A bench is often a given in the hallway, but the multi-purpose piece of furniture is a true home interior all-rounder by heart. We chose six beautiful and practical benches for different uses – read our tips and get inspired!
Go for a bit of cottagecore
Benches next to the dining table may evoke images of cottage furniture or a picnic table, but by choosing sleek and finished benches to keep the table company you’ll create an irresistibly charming and cozy ensemble.
The Betty TK5 benches designed by Sami Kallio and Jakob Thau for &Tradition bring a soft and natural look to the dining room.
A lighter lounge chair
A bench with a backrest can be put to use as a lounge chair or even a petite sofa. A bench is hardly suitable for all-out lounging, but when perfected with beautiful decorative pillows or seat cushions, seating comfort is guaranteed.
The compact and sympathetic Maissi bench designed by Wesley Walters and Salla Luhtasela features a rounded armrest in addition to the backrest.
For a more versatile vestibule
The hallway is often challenging to decorate, as it requires strict functionality, but space is often scarce. Opt for a bench that is comfortable to sit on to take off your shoes, but also has some built-in storage space.
FDB Møbler's strikingly beautiful F24 Radius bench has two drawers and a shelf for storing small items and accessories. The sleek bench can also be used as a coffee table or TV stand.
Storage where you need it
Storage space is of course needed everywhere in the house, not just in the hallway. If closet space is limited, a storage bench might just save the day. Shoes, towels, toys, and bed linens can be neatly tucked away in the storage bench, and after closing the lid, the bench serves as both a seat and, for example, a coffee table.
Form & Refine's A Line storage bench is a true tour de force by Herman Studio, combining strict functionality and a finished appearance. Inside the sturdy bench made of solid oak, you’ll find plenty of room for storage, and the handy hinge mechanism of the lid makes it effortless to use.
A stage for your favorite items
A bench can also be just for fun! Gather your plants into a charming mini-jungle on the bench by the window or compose an eye-catching display from your favorite books and decorative items – a stylish bench serves as an excellent stage for your favorite things.
The Aalto bench 153A designed by Alvar Aalto is a time-tested choice for both everyday use as well as for decorating. The airy and harmonious look of the birchwood bench is also a perfect fit for the bedroom: place it at the end of the bed for some everyday elegance.
To sit or not to sit?
Especially in a smaller living room, it might not be worth it to cram a large coffee table into the space. Choose a multi-purpose stool or bench instead – they can also serve as an extra seat as needed.
Made by Choice's softly rounded and delightfully refined Airisto bench is perfect for the living room, as it can also effortlessly be used as a side table or coffee table
Text: Mira Ahola Images: Finnish Design Shop and manufacturers