Choosing the Perfect Bench

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I like a good bench. They're versatile and small enough to fit pretty much anywhere- at the foot of a bed, in an entryway or office, pulled up to a kitchen table, or they can even stand alone in a dressing room. Since I'm gearing up to move and renovate once again, I'm parting with lots of furniture... I'm definitely going to miss the bench in my mudroom, but I'm also excited to find a replacement of a completely different aesthetic next time around. I've compiled benches of every style & price - for any aesthetic, budget, or function. 

I could totally envision any of the following chic benches in a posh bedroom situated at the foot of a bed or positioned to the side in a sitting area. I'm most attracted to option one- which is surprisingly affordable, as well as the last bench of the set. I've always loved odd shapes and that waterfall bench is no exception!

01: tufted bedroom bench // 02: acrylic bedroom bench // 03: brass tipped bench //04: black and gold bench // 05: karl springer waterfall bench

In my opinion, woven furniture always looks classic and will never go out of style. Whether you're trying to pull off boho vibes, curate a modern beach cottage, or are going for a global appeal- these benches will do your home justice! I'm saving option four, only because it's SO unique and I have yet to find anything remotely close to this shape and design... it's definitely a top contender.

01: riviera bench // 02: carson backless bench // 03: black and white woven bench// 04: ellis bench // 05: wrap bench

Storage benches are super functional and we could all stand to add a little practicality to our life. These would be fantastic in a living room, entryway, or closet. Imagine the amount of shoes, blankets, or linens you could tuck away.

01: upholstered storage bench // 02: sliding door bench with cushion // 03: nailhead upholstered storage bench // 04: mid-century entryway bench // 05: lincoln storage bench

My dream is to someday have a gorgeous modern bench with a large (think giant) piece of photographic art hanging above it. I think it would look minimal and sophisticated, all while making a statement.

01: nelson platform bench with metal legs // 02: leather rove bench // 03: lenox three seat bench // 04: porter bench in walnut // 05: momo walnut & lucite bench

For those of you who prefer to decorate in an over-the-top sort of manner... these are for you! The one thing these glam benches all have in common- luxe materials. Velvet, linen, brass, lucite, mink, and even mohair. If you've got a taste for luxury and glam, look no further than the following...

01: noir batista bench // 02: velvet edlyn bench // 03: lucite & hide bench // 04: black and gold bench // 05: emory white cutout bench // 06: black mink velvet bench

For some reason, I always gravitate toward masculine and industrial pieces (I currently own option two). I like the look and obviously all of these pieces speak to me, but during my next renovation- I'm going to try to challenge myself to take a step outside of my comfort zone. I'm just making it verrrry difficult by including options like number one. Sigh.

01: black and white mud cloth bench // 02: principle bench // 03: metal industry bench // 04: wood and chrome bench // 05: outline bench // 06: industrial oak and steel bench
The next set is for the guys... although I'd gladly buy any of these for myself. These benches all include masculine materials, like wood and leather, as well as classic and simplistic shapes.

01: three seater slat bench // 02: upholstered tapered leg bench // 03: henri leather bench // 04: johnson bench // 05: camel tufted leather bench

How would you use a bench in your home? Which options or looks are most appealing? I'm really tempted to buy a couple, even though I have no idea where I'd put them at this point!

For more home decorating ideas: DIY Floral Arrangement | How to Choose the Perfect Sofa


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Sarah Gibson is a full-time designer located in the Midwest. With an emphasis on both graphic and interior design, her projects are varied. Sarah's areas of expertise range from rebranding, website & blog design, print and social media marketing, to creative direction, such as styling and photoshoots. As an interior designer, Sarah also specializes in full-service interior design, custom projects, styling, and renovations. Aside from her day job, she spends evenings and weekends creating content for her lifestyle blog, Room for Tuesday, which features content in design, interiors, travel, fashion, and creative inspiration. She enjoys balancing both trendy and eclectic pieces with classic elements, for a curated aesthetic.