Having an informal and relaxed seating area within the kitchen of a home creates a space where family members can get together at meal times and throughout the day. Stools and benches have a slightly more transient feel to them than upright chairs, which can help to form a space which is open and inviting at all times of day or night. Wooden stools and benches can be polished or painted to match the rest of the décor, or covered with cushions and throws for a softer finish. A chrome or glass-topped breakfast bar with co-ordinated high stools gives an alternative eating area for informal meals which fits in nicely with a contemporary kitchen design, whereas a kitchen table with benches allows for the inclusion of more guests and offers a homely, traditional feeling. Bar stools are a more portable seating option that can be relocated around the kitchen as required, especially when the height is variable.