A common trend in kitchens these days is to make the space feel like a casual area where family and friends can come to relax, without the host feeling like they need to set a perfect table every time. If you hate feeling like you need to make a formal occasion of your family snacking on a few cookies and a glass of milk, then it’s time you consider casual seating areas in your kitchen.

By casual we definitely don’t mean folding chairs and a card table. You can create seating areas that are inviting and don’t take up as much space as a large formal table in your kitchen. There are many options, depending on the layout of your kitchen and how it’s incorporated into the rest of your space.