The perfect bench adds versatile seating and savvy style to any space. They’re innately practical, and available in designs to suit decors of any fashion. Highly decorated traditional spaces or sleek minimalist modern rooms are made complete with the addition of a bench featuring just the right touches.
Types of Benches
Natural environments rich with flora become richer when outfitted with garden-ready benches, ample enough to accommodate all your friends and family. Outdoor benches are typically constructed using durable materials that maintain integrity when subjected to unpredictable weather conditions.
Materials include heavy-duty teak wood, cast aluminum, and steel. Styles range from classic back porch-style – wooden with slatted back and pronounced armrests, to traditional English garden varieties – wrought iron with elegant cast floral designs throughout. For added whimsy, look to our selection of wagon wheel-themed high-rustic benches, or play up your patriotic side, choosing a bench emblazoned with Americana icons like eagles, stars, and stripes.
Warm your home with extra seating and storage in a design to augment your taste. Indoor benches are made to withstand constant use, whether you need a place for the kids to sit while removing their snow boots or a simple solution for concealing those same snow boots in the off season.
Major functionality is the hallmark of an indoor bench, therefore most are crafted from lighter materials than you’ll find in outdoor benches. They’re constructed from a multitude of materials, each chosen with a specific style in mind. Leather-bound, wicker, and various hardwoods highlight the array of options available. While they won’t withstand elements like metal or teak wood, these materials are lightweight, easy to move, and catered to ever-evolving decor styles. A well-chosen bench will grow with your family and your home.
How will I use my bench?
Though a bench provides myriad possibilities when it comes to usage, your home’s specific needs may differ from another’s.
For added seating in a gathering space, choose a modern bench, storage optional, with a cushion top.
This style, which is available for indoor settings, will keep your guests comfy and engaged throughout a night of games and conversation.
Be sure to investigate which environment your chosen bench is primed for, though, as all-weather bench materials and cushions tend to be more robust and texturally rough.
For storage, choose one cubby or cabinet-style comprised of the right materials for your space, cushions optional.
Indoors, opt for lightweight materials like aluminum, traditional wicker, or various wood types, from Brazilian pine to cedar.
Compare cabinet-style or potting bench-style pieces made of dense wood, resin wicker, or recycled plastic to store garden tools and the like in an outdoor space.
Do I need a cabinet, a cubby, or both?
Storage benches can be found in both indoor and outdoor styles. Both offer cabinet and cubby-style designs.
These designs usually feature a lift-top that opens to reveal ample storage, perfect for blankets, seasonal attire, or for gardening materials.
Often with a front-facing open design, many cubby benches include modular baskets that can be removed. Though easily accessible, cubby-style storage may provide less usable space than its cabinet-style counterparts.
Where will my bench live?
In general, there’s a bench that conforms to every environment, whether residential or commercial, so think about what style is right for your space.
For residential use, benches are available in nearly every imaginable material combination and form.
Discover kid-friendly constructs for children’s rooms, backless beauties ready to sit at the foot of your bed, timeless treasure-chest-esque models that work from room to room.
Landlords and municipalities can seek out commercial-grade benches to outfit public parks and office and resort locales.
Such benches are available in bulk volumes and designed for long-term usage and exposure to extreme weather conditions.