20+ Tips for Turning Your Small Kitchen Into an Eat-In Kitchen

Do tight kitchen quarters force you to eat meals while standing over the kitchen sink? Nosh in shame no more: Leading design pros share their top tips for adding eat-in functionality to even the smallest of kitchens.

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At just 120 square feet, with six openings interrupting the flow, this kitchen didn't offer many options in the way of seating. So kitchen designer Angela Bonfante tucked an L-shaped banquette into a corner, around a tiny table she found in a mail-order catalog. Using ready-made throw pillows from a discount retailer, rather than having custom cushions sewn, helped keep the budget in check too. "Small spaces can be both functional and fun," says Bonfante. "It just takes some ingenuity!"

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