Accent and Storage Benches

Storage benches have been around for quite some time, with some believing that wooden settles, which date back to medieval times, had liftable seats to reveal a box beneath. It’s no wonder the idea is old, seeing as it’s so simple – why not combine a seat with some storage beneath it? Today you can find a range of storage bench designs, as well as accent benches and ottoman storage boxes to sit in your hallway, bedroom or other living space.

What style accent or storage bench should I get?


If you want something simple, an indoors wooden storage bench seat will do the job. Their long and thin design makes them perfect for small spaces, and they're a great place to sit whilst you take your shoes off and on. Plus, you can use your hallway storage bench to store shoes, wellies, umbrellas, dog leads and other miscellaneous hallway items. You can also find indoor benches with shoe racks beneath or removable storage boxes which are handy and customisable.

If you prefer a traditional or country vibe, go for a wooden settle or high-backed indoor bench with hidden storage under the seat. You could add a padded seat cushion and scatter cushions to make it more enticing, and a painted frame could be particularly charming.

Where should I put an accent bench?


Many people purchase an accent bench for bedrooms, living rooms or hallways. If you’re looking for an accent bench for your bedroom, consider placing it at the end of your bed for a place to sit and remove shoes, or to store clothing or bedding. For the living room, an accent bench with storage is a good option, and is perfect for storing magazines, children’s toys, TV remotes and DVDs. Wood accent benches look great in hallways but if you prefer something more comfortable look for an upholstered bench, which you can find in a range of fabric styles and patterns, too.
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