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.
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.
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Modern Lines – Austin Patterson Disston Architects: If you want to go simple, this is the way to do it. Clean white lines echo the rest of the space, and it can tuck under the table pushed against the wall when not in use.Log Bench – Hsu McCullough Architects: We love the juxtaposition of the natural log bench with the rest of this modern home. We’re guessing it’s a great conversation piece, too.
A very space-saving feature of dining tables with benches that you may unknowingly overlook is their storage capacity. For instance, ottomans can have a box or drawers beneath the seat. A pew-like bench may also come with drawers. You will find many designs, style, and finishing options in materials like wood, plastic, wicker, metal, and leather.
Rustic style for a light and bright dining room with a rectangular dining table made out of reclaimed wood with a rough, primitive finish, fitted with two dining benches made in a similar style with tufted seat cushions. Modern look for a minimalistic dining room with a lot of light pouring in through the window. The room is furnished with a rectangular dining table with a marble top, fitted with three chairs and a birch wood bench.