HGTV Tips for Turning Your Small Kitchen Into an Eat-In One Banquettes needn't be L-shaped to save space. The configuration of this kitchen by designer Marika Meyer better lent itself to a restaurant-style booth with benches facing each other, providing seating for four without blocking the window. Storage above and below the benches makes the most of this small space.
When wall space is at a premium, windows make great backdrops for bench seating. Here, a banquette tucks snugly into a sunlit bay window to take advantage of often-unused space. In addition to abundant seating, the bench features lower drawers that provide storage for table linens and other dining room accessories.