Is 5 seats at an island too many when dining table is close by?
DH and are I debating the pros and cons of having four island stools vs 5 and would love your opinion. We have a family of 6, but the oldest child is 20 so won't be living with us forever (I don't expect he will be moving out any time soon though). Our every day dining room table is quite close by so we had thought we would continue to eat many meals at the dining room which is around 17 feet away from the island seating.
Here are some of the pros and cons we've thought of for going with 5 stools instead of the 4 stools shown in the island plan below (please note we have already added a bit more leg room for the stools than shown in this picture after some GW advice)
Pros of going with 5 stools:
1)More of us could eat lunch at the island instead of moving to the dining room table. : would still like to eat our dinners at the dining room table.
2)Travel from cook top to eating area is very nearby for island seats (picture less travel with a bowl of soup)
3)The dining room table would take less wear and tear. Currently we have a glass top on our oak, partly veneer table -- at some point we would like a nicer dining room table.
Cons of going with 5 stools
1)We have to reduce the stack of drawers on seating side of island to 12 inch cabinet. We envision using these drawers for writing material, drawing materials, junk drawers etc and not kitchen stuff as there is plenty of space on the L shaped perimeter and business side of island for that (plus there is a closet sized pantry behind the seating too),
2)There will be more stools that need to be pushed in so they are out of the way as the area behind the stools is a major walkway through our house
3)As our children move out, we might regret having so many seats around our island (youngest is 8, oldest is 20).
4)Five seats is still not enough for our family of 6 (often at least one member eats earlier or later than the others).
5)The fifth seat would be behind an induction cook top, so not a safe seating spot when the cook top was in use.
How many seats would you think would be optimal for our family of 6? Are there anymore pros or cons you would add to this list. Please help us decide. Thanks!