When it comes to transformative furniture that can make or break a room, we tend to focus on big-ticket items like sofas, bed frames, and dining room tables. But there's actually a much smaller, multipurpose piece that solves many decorating challenges—enter the humble indoor bench. It functions as an accent piece, extra seating, and storage space all at once. Its slim silhouette also makes it a great alternative to bulky furniture, and it works in every room in the house, which means you can repurpose it throughout the years. You can slide boxes underneath it to create more storage, or add pillows on top to up the cozy vibes. It really is as versatile as it can get.
So whether you're decorating a small space, a lackluster corner, or an awkwardly shaped entryway, you can count on an indoor bench to quietly save the day. To make our case and give this furniture item the spotlight it so very much deserves, we're breaking it down room by room with styling ideas and shopping tips for the best indoor benches.
Mixing an eclectic array of chairs with a bench in the dining room is a great way to create dimension. We love the floating effect, too. You could also put a bench against the wall and prop up some cushions on it for added comfort. This is especially useful in a breakfast nook, as it creates a homey, cozy feel.
If your bedroom feels unfinished but you can't quite put your finger on the problem, consider placing a bench at the end of your bed. Not only will this make putting on your shoes easier, but it will also add a ton of style and personality. An upholstered bench is great for a bedroom as it feels warm and cozy.
When there's a lackluster corner in the living room, chances are that it's missing some seating. If it's a small space, a fun accent chair is probably your best bet, but if there's more square footage to work with, take note from the living room situation above by sliding a bench under large artwork and then styling it with throw pillows and a plant. When guests come over and you need the seating, you can slide it out and make it more functional, but it also serves as a décor item when not in use.
Whether you want to supplement your elaborate console table vignette with a stylish bench, or you only have enough room and budget for the bench to be your hero piece, it's an entryway essential. Not only will it make the space look more put together, but it also makes your life easier, providing you with a place to lay down your things and take off your shoes.