There are lots of bar-height dining sets out there. And every one we've ever seen leaves much to be desired. But there is a lot to be said for having a bar-height table in the kitchen (especially when space is tight):
A bar-height table can be used for prep space from day-to-day. But when you have a few folks over for dinner, pull up the stools and use it for sitting down to dine. This could even replace a dining table in small apartments.
If you're into this idea, but not into the bar-height sets available on the market, there are other options. Consider a simple stainless steel counter or butcher block top on a bar-height base with separately-purchased stools. It'll look much more stylish than a matching set and will work well as both kitchen prep surface and dining table.
What do you think? Would you go for this in a small space where everything needs at least a dual purpose?
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