Even though the stools with backs win when it comes to comfort, there’s more to consider when choosing a style for a particular space. Backless stools have their charm too. For instance, a lot of people prefer them for the simple fact that they look sleek and beautiful and that they don’t clutter the space visually. Backless bar stools are also practical in the sense that you can tuck them under the counter to save space. So now that you know a little about both types and that you’ve also seen some wonderful designs, which one do you prefer?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?