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.
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.
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Multiple Benches – VSP Interiors: The shorter benches here are used more like chairs since they are single seats, but it helps keep the view of the floor-to-ceiling window from being obstructed. Classic Cape Cod – Kelly McGuill Home: We can’t think of a dining area more suited to a bench than this classic New England-style home. The black Windsor chairs are an especially nice touch to modernize the space.
Vintage setup for a compact dining room, furnished with a long, rectangular-shaped dining table with a frame made out of solid wood with a white coat of paint, paired with a dining bench and four chairs made in a matching fashion. A simple yet classy set of dining room furniture, consisting of a small, rectangular-shaped dining table made out of black-painted solid wood, fitted with three dining chairs and a bench with faux leather seat cushions.
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.