There's one piece of furniture that, by no stretch of the imagination, is at once the chameleon and the family dog of home décor: blending in pretty vignettes; transforming itself no matter the needs; serving both as seating, a table, and storage. Renters can attest, it's the one item that will loyally follow you from home to home, morphing from footrest into coffee table, and from entryway console into dining seat. The bench, while unassuming, is one of the most practical pieces of furniture you could own.
It will help your guests sit down when you're entertaining for twelve, and help children tie their shoelaces without falling over. It will keep designer bags from being tossed on the floor, and breakfast from being eaten while standing up. Yes, the bench is simple in shape, but it's as loyal as man's best friend and as versatile as a chameleon. Ready to adopt this multifaceted piece into your own home? We searched near and far for 20 options to fill every nook and cranny.
Every entrance hall needs it: a place to sit down and put on shoes or to drop your bag at the end of the day. Benches in the entryway act as multifunctional consoles, some topped with a rack of hooks, others with showstopping art.
This storage bench, designed in collaboration with L.A.–based studio Commune, is topped with a leather cushion and features plenty of storage.
We love this Nordic bench that's sleek and chic for the entryway. The padded cushion makes it extra comfortable to put on shoes or boots.
This modernist icon blends form and function—it can be used as a table or a bench, making it a great choice for the entrance hall.
This vintage midcentury bench upholstered in a Turkish jijim rug comes with built-in storage, making it a smart entryway choice.
For the midcentury aficionado, this iconic bench by the legendary Finn Juhl is a dream come true. The piece comes with an optional cushion that can be folded, making it extra practical and versatile.
While they will never replace a full-sized sofa, benches in the living room are great accent pieces that can serve as extra seating in a pinch. Use larger upholstered benches as daybeds or keep smaller ones against a wall to be used as consoles.
This padded seat by West Elm is luxe enough for the living room, providing extra seating when needed. We love it in front of a fireplace.
This showstopping bench can be displayed as art against a wall in the living room, and pulled out when an extra seat is needed.
Inspired by midcentury lobby designs, this extra large bench can double as a small daybed in small living rooms.
This Bauhaus-inspired bench by Menu comes with a side table. Use it in the living room as stylish extra seating.
The menu daybed is extra wide and extra long, making it the ideal choice for extra seating in the living room. It's made from classic Nordic oak and upholstered in wool or leather.
The virtues of the dining bench are endless. For one, it's easier to squeeze in a large group of people on a bench without ending up with a mismatched array of chairs around the table. Dining benches are also great for an eat-in kitchen or to be used in a breakfast nook instead of a built-in banquette.
Handcarved in Hungary, this dining bench is sleek and simple, and perfect for smaller dining spaces.
This versatile reclaimed wood bench lends itself to a variety of purposes, from dining room bench to entryway console.
This dining bench will liven up your breakfast nook, and make more space around the table.
This lightweight upholstered leather seat was designed by the famed Danish designer Børge Mogensen. It's the perfect choice for a breakfast nook or in-kitchen dining.
Volk Furniture is leading the way in contemporary design and was one of our favorite discoveries at this year's . Their unique, ultra-modern bench would be a great addition to any dining space.
Adding a bench at the foot of a bed is a surefire way to elevate any bedroom. When space allows, it fills empty space, provides a spot to put down bags or clothes, and add layers to the furniture layout. When picking a bench for the bedroom, always look for one that's a few inches shorter than the width of the bed.
This small cork top bench is perfect for your tiny Scandinavian-style bedroom. Add it at the foot of your full size bed.
We love this rope-wrapped bench in a beachy setting. Kim Salmela's Del Mar bench would look great at the foot of a bed in a coastal home.
Weave some luxe leather into your bedroom with this extra-long bench, perfect for the foot of your king size bed.
This knotty jute-upholstered bench is the ideal extension for the foot of your extra-cushy bedroom. It's elegant with a subtle weekend house charm.
For the modernist at heart, this handmade lino bench mixed plywood and linoleum to create a sleek bench that can be used at the foot of the bed, or in an extra-large walk-in closet.