Simple counter stools are so difficult to find, that is why I really like this versatile Vanguard counter stool with a fabulous low profile. Customization is great: the leg finish can be changed and, while they have their own array of fabric choices, you can also go COM (your own fabric). Usually they run about $800 each before custom fabric. On the low end, West Elm makes a low profile stool (about an inch or so higher), but your finish and fabric choices are very limited. Still, a nice looking substitute if it works (a pair for $578).