A Man’s Home

The Double Agent
of Furniture

Best benches for your home

A Man’s Home

The Double Agent of Furniture

Perfect for just about any room in your home

When it comes to statement-making pieces of furniture—the ones that are both useful and transformative—we tend to focus on big ticket items like a sofa, bed or bookcase. But there's actually a smaller, supporting item that's deceptively impressive. The humble bench is a multipurpose piece that can solve many design challenges. It's versatile enough to fit into tight entryways, durable enough to sub-in for kitchen seating and offers streamlined style as a coffee table replacement. It's an accent piece, but it's also practical. The slim silhouette makes it ideal for tight spaces. And because it works in so many different areas, this is a piece you can repurpose year after year in different homes. Slide boxes or a trunk underneath for extra storage, or add a throw and a stack of books on top for cozy vibes. Crafted from wood, leather or metal, they're as sculptural as they are practical. To further make our case, we've rounded up ten stylish options in a range of prices.


The Best Benches
for Your Home

CB2 Leather Director's Bench

Leather director's bench,
$449 by CB2

Leather director's bench,
$449 by CB2

AllModern Walnut Slat Bench

Walnut slat bench,
$620 / $310 at AllModern

An attached marble side table

Afternoon bench,
$1,694.95 at TRNK

Nelson Platform Bench

Nelson platform bench,
$1,695 by Design Within Reach

Nelson platform bench,
$1,695 by Design Within Reach

Scout & Nimble Wyatt Bench

Wyatt bench,
$1,080 at Scout & Nimble

Article Kirun Bench

Kirun bench,
$429 by Article

Go Vintage

Search local flea markets or secondhand shops (some even sell online now). Because vintage means your bench will be unique. It will be broken-in, imbibed with history and most likely cheaper than buying new.

Modway Gridiron Stainless Steel Bench

Gridiron stainless steel bench,
$271.99 by Modway

Gridiron stainless steel bench,
$271.99 by Modway

Jayson Home Vintage Student's Bench

Vintage student's bench,
$295 at Jayson Home

Christopher Knight Home Hairpin Leg Bench

Hairpin leg bench,
$189.99 / $151.19 by Christopher Knight Home

Urban Outfitters Florence Storage Bench

Florence storage bench,
$179 at Urban Outfitters

NOTE: Items featured in this story are independently selected by the editorial team. Purchasing via our links may earn Valet. a portion of the sale, which helps fund our editorial mission.

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