15 of the Best Upholstered Benches

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Images: (1) Design Within Reach,  (2) Jonathan Adler,  (3) Design Within Reach, (4) Jonathan Adler, (5) Schoolhouse Electric

Upholstered benches are great at the end of a bed, along a long hallway, or in a corner of the living room. A little extra soft seating is always a nice thing to have, and they’re great in a pinch when you have guests in need of a place to perch. The upholstered benches below would be great options if you’ve been thinking about adding one to your home. They may even inspire to you find a spot for one! (For our favorite unupholstered benches, see part one of this article.)

  1. First designed in 1949, Jens Risom’s bench is back in production and would look great in a variety of homes. The off-center cushion is killer.
Whoa. That’s a showstopper, right there.
  3. Florence Knoll’s mid-century design still feels right today, and you can customize the leather color to fit your decor (though that aqua is just stunning).

  4. If lemon yellow with a white base isn’t your thing, customize this beauty with 10 options for the base and even more for the fabric.

  5. A standard bench shape gets a large-scale windowpane fabric for a fun update.

15 Best Upholstered Benches

Images: (6) Soft Surroundings,  (7) Horchow,  (8) Ballard Designs, (9) Ballard Designs

  1. A demilune shape is a nice alternative to all of those boxy rectangles out there. So pretty.

  2. The faux-bamboo base with its tapered legs gives this traditional tufted bench a light, refined feeling.

  3. The distressed paint finishes available are a nice way to bring in a little color without going ultra modern or too shabby chic.

  4. There are so many fabrics available for this bench, and with a choice of seven finishes, you can be sure you’ll find a combination that works for you.

15 Best Upholstered Benches

Images: (10) Anthropologie,  (11) Wisteria,  (12) Target, (13) West Elm, (14) Target, (15) Soft Surroundings

  1.  Wouldn’t this be fun at the foot of a bed? And so soft.

  2. Sometimes furniture with hidden storage doesn’t do such a great job of hiding it at all, but this bench manages to keep the proportions in check and avoids that problem beautifully.

  3. Velvet tufting, in a lovely blue hue.

  4. The boxy base is a nice counterpoint to more traditional tufting on top, and this bench would fit in well with a variety of styles.

  5. There are two other fabrics available, both with a darker base, but the combination of this ikat print and the cerused wood finish is a winning one.

  6. Simple lines, but with charming carved details and a mix of cotton and jute.

Do you prefer a high-backed bench, or one with no back at all? I’m drawn to the drama of that crazy second bench, myself.

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