Square Table – Wanda Lozada Interior Design: We generally see benches used with long tables, but this square arrangement works as well. It’s a good way to provide contrast. Hideaway Seating – Kelly Donovan: The bench is perfect in this eat-in kitchen because tucking it under the table allows for the dining space to become another counter or prep space when necessary.
A super sturdy dining table for four and a 2-person backless bench crafted of solid wood and entirely finished in nice light browns. Both a tabletop and a seat are thick and rectangular. Upright legs are of thick rectangle section blocks. Rustic setup for a cozy dining room, furnished with a long, old-fashioned dining table made in a rectangular shape out of oak wood with a rough finish and a dark tint, matched with a seating desk made in a similar style.
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Padded Benches – Lonny: Not only do the cushions on these benches make them more comfortable, but they also add a pop of color to the space. Victorian Schoolhouse – CS Photography: It makes sense that this redesigned schoolhouse would have benches at the large dining table. The fact that they are reclaimed wood makes it even better. Dining Sofa – Jessica Lagrange Interiors: This looks like the most comfortable way to dine. It’s really more of a sofa than a bench.
Whether you have a formal dining room or a small eat-in kitchen, adding a bench instead of individual chairs can be a great choice for many reasons. Not only can it be more economical (depending on how large your table is, the cost of your chairs can really add up!), but it can also make for a more versatile seating arrangement. Plus, you can often tuck the bench under the table and out of the way if you need more floor space.
Having a bench, instead of dining chairs, at your dining table can actually do a lot for your space. It makes the dining area look more spacious, because you are doing away with visual volume in the form of seat backs. Benches are also useful for squeezing in more people around the table — good when you have guests over! Also, in an open-concept dining area, having a bench doesn’t break the visual flow between spaces, since it is low-slung.