Making the Most of Your Kitchen Space (Part 2): The Eat-In Kitchen | Minneapolis Kitchen Remodeler

Whether you’re having a light meal, eating on the run, or setting breakfast out for the kids, running to and from the dining room table for a meal is not always ideal. Adding an eat-in area to your kitchen might be just the convenience factor you need to make some of those meal (or snack!) times run a little bit smoother. Here are some great tips on adding an eat-in area to your kitchen, even in the smallest of kitchen spaces:
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Corner It – Tuck an L-shaped banquette into a corner and add a table – from a tiny round table to a small dining size table, depending on your space.  Add a few pillows to the seating, and you’ve got a fun and functional eat-in area for even the smallest of kitchens.  Better Homes & Gardens offers some beautiful images of banquette style kitchen seating here.
Create a Booth – Two cozy benches, face to face, can be set on either side of your eat-in kitchen table, allowing for seating that can squeeze in extra people.  A booth style set-up also allows you to create a setup that doesn’t block a window with your bench like an L-shaped setup would.  Peak at these images from houzz for some attractive and creative kitchen booth ideas.
Best of Both Worlds – Combine a bench with chairs!  Add a bench (big or small) along a longer edge of your kitchen, and then add two small chairs on the other side of the table, allowing you to move the chairs out of the way as need be.  This gives you the option of using the bench just to lounge, but also brings in the extra seating when you need it for meals.
Make it Tall – Even if you don’t have a lot of square footage to work with, you can usually go up a bit!  Buy a table with some height, and then add chairs that tuck directly underneath.  This way you take up minimal space in the kitchen, but can easily come up with seating for at least three as necessary.  Peak at a variety of high tables featured on houzz here.
Roll With It – Have room to squeeze in the table, but not the comfy benches you really want?  Add casters (small wheels) to the bottom of benches or ottomans, and roll them in and out of the kitchen as necessary, or just roll them underneath the table.  Choose neutral, living room style pieces that will fit well with the décor in the room next door.
Feeling inspired?  Ready to set up your own eat-in kitchen area?  Here are 20 visual images from hgtv showcasing the above ideas and more!  Get started today!
Don’t forget to check out part 1 of this series, posted last week, with tips on adding a kitchen island to your space, no matter how small!  Connect with us here at Excel Builders for kitchen remodeling expertise and more.  Offering an incredible remodeling experience for homeowners in Minneapolis, and throughout the Twin Cities MN area.