Barstools with backs to add style and comfort to your kitchen

As a somewhat shorter person, I love sitting on barstools: unlike with some other chairs, the whole *point* is that my feet don’t reach the floor. But, as much as I agree that a bar stool has to look good, it also must be comfortable for optimum perching.

There are a few designs available, from plain wooden designs to elaborate barstools with backs and armrests, upholstered in sumptuous fabrics.

Arteriors barstool low back
Even a low back can still up the comfort. Walsh barstool in black leather and walnut, £4308, Arteriors.

Whether you place them at a breakfast bar for casual meals or create a cosy nook with a small high table, too, these seats can not only be comfortable but also practical. Tuck them underneath your island and they’re out of the way, but ready to welcome guests within seconds.

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And that’s not even taking into account the serious style points they can add.

Whether you prefer a more laid-back, raw look and choose raw wood or want to go all out with intricate designs and bright colours, barstools are an easy update.

Barstools don’t always have to be chunky or wooden. Jonathan Adler‘s Rider counter stool pairs delicately detailed metal frame with soft upholstery for an air of bistro feel. Shown here in Rialto Sky, priced £1050 each.

Not only that – you can even mix and match them, to create a very personal look.

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But enough talking… let’s look at some comfy styles that might soon make a home in your kitchen.

Upholstered designs

Softer colours can add calm and style to your space, no matter your colour scheme. This two-tone leather barstool and table set from Juliettes Interiors is an elegant addition to your kitchen – ideal for creating a cosy seating area for two. Price on application.
Sink into these cosy Fonda barstools and relax, no matter if you’re just starting the day or winding down. Shown here in Spiced Latte smart velvet, £450 each, with the Tom Dixon Stone pendant, £270, above. All from Sofa.com.
barstools with backs scalloped
I don’t know about you, but scalloped edges always make me perk up. There’s something so elegant about them, and these Sophia barstools, £95 each from Homebase, are no exception. Shown here in Teal, they are available in a range of colours, from a soft Blush pink to deep grey.
You can’t go wrong with a classic design. Simple and elegant, the Aspen barstool, around £569.98 (AUS $1065), from King is an elegant, comfortable solution that will fit any space.

Wooden barstools with backs

Garden Trading barstool
Pairing a bamboo seat with slim metal legs, the Hampstead barstool, £200, from Garden Trading instantly adds a summery feel to your kitchen.
barstools with backs wood
Simple design doesn’t automatically mean utilitarian. L Ercolani‘s Lara counter stool, £395 each, was originally designed for the hospitality industry, but also adds comfort to your home. It is also available in a black stain finish.
n collection design
Made from oak, the N4 barstool, £340, from Luxdeco combines Scandinavian design with a warm finish.

Featured image: Featuring two-tone upholstery, metal legs, and deep buttoning, these Modern Designer barstools from Juliettes Interiors will instantly add a luxe feel. Price on application.

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