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Dining Benches

With the rise of minimalism and contemporary design, dining benches are truly in fashion. Yet a solid American white oak dining table with a bench is not only stylish, but it’s also very practical when it comes to making the most of your space. Read on for more tips on using dining benches in your dining or living room and advice on which ones to buy.

Are dining benches practical?

Dining table benches can sometimes be perceived as impractical due to their size. A bench can seem a bit cumbersome compared to a dining chair. However, there are many upsides to having a dining table with benches that beat those of dining chair sets. Here are a handful of reasons to opt for a bench in your dining room:

  • Corner benches: Where you wouldn’t normally want to squeeze in an extra chair at the end of a dining table, corner dining benches make the best use of space.

  • Extra guests: Whether it’s a surprise visitor or a large family get-together, it’s hard to fit everyone in. Rather than bringing out folding chairs, you can easily fit more people around your table with a dining bench.

  • More seating room: Even when there’s only a couple of you, a dining bench is still practical as it gives you room to spread out as you like.

  • Low maintenance: If you have a solid wood dining bench, it is easy to wipe down to keep it clean and any food or drink that spills onto it can be easily mopped up with a cloth. Solid oak benches are sturdy and can endure more daily wear and tear than dining chairs.

  • Storage solution: Keep a secret stash of extra cushions or blankets hidden in a storage bench. Benches with storage are the best solution for small kitchens or dining rooms.

  • Easy to store: Especially in a busy kitchen or combined dining and living room, dining chairs can get in the way and make it harder to move around. Simply tuck the benches in a dining set under the table to instantly free up more space.

Are dining benches comfortable?

Although it can sometimes be tricky if a person in the middle of a bench wants to leave a crowded table, dining benches are extremely comfortable. Oak or reclaimed wood benches look beautiful and provide stable support, and can easily be softened with cushions, throws or seat pads.

Upholstered benches are even more luxurious than wooden benches. In velvet or soft cotton, a piece of dining room furniture can easily be turned into a hallway bench or extra seating in the living room. A leather or faux leather dining bench provides firm yet comfortable seating and works for both formal and casual occasions.

One other complaint that some people have with dining benches is that you can’t lean back. If you’re not placing your bench against a wall, simply choose dining benches with a back. Some dining benches with backrests also come with armrests.

Where to buy dining benches?

Regardless of your taste or needs, you can find the best kitchen and dining furniture on Houzz UK. Whether you’re looking for a matching dining table and benches set, a grey fabric bench to go near a front door, or a stylish piece of living room furniture with hairpin legs, there is a range of indoor benches and other living products to choose from.
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