One of my top priorities in our Florida rental house was replacing the tired upholstered counter stools. The old ones were super sturdy and comfy, but were a bit too large for the space and were starting to show their age. I searched through hundreds of styles of backless counter stools and thought I’d share some of my favorite finds with you today.
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Up until recently, I thought I’d only ever use counter stools or bar stools with backs to them. However, there are some situations where backless stools simply work better in a space! Not to mention, they can be a lot more cost-effective than their backed counterparts!
A few things to look for when searching for the perfect backless counter stool for your home:
- Check the seat height. I’ve found that even though many stools simply say “counter height” when you review the measurements, they can vary by several inches. Select one that makes the most sense for you and your family (or those that will use it most frequently).
- Verify maximum weight capacity. This number can also vary rather significantly. I was shocked to find that some counter stools and bar stools have a max weight limit of 200ish pounds. Needless to say, I ruled those out in my search.
- Consider the materials and finishes. Think about how the space will most be used. Is ensuring they’re wipeable and easy to clean of most importance? Will they mostly be used in a bar setting where food likely won’t be present? Is comfort more important than those other features? This should help you be able to narrow down styles to search for.
Backless Stools We’ve Used
In our pool house kitchen, we went with these backless woven white counter stools. We’ve had the version with backs in our kitchen for nearly four years now and have always been really impressed with the quality. In the pool house, I needed an option that could easily tuck under the counter without getting in the way when we use the island as a serving area. With this being the off-season, I’ve actually used the stools quite a bit as the island has transformed into my puzzle table. They are surprisingly comfy, and I don’t miss the backs as much as I thought I would!
SOURCES: Basket Pendant Lights | Aged Brass Star Sconces | Striped Runner Rug | Backless Woven Counter Stools | Cabinet Ball Knobs | Drawer Bin Pulls | Beverage Fridges | LVP Floors | Blue Serving Board | Seagrass-Wrapped Glasses | Seaglass Bowl | Faux Viburnum Stems | Blue Vase | Cabinet Colors: BM Simply White (perimeter) & BM Santorini Blue (island) | Countertops: White Macaubas Quartzite
In Florida, the living room and kitchen counter are fairly close to one another, so sticking with a backless option made the most sense. It helps to visually make the area feel larger when you can tuck the stools away without seeing them above the counter line! The stools we replaced were very similar to this set. Here is a quick iPhone progress pic of the coastal blue backless stools we chose (also available here and here at times). The price was right and I love the color they bring to an otherwise neutral space. Once the space is fully styled, I think they’ll look even cuter in here! I’m really happy with the quality, and I’ve heard from a few of you that also ordered them in the same or alternate color and love them too! We now know from experience at home that this style is also easy to clean, sturdy and comfy!
Modern Coastal Backless Counter Stools
Following are some of the modern coastal backless counter stools I found in my search. There are so many cute options out there right now! Click on any of the images below to learn more about each of the items. Most of them come in bar stool height, as well!
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