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9 practical way to use benches in home decoration

Rita Deo Rita Deo
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Traditionally people in Asian homes are used to sitting at low heights or even on the floor . These days this tradition is becoming popular again due to the shrinking size of floor space in cities and towns. To maintain co-ordination between different rooms without spending a fortune on furniture homeowners are now using multipurpose benches for various needs like sitting, dining tables, storing objects, decoration ledge or simply as a movable piece of furniture.

Benches made entirely out of wood or by setting a thick frame made of wooden planks on a steel frame these pieces of furniture are versatile as they can be placed anywhere. Some benches are just DIY pieces made out of leftover wooden palettes and varnished over to give them a more polished look. Here are some interesting ways some benches have been used with and without upholstery to meet various needs. We hope you will find some interesting ideas and fresh inspiration for your home through this guidebook.

1. Foldable bench

Scandinavian Design . Condominium inDfinity Design (M) SDN BHD Scandinavian style study/office
inDfinity Design (M) SDN BHD

Scandinavian Design . Condominium

inDfinity Design (M) SDN BHD

This collapsible bench can be pulled out and supported by the wooden stand for multiple tasks by both children and adults of the house. This can be custom designed by a carpenter in any part of the house.

2. Industrial bench for home office

In this minimalist home office with sparse furniture and open shelves the industrial style bench style table is perfect for work.

3. Mini work station

Productivity Projected @ The Zest, Kinrara 9 Condominium DCS CREATIVES SDN. BHD. Scandinavian style dining room

Productivity Projected @ The Zest, Kinrara 9 Condominium


The artistic bench here can work as a peaceful study area for children or as craft zone protected as it is by a colorful cloth cover.

4. Foyer bench

Need a place to sit down while putting on shoes for going outdoors or taking off footwear before stepping inside? This strategically designed simple bench attached to the foyer wall fill just the purpose.

5. Bench as a center table

If there is a wide bench lying around the house and you lack a proper center table in the living room why not use it for the purpose? See how this beautiful lacquer topped bench forms the function of a classic style center table surrounded as it is by period style furniture.

6. Bench for kitchen dining

The Kent Kitchen by deVOL deVOL Kitchens Kitchen Wood Blue
deVOL Kitchens

The Kent Kitchen by deVOL

deVOL Kitchens

This bench style table and seating arrangement here is an ideal setting in this open floor design which fulfils required purpose without occupying too much space.

7. Bedside settee

Another great place to keep a bench is by foot area of the bed but make sure that it compliments the bed design and overall room style. This can be used to just keep extra warm rugs that may be required when temperature falls after midnight or simply to sit down and relax with a book. It has been upholstered here with glossy finishes to match the bed and headboard region.

8. Cover up empty spaces

Benches can be placed near large bay windows to create reading nooks with natural lighting. Here it has been used to create a casual seating area under the staircase which would otherwise look very bare. 

9. Garden bench

Benches made of granite, stone, wood and iron are staple features of every garden. While some are temporary many of them are permanent fixtures of small and big gardens that make it easy to relax amidst nature with just birds and plants for company.

If you are wondering about how to accommodate bench with existing furniture here are ideas to rearrange your furniture for multiple purposes.

Which of these bench ideas did you like the best? Do let us know in your comments below. 

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