It's hard to imagine any kitchen without some sort of bar stool. Australia Bar stools have become positively ubiquitous — and for good reason. They allow family, friends and even strangers to join us in the kitchen. Every school night, my sons did their homework sitting on a bar stool at our counter, where they could finagle help whether it was needed or not. Many a night, dear friends would perch on those same stools, keeping us company while we cooked. And then it was our gaggle of grandchildren who clamored onto the stools, eager to be right in the middle of what was happening.