Dining room benches are a contemporary and unique item of furniture at your dining table. A great space saving option and depending on the length, they can comfortably sit anywhere between 2-5 people at an average sized table.
Their strong horizontal shape, leans well to make a room look elongated and spacious. Suiting a variety of styles, a bench can be placed in a modern, classic or eclectic dining room. Whether you want to recycle a church pew or have a solid piece of wood handcrafted, each bench will command their place in the room. The added bonus is that the shape allows for built in storage, if desired.
Many fear a bench will make their space look like a picnic or outdoor seating area; but as you can see from the pictures in the following ideabook, these dining room benches look nothing other than elegant and trendy.
Some fear a wooden dining room bench will look like it belongs in a park. But why not honour its original use and highlight the functionality and purpose that brought the bench into existence to begin with? Taking up far less space than an ordinary 4-6 seater table, you have the creative license to arrange and seat as many or as few people around this table as you see fit. Cleverly, the designer has added backs to one of the benches; this is for those who rather a more ergonomic and comfortable feel to their contemporary dining.
This quasi-eclectic styled dining room contains a mishmash of wood stains, chairs and tables but looks unified, balanced and charming all at the same time. The bench in this example acts as an excellent storage method for items pertaining to the dining room. Why not stash away an extra set of cutlery, some napkins or even crockery for unexpected table guests? This bench is both highly functional, durable and of course, aesthetically pleasing.
You have to look very closely to see the bench in the background of this photo. Causing an optical illusion for the viewer, there is a white bench tucked up against the back of the kitchen half-wall. Acting as the little brother to the big table, this example is a simple yet contemporary take on kitchen design and follows precisely the architectural principles of scale. Choosing an all white colour palette makes this room appears fresh and updated against the artistic red lights and feature walls.
A blast from the past? An American themed diner? These are what comes to mind when one views this space. The charcoal grey padded bench with matching headboard, gives a plush and Hollywood type of glam and pizzazz to this room. We absolutely love how the designer has painted the wall in a feature of black and white stripe and ingeniously left a white border around the bench to highlight its purpose and hierarchy in the room.
An elegant and classic home can also quite happily house a bench. The luxurious cross hatch padded chairs and antique styled furniture match wonderfully with the pale wooden timber love seat that has been toned down by adding fringed cushions. An unusual setting for sure, but eye catching and bold nonetheless.
With all elements focusing on the 'horizontal', this dining room bench blends seamlessly into its surroundings in both shape and colour. A practical and functional solution for people with a family or that like to entertain, one has the ability to use this table and matching benches for eating, studying or simply gazing through the roof light above. This example is definitely for the minimalist and modernist design aficionados out there.
It is impossible to see past the beauty in the wood grain and design of this unique, one-off set of furniture; the bare and naked timber speaks for itself as your eye examines every element on show. It is almost as though the life and shape of the tree is still in existence by the clever handling and craftsmanship of the artisan carpenter. Every curve, bend and hole makes this bench and table set a true statement and the feature piece of any room.
In an industrial themed space, one cannot look past a recycled bench with wrought iron legs and stained timber riddled with imperfections to complete the look. Forget patching up holes, repairing dents and scratches; celebrate the rough and unpolished. Let it shine and give a pre-loved bench a completely new lease on life in your home.
What do you think about adding a bench to your dining space? Is it something you would consider implementing or shy away from?