10 Easy Pieces: Counter Stools with Backs by

Issue 11 · Elegant Tabletops · March 18, 2009

10 Easy Pieces: Counter Stools with Backs

Issue 11 · Elegant Tabletops · March 18, 2009

From guest editor Allison:

While kitchen stools with backs are not as glamorous as their swivel bar-stool cousins, they are an essential item for households with children. Perhaps this is why so many are reminiscent of schoolhouse furniture, a feature we find particularly appealing. Below are a few options that are as stylish as they are sensible.


Case Study Dowel Stool, Remodelista

Above: Case Study's Dowel Counter Stool comes in 20 colors; $490 with a maple base at Modernica.

Artek High Chair K65, Remodelista

Above: High Chair K65 by Alvar Aalto for Artek makes a great wooden stool; $485 at Unica Home; photo from Nest.

DWR Bertoia Counter Stool, Remodelista

Above: The Bertoia Counter Metal Stool at Design Within Reach is $959; available in chrome, black, and white.

Cherner Wood Leg Stool, Remodelista

Above: The Cherner Wood Leg Counter Stool is $749 at Hive Modern; photo from Nest.


Emeco Navy Stool, Remodelista

Above: Emeco Navy Metal Stool; $730 to $1650 (depending on finish) at Design Public. (N.B. For more industrial stool ideas, see "High to Low: Industrial Stools.")

Restoration Hardware Schoolhouse Counter Stool, Remodelista

Above: The Metal Schoolhouse Counter Stool is a reliable workshop basic; currently on sale for $149 at Restoration Hardware. Tabouret Tolix Kitchen Counter Stool from Loft Butik, Remodelista

Above: The Haute Tabouret Tolix is available from Loft Butik starting at €538 for the 65 cm counter stool. The Tabouret Stool with a Short Back is sold in the US through Melissa Edelman Antiquaire, a Chicago-area dealer who represents the full line of Tolix industrial stools, chairs, tables, and lockers in an array of custom colors; pricing information is available upon request.

Precision Stool from DWR, Remodelista

Above: Stainless-steel Precision Stool with Backrest; on sale for $556.50 (down from $795) at Design Within Reach.


Home Decorators Director's Counter Stool, Remodelista

Above: Director's Wood Counter Stool; $49 at Home Decorators Collection.

Crate and Barrel Basque Kitchen Counter Stool, Remodelista

Above: Crate & Barrel's Basque Java Kitchen Counter Stool is $259.

Lekker Home Teak N3 Counter Stool, Remodelista

Above: Teak N3 Kitchen Counter Stool; $400 at Lekker Home.

(N.B. For more stool options, see our favorite red industrial bar stools.)

Have an opinion? Care to comment? We'd love to hear what you have to say.