In thinking over designs for the kitchen, I began thinking about ways to maximize seating. Islands are great, but they generally cannot provide all the seating a family needs for daily living not to mention entertaining. There are plenty of ways to add additional seating that don't fit into the traditional mold.
Add a bar. Mount a ledge along a wall (preferably one with a view) or remove a few lower cabinets to make space for stools where guests can bevy up to the bar while your cooking dinner.
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Add a window seat. The perfect spot to have a drink or kids to get some reading time in while your preparing dinner.
If your kitchen is open to your family room, put stools under your console table so they can enjoy the game while your working in the kitchen.
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Create a cozy sitting area with a small sectional and coffee table.
Don't have enough space for a sectional? Get the same feel but use two accent chairs instead.
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Entertain with style!