And for good reason. Islands and breakfast bars help you maximise your cooking space, they give you more storage room and, most importantly, they provide a central focal point for you and your family to gather around.
They make great perching places in the morning, where everyone can grab a quick breakfast before heading to work or school. And in the evenings, they make great shared spaces where cooking, homework and after-school chores happen seamlessly.
To create the perfect family kitchen environment you will need to make sure you pick some good stools that will attract bums at all times of the day.
Here is our rundown of five of the best stools for breakfast bars and kitchen islands.
This industrial-look metal bar stool is perfect for modern kitchens. Coming in a range of bright shades, these stools are perfect for adding a splash of colour to an otherwise dull kitchen.
At 61cm high, these stools are a little shorter than some of the others – so these stools will probably only work with a shorter kitchen island or breakfast bar.
Something of a throwback from those high school chemistry lessons, wood and metal seat wouldn’t look out of place in rustic or modern kitchens.
Several manufacturers have made seats that look like this one. But with two in the set, Yaheetech represents excellent value for money.
Made using black weather and tanned walnut wood, this fantastically comfortable seat would look great in a city centre bachelor pad.
The bar stools can swivel through 360 degrees and they are fully height adjustable. They also have a comfortable tub-style seat, with excellent back support.
Smart black leather bar stools with a back support lip for your family’s comfort.
These sturdy chairs won’t fall apart if you sit on them and they are used in trendy homes and bars right across the country. Just watch they aren’t too bulky for your kitchen though.
Want something a little bit quirkier for your kitchen remodel project? These patterned bar stools from WOLTU could be the perfect complement for your breakfast bar.
These will work perfectly in lots of non-traditional kitchens, particularly those that rely heavily on natural woods and plain colour schemes.