Looking back when we were still looking for a house, I never like having in the kitchen bar stools. I felt like it over crowding the kitchen, and so we didn't put bar stools in the lists of the furniture we needed for our new house. Lately, while I was looking to the kitchen, I realized that I was wrong when I chose a bar instead of an island. The island would help make our kitchen more functional especially with bar stools...that way, we have a formal dining area as well as a nook (kind of). Oh well, there is nothing I can do now but lament. There was no on to blame but me because hubby let me choose whatever I want/need in our kitchen during our update meeting with the builder.