Benches are peculiar furniture pieces. They don’t strike us as modern and they don’t exactly have a unique, defined function. They’re more of a multifunctional and versatile piece with a casual look which you can take advantage of in certain situations. They fit nicely in malls and other public spaces and they can be an equally good match for private homes. The modern bench is a reinterpretation of the modest planks used in a time when chairs were reserve for only the important people. After this period came a time when banquette seating was almost entirely replaced by chairs which became the primary form of seating. Yet benches didn’t disappear entirely and today we’ll reveal some of the modern and updated designs that keep it alive.

Perky Plywood Bench With Ticking Cushion

They don’t strike us as modern and they don’t exactly have a unique, defined function.

A practical oak and plywood bench seat with patterned feather cushion for a relaxed style, perfect for the hallway, kitchen or bedroom. Find it at Winter’s Moon.

Oak Bench

They don’t strike us as modern and they don’t exactly have a unique, defined function.

A clean stylish design this solid oak bench is an eye-catching home decor piece that is perfect for any space. Handmade from sturdy oak wood, the top is tapered toward the middle making it super comfortable and a wonderful place to sit. Perfect for a dining room table or a hallway alike. Find it at James Design.

Clockhouse Hallway Bench In Charcoal

They don’t strike us as modern and they don’t exactly have a unique, defined function.

The Clockhouse Hallway Bench has been designed with both style and practicality in mind. Find it at Garden Trading.

Canterbury Bench Stool

They don’t strike us as modern and they don’t exactly have a unique, defined function.

A popular stool for in front of your sofa, in the hallway for taking shoes off after a hard day, or at the end of a bed. A simple, smart design that can work in any room with your choice of fabric and legs. Find it at Footstools & Storage.

Byron Indoor Outdoor Bench

They don’t strike us as modern and they don’t exactly have a unique, defined function.

Its simple, clean lines make it a stylish addition to your garden or conservatory, kitchen or hallway. Beautifully hand crafted, this practical piece has a sturdy back rest and deeper seat for comfort, making it the perfect seating for wriggling kids at the dinner table, or team with a cushion in the garden to sit in the sun and enjoy your favourite read. Find it at Rowen & Wren.

Bayonne Storage Bench

They don’t strike us as modern and they don’t exactly have a unique, defined function.

Suitable as a blanket box, toy chest or perhaps hallway storage for shoes, this piece boasts multiple uses. Find it at The Orchard.

A Frame Bench

They don’t strike us as modern and they don’t exactly have a unique, defined function.

It’s most obvious use would be alongside a dining table to give a more casual approach to dining and to be able to fit more guests at the table as you can seat more on a bench than with chairs. It also works well for children as they can hop on and off it without having to move heavy chairs. Find it at Ollu Furniture.

Bench With Industrial Hairpin Legs In Oak

They don’t strike us as modern and they don’t exactly have a unique, defined function.

A beautiful European Oak bench with timeless hairpin legs. You can make the neighbors jealous no matter what your home or space’s existing palette is. Find it at Cord Industries.

Mid Century Hallway Bench

They don’t strike us as modern and they don’t exactly have a unique, defined function.

This Mid-Century Storage Bench is crafted from solid wood, adding modern-day sustainability to its timeless style. Find it at Grattify.

Scandi Style Rattan Bench In Natural Finish

They don’t strike us as modern and they don’t exactly have a unique, defined function.

Its light and airy design will enhance your hallway providing a great spot to rest your derriere whilst popping on your shoes – unless you’re a pro at the Sun Salutation and can fold yourself in half!. Or it would look fabulous in a room finished in true Scandinavian style, with a palette of pale grey, wooden furniture and white walls…so on trend! Find it at Cuckooland.

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