Benches serve the utilitarian purpose of seating, obviously, but they are quickly becoming a sought after design element for almost every room in the house. If you are looking to fill an awkward space, provide seating or room for display, or add visual weight and depth to another furniture piece, benches are a great solution. At Horizon Home Furniture we stock a large variety of benches, ottomans and poufs, and we are getting in new truckloads of furniture all the time! We serve the Atlanta area, and love to help people find amazing living room, bedroom and dining room designer furniture at outlet prices. Read on to see if your home could use a bench!
The dining room can be a great place for a bench! A bench can provide more seating, and you can use beautiful upholstered benches in place of chairs at your dining room table. Using a bench instead of chairs gives a clean, streamlined look; the benches can be pushed completely under the table and disappear. This allows whatever decor you have on your table to really shine, and highlights a great table centerpiece. Benches are also great as extra seating, and if you have an expandable dining room table you know that extra seating is nice, but lugging chairs to and from the dining room isn’t. A bench, or a few benches, placed strategically at the edges of a dining room can make extra seating within arm’s reach. Using benches at the edges of the room can also fill in empty spaces, and make a boring dining room space more interesting. Whether you need seating at your dining room table, are always needing extra seats for guests, or have an empty space in your dining room, consider using a bench!
A bedroom might seem like it has no use for a bench, but think again! A great trend in bedroom design utilizes a bench at the foot of the bed. When you choose an upholstered bench, this makes your bed appear larger, and more of a grounded focal point in the room. Of course, a bench in the bedroom also can provide seating, and can be a great place to take a quick break. A bench on a wall of the bedroom can be a place to store extra blankets or throw pillows, and using a boldly patterned blanket or pillow can add design into your room. A low bench can also be a great base for an assortment of plants, to bring some green into your bedroom! Use your imagination, and see where a bench could fit in your bedroom!
A bench in the bathroom? Yes! A bench can get a lot of use in a bathroom: as a place to stack towels, or as an extra seat. If you have a large bathroom, you may have space for an upholstered bench, but if you are worried about moisture, wood is the way to go. Horizon Home Furniture has a great selection of both upholstered and wood benches, and a live edge bench can really make a statement in your bathroom! We are Atlanta’s source for live edge furniture, and we employ local craftsman to make truly special pieces.
A bench can serve as a coffee table in your living room! Especially if you are limited on space, a bench is a great substitution for a bulky table. Consider a wood bench if you are often needing a place to put food or drinks; this will provide stability and an easy to clean surface. If you love to put your feet up after a long day, an upholstered bench or ottoman gives you a comfortable place. Another great benefit of using a longer, rectangular bench, is the scale it provides to balance a long sofa. A short, square coffee table can oftentimes look too small next to a large sofa, and using a long bench can give your living room great design.
Behind the Sofa
A bench can also be placed behind the back of a sofa to give a spot to incorporate some decorative items into your living room. Using a bench like a console table, you can place plants, lamps, and more behind your sofa to spruce up an empty space. A bench behind a sofa can also provide additional seating, and can define a separate seating area. In addition to going behind a sofa, you can also use benches in place of a sofa, paired with chairs or other seating. Especially if you have a small space, a bench can give seating options without crowding an already small room. Look around your living room to see if a bench is the perfect design element that is missing.
A bench under a window, paired with a cushion or some pillows, can instantly transform the space into a window seat. If you have a window that needs nearby seating, a bench can provide low seating without obstructing the view. If you have a long row of windows, placing several benches next to each other can make one long bench that packs some serious visual punch. Any room can use a window seat, if you have a blank space near a window, consider turning a bench into a window seat.
A more common use of a bench is in an entryway or mudroom. A bench provides the perfect place to take off or put on shoes, and can spruce up a bland entryway. Benches are great for sliding baskets under, to store shoes, hats, sports equipment, or anything else that needs corralling in your entryway. Whether you choose a sleek, modern bench, or a comfortable upholstered bench, bring storage, seating and design into your home with a bench in the entry.
Do you have a party or other gathering coming up that you plan to host outdoors? Benches can provide great, easily portable, outdoor seating and surfaces for food and drinks! If you choose a durable wood bench, such as teak, your bench can stay outdoors and handle some of the elements. An upholstered bench will need to be pulled in after your event, but most benches are lightweight and easy to move. Your backyard will look suddenly elegant and pulled together with the addition of benches, and your next party will have all of the seating and tabletops it needs!
So what are you waiting for? You have surely thought of numerous places in your home that could use a fabulous new bench, now head to Horizon Home Furniture in Atlanta to find great benches for your living room, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, or any other place you can think of! Benches are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture, and we have many options for you to choose from—shop today!