Backless bar stools for residential purposes serve a particular niche market. I believe that bar stools, in general, add interest to a room or living space. Whether it is a pool side bistro table or a raised counter breakfast bar, the height of these stools adds some unique flavor to the room or living space. That said different types of stools must be used carefully and somewhat sparingly as they do not suit every location. The use of backless bar stools requires even more care.
There are many reasons to choose a bar stool without a back and a few major 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 airspace and lends itself to a light and airy visual appearance. This type of stool can be used in tight spaces without looking 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 you need to work at a drafting table.
3. Cost per stool. These stools use fewer materials in construction and are therefore relatively cheaper. There are some backless bar stools that are extremely reasonably priced. Check places like Canadian Tire and Ikea for cheap stools. Both of those stores will provide a complete inventory of furniture online.
4. Durability. The weakest part of a typical stool are the spindles that form the back of the chair. By eliminating a back you eliminate the weakest part of the chair. Over time a bar stool without a back should last longer and accordingly save 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 backs are also fairly light weight and can be moved around easily.
6. Comfort. Bar stools with backs tend to be more comfortable by a large measure. Back support cannot be over rated 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 how the purpose of the stool and the length of time you wish to sit on it. An additional point is that upholstered or cushioned options rarely come without backs. If upholstery is necessary your choice will be limited to certain models.
7. Stools with backs tend to provide a person with a more stable and secure sitting experience. If these chairs are intended for children or adults with mobility issues you might be best suited with choosing a model with a back.
8. Seat size. The seat size on a backless model can be very small. Do not buy a model with a small seat without trying it out in the store first. This type is good for sitting short periods of time
The above mentioned list 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. However, in a nut shell the two most determinative factors would be the size of the space you wish to use the bar stool and the level of comfort you require. If you have a small space it might be necessary to choose a such a stool. If you demand comfort, you might want to avoid backless bar stools.