got little people around the house, you really need a bar stool that will make things easy and safe for them. These metal stools provide a step up for little legs and a high back for safe sitting. Plus those microfiber seats will be easy for you to clean at the end of the day.
The Eyes bar stool by Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen is so cute you just have to have it. It’s a neo-classic, with a simple design and a subtle retro touch. The buttons in the backrest resemble two eyes and, despite the specific design accents, the stool is very versatile.
Another rustic bar stool with a more casual vibe is this one from Bella Rustica. The lively color and hand-tooled leather accent down the middle add special details to this piece, as does the nailhead trim. For those who prefer a backrest on their bar stool, this counter-height stool from Go Home has a slim profile and spare back. The more substantial wood construction makes this a good choice for a casual living space.
You can take advantage of a neutral color such as black to emphasize other details in a bar stool’s design. For example, these ones have carved out backrests that give them a very stylish and elegant look and they all serve as focal points for the kitchen.
You’ll want to measure your counter height and make sure there is enough space between the bar stool seat and the bottom of the counter. A 10”-12” difference is recommended for optimum comfort and functionality.