The backless bar stool or counter stool has become an almost iconic piece of furniture. Not only is it found at the corner bar in the United States and the English pub, it can also be found at soda fountains, lunch counters, diners and other traditional American eateries. Many people will put backless bar stools into their homes to give them a more informal and relaxed feel. Since the 1950s many families have created recreational rooms or TV rooms with a bar and backless counter stools. The idea behind this décor is to recreate the fun and informality of the corner bar.
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Some families may also use backless stools around the kitchen table or a table in an informal dining area. This can give a dining area a less formal and more relaxed feeling. Another use for backless stools can be found in areas of the house set aside for a man – the “man cave” – such as the game room or den.
Since the 1970s some urban apartments for singles such as loft apartments have also featured backless counter stools. As with the use in home décor the idea was to create a more informal living environment.
Stools at Home
A popular trend in home décor, particularly in the 1970s and 80s, was to make homes less formal and more fun or relaxed. The addition of stools to the home and the creation of features such as home bars was part of this.
In the 1970s it was common for people to place bars in their homes, particularly in their basements. The bar was a common feature of the basement recreation or TV room in many 1970s ranch houses.
A more recent trend has been to create breakfast bars in kitchens. A breakfast bar is a counter where the family eats informal meals such as breakfast. Stools are often placed at the breakfast bar to emphasize the informality of this environment.
One drawback to the use of stools in the home is that they can be too high for children and smaller adults to sit on. Another is that some people simply don’t like sitting on a chair without a back.