I finally converted my Trillium's closet to a pantry and solved all my kitchen storage problems. A few carefully placed coathooks here and there (combined with our indifference to wearing wrinkled clothing) took care of the displaced clothes we used to hang there.
You don't mention storage in the benches- are they only accessed via a top hatch? I ask because the dinette benches in my Trillium
have a total of four drawers beneath.
Even the smaller 1300 (if that's what you have) would allow for the cutting of access doors through which you could put a couple of drawers or even just a box.