Our three high-back "stools" get used daily by my kids. The youngest or I usually eat breakfast at the counter. If we are lucky enough to all be home to have dinner together, one usually eats at the counter so we don't have two kids sitting next to each other (brotherly love does not exist) at the table. Plus the table is usually pushed against the wall to make additional room to walk around the island counter. This is what in the building industry is called a "functional kitchen" which means is has all you really need but not what you really want. And functional has a capacity of two people. So I guess when the kids are gone we'll finally feel like we have an open kitchen.I believe most kitchen bar stools are there just for looks. They are rarely, if ever, used. Mine are a collection point for more crap, and that bar area of the kitchen counter hasn't been clear in years.