Post # 1
So we are moving into a new condo soon, and just finished up some painting. This condo has space for barstools, and space for a very small table, but we thought we would just use barstools at the counter in lieu of a table for eating and save that space for something else (like a wine rack – priorities, priorities, lol).
However, I haven’t ever been in a situation where dining on barstools was my ONLY option, and I am worried after a while it would get old.
Does anyone only eat on barstools at a counter right now? Have you had both barstools and dining tables, and which did you like better? Do you think it is worth it to forgo a smaller table to save space?
Post # 3
We just had three barstools at our counter for about the first 8 months at our house. We would either sit and eat there or on the couch/coffee table. It never really bothered us.
We only have three barstools at the counter but have two extra ones that we often pull out when guests are over. It works fine.
We recently went and got this table from Ikea. It is a nice simple shape and can also expand. We used it a few times and it was nice to actually sit down and eat but for the most part we still just eat at the bar.
Post # 4
My sisters old house had a huge island in the kitchen with barstools opposite her separate dining room.
Now, while this is a completely different situation (two rooms, house vs condo etc), I do have a point (really I do!)
When we had ‘sit down meals’ she would use the dining room (mostly because there was a toddler about who could actually reach the dining chairs as opposed to the bar stools).
However, if it were just the adults around, cereal in the morning, lunches, snacking and even many a loooong chat over evening tea seemed to just naturally gravitate to the island/bar. It felt more relaxed & casual than sitting down formally at the dinning room table, and wasn’t in any way crowded or uncomfortable (this again depends on the space available).
Like caszos said it might be nice to actually have a table to sit down at from time to time, but again that depends on the space you have available, and if it is minimal you may end up a bit crowded.
FWIW in that particular situation I preferred the barstool dining to the dining room.
-the stools were comparably comfortable(if not moreso) to any dining chair I’ve ever sat in,
-more ‘open’ eating area — perk for me, not sure why.
-the kitchen/bar area had much more natural light than the dining room which was a bonus in that situation.
Post # 5
We have two bar stools in the kitchen at the island and a kitchen table in the dining room. We’ve been in the hosue for about 4 months and have NEVER sat at the table yet! I guess it depends how you entertain, etc. For us, we haven’t had any type of formal dinner party and we don’t have kids so at dinner we usually eat outside on the deck or in front of the tv ( i know, thats bad).
Could you start with a couple of stools and get a table later if you think you need one?
Post # 6
I think it depends on what you like. We have barstools but have never sat in them. I like sitting at a table for dinner. I especially would want a table if we had company.
Post # 7
We have barstools and a kitchen table. We never sit in the bar stools. However, we also picked up the barstools non-returnable on clearance for a steal, and unfortunately we didn’t realize the difference between bar height and counter height…. so if you sit on the barstools your legs get a little squished, so that might have something to do with it. They look good though!