Benches aren’t just for the baseball field, park, or lunchroom anymore. Upholstered benches are a versatile alternative to traditional chairs and even ottomans. They’re much easier to move, store, and repurpose whenever you get the itch to redecorate! And trust me— we get that itch a lot at Kirkland’s! Check out these seven purposeful ways you can use upholstered benches around your house and let us know in a comment below: which way is your favorite?
1 | Under a Window
Most upholstered benches are perfectly sized to fit underneath a window. They’re long enough and low enough to offer both storage and seating. (Reading nook anyone?)
2 | In Your Entryway, Under a Set of Hooks
Do backpacks, coats, and purses tend to end up in a pile next to the front door? Do away with this clutter pile and add helpful seating to your entryway with a bench and set of hooks!
3 | In the Dining Room
Mix up your seating options in the dining room with a two person upholstered bench. Mixing and matching chairs and benches is an especially great solution for smaller dining rooms that are longer than they are wide. When not in use, tuck the bench under your dining table to save space!
4 | Grouped Together for a Coffee Table
Group together a set of small benches or ottomans, or scoot two long benches together to make one single piece of furniture. Use trays or large books to turn this gathering into a functional coffee table!
5 | Single Large Bench for a Coffee Table
Use a single large storage bench in your living room to house games, pillows, blankets, and other random living room flair. Set a tray atop the bench to rest your morning coffee and protect the fabric from fading (or getting spilled on for those of us that are clumsy!).
6 | At the Foot of Your Bed
Placing a bench at the foot of your bed is just one of the many stylish ways you can use furniture in your bedroom! Pair the bench with with fresh flowers and a serving tray and the result is totally “Breakfast at Tiffany’s!”
7 | In Your Home Office
Instead of taking up valuable home office space with a few upholstered chairs, place a bench across from your desk as a place for visitors or clients to sit. When you’re not expecting anyone, scoot the bench closer to your desk and use it as a foot rest!
How could you use an upholstered bench around your home? Let us know in a comment below and tag us on Instagram with #mykirklands! You could be featured in our next blog post!