One definition of bench is that it’s a long seat for several people.
But that’s only the beginning of the bench story, because few pieces of furniture can be used in so many different ways.
Benches are beautiful, versatile, and functional. They can definitely add zip to your interior and even exterior decorating.
Take a look at these photos and see how the lowly, simple bench can solve many of your decor issues and add something of beauty at the same time.
AT THE FOOT OF THE BED
Should be a few inches below the bedding. A great place to put on your shoes, add a few accessories, or simply nothing at all.
THE BENCH AS COFFEE TABLE
It becomes extra seating if needed and with a tray as an anchor, it can hold beverages and/or food. Or maybe, just a comfortable place to rest your weary feet after a long day.
DINING TABLE SEATING
A bench can sometimes seat more people and take up less space than chairs allowing you to expand your seating capacity.Just make sure the bench is chair height.
AS A ROOM DIVIDER
A bench can serve as a space separator in an open floor plan without taking up visual room. It can allow conversation from either side, important if you have more than one seating area.
AS A SOFA TABLE
Again, can be used as extra seating, but also serves as a visual anchor in an open floor plan. It’s also a place to add a few beautiful accessories.
IN THE FOYER
A perfect place for a narrow bench to change your shoes. By adding hooks above, it gives you a place to hang coats and jackets. Perfect in a small entry.
OUTDOORS
Whether it’s on a porch or patio, a bench always has a place.
IN THE BATHROOM
A place to sit in the shower or besides the tub. Just make sure it’s made of a water-resistant material like teak.
SMALL SEATING
With pillows and padded seat you have an instant small sofa. Perfect as a window seat or dining banquette. Don’t be surprised if your cat decides it’s the best place for afternoon naps.
There you have it. You may have to “bench” yourself on a  seat and think for a moment where you can use benches in your home!
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms, not the other way around
photos via HOUZZ

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