This Small-But-Mighty Furniture Item Does It All (Seriously)

Updated 07/17/18

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. Well, there's actually a much smaller and multipurpose piece that solves many decorating challenges. Enter the humble indoor bench. It functions as an accent piece, extra seating, and storage options 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.

 

So whether you're decorating a small space, a lackluster corner, or an awkwardly shaped entryway, you can count on the almighty 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. 

In the Dining Room

best indoor benches
JH Interior Design

Mixing an eclectic array of chairs with a bench in the dining room is a great way to create dimension, as displayed in the space above. We love the floating effect, too. Or you could put it against the wall and prop up some cushions on it for added comfort. 

Collins Leather Bench
Serena & Lily Collins Leather Bench $1298
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fuze grey bench
CB2 Fuze Grey Bench $399
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peekaboo acrylic bench
CB2 Peekaboo Acrylic Bench $449
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In the Bedroom

bedroom decor ideas
Arent & Pyke

If your bedroom feels unfinished, but you can't 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 they add a ton of style and personality. If you need extra storage space in your bedroom, you can also get some baskets and boxes to put under the bench. 

Vintage Waterfall Bench $525
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Bolia Posea Bench $373
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Article Ansa Bench $549
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In the Living Room

living room accent seating
Amber Interior Design

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.  

Shore Bench
Serena & Lily Shore Bench $798
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De la Espalda Settle $3560
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Mid-Century Bench
West Elm Mid-Century Bench $499
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In the Entryway

entryway design ideas
Catherine Kwong

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.

Bruno 57
Serena & Lily Bruno 57" Bench $1298
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West Elm Lenox Dining Bench $499
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Reindeer Hide Acrylic Bench
CB2 Reindeer Hide Acrylic Bench $899
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Up next, take note from the stylish storage solutions that will also spruce up your entryway. 

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