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Pros and Cons of Backless Bar Stools

Backless bar stools for residential purposes serve a particular market niche. I find that bar stools, in general, add interest to a room or living room. Whether it’s a poolside bistro table or a raised breakfast bar, the height of these stools adds a unique flavor to the bedroom or living room. That said, the different types of stools should be used carefully and sparingly, as they don’t fit all venues. The use of backless bar stools requires even more care.

There are many reasons to choose a backless bar stool and some important reasons not to use these stools. Think carefully about what you really want before choosing a particular stool. The following is a non-exhaustive list of pros and cons of backless bar stools:


1. These stools are smaller. The stool itself takes up less overhead space and lends itself to a light and airy visual appearance. This type of stool can be used in tight spaces without appearing overbearing.

2. Adjustable seat height. Some stools have adjustable seat heights. This is good for musicians and artists. This feature also works well for people who need to work at a drawing board.

3. Cost per stool. These stools use fewer materials in construction and are therefore relatively cheaper. There are some backless bar stools that are very reasonably priced. Visit places like Canadian Tire and Ikea to find cheap stools. Both stores will provide a complete furniture inventory online.

4. Durability. The weakest part of a typical stool is the spindles that form the back of the chair. By removing a back you remove the weakest part of the meat. Over time, a backless bar stool should last longer, thereby saving you money and frustration.

5. Light weight and easy to move. This point speaks for itself. Although depending on the material used, some stools with a back are also quite light and can be easily moved.


6. Comfort. Bar stools with backs tend to be more comfortable by far. Backrest cannot be overrated when it comes to chairs. Bar stools range from very comfortable to quite uncomfortable and backless versions would be closer to the uncomfortable end of the spectrum. The importance of comfort depends on the purpose of the stool and how long you want to sit on it. One additional point is that upholstered or quilted options rarely come without a back. If upholstery is required, your choice will be limited to certain models.

7. Stools with backs tend to provide the person with a more stable and secure seating experience. If these chairs are intended for children or adults with mobility problems, it may be best to choose a model with a back.

8. Seat size. The size of the seat in a backless model can be very small. Don’t buy a model with a small seat without trying it out in the store first. This type is good for sitting for short periods of time.

The list mentioned above is just a brief example of some of the pros and cons of these stools. You need to determine what is best for you and what type will suit your needs. In a nutshell though, the two biggest determining factors would be the size of the space you want to use the bar stool in and the level of comfort you need. If you have a small space, it may be necessary to choose such a stool. If you demand comfort, you may want to avoid backless bar stools.

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