The pros reveal how to make the most of a space that's sometimes ignored (while everyone eats at the kitchen counter).
By Abbe Wright
Photo: Lucas Allen
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Make Room for More
"We like to have a great bench that can rest up against the wall and be pulled up to the table when needed. (It can also live part-time in an adjacent hallway.) The idea is that it's ready and waiting when the inevitable moment arises when you've got to squeeze in eight guests at a table for six." —Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, authors of Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces That Will Carry You Through a Lifetime (Stewart, Tabori & Chang)