by: Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
August 26, 2015
August 26, 2015
Incorporating a vintage bench into your interior keeps a space from looking too new, and it adds interest to a room full of matching furniture. Well-decorated homes frequently have a collected-over-time feel. Whether you opt for a Victorian garden bench with a cast-iron back or a low-slung, 1960’s version with an upholstered seat, there are numerous ways to use a vintage bench in your home. – From SFGate.
If you have the space, consider adding a vintage bench to your entry hall. When it rains, a bench comes in handy for removing wet shoes so you don’t track water through your home. It’s also a good spot for stashing briefcases and backpacks so you don’t forget them during the morning rush. Because your entry is the first glimpse guests get of your interior, using a vintage piece helps establish your home as an eclectic, varied space. If your front door opens right into your living room, you can use a bench to help define an entry area within the larger room.
If you have a rectangular dining table in your dining room or eat-in kitchen, consider replacing the chairs on one side with a vintage bench. Using a bench at a dining table lets you squeeze in an extra person during dinner parties and holiday meals — perhaps more than one extra if you’re seating small children — and it breaks up that bought-it-as-a-set look. If your eating space is small, opt for a backless bench, which takes up less visual space than chairs.
Placing a vintage bench at the foot of your bed provides a comfortable spot for slipping on socks and shoes, as well as a place for stowing your decorative bed pillows when it’s time to go to sleep. Bed benches also make headboard-only beds look more substantial. If you do have a footboard, opt for a backless bench or one with a back style that doesn’t look too busy against your footboard.
In the living room, you can use a vintage bench as a coffee table, a cocktail ottoman or as extra seating. For example, place a backless bench with a wooden top in front of your sofa to use it as a coffee table. A backless upholstered bench also works in front of the sofa. Place a steadying tray on top when you’re serving drinks, and then remove the tray when you want to put your feet up. Both benches with backs and backless versions can serve as seating. Place yours across from or perpendicular to your sofa, just as you would with a loveseat or settee. If it has a hard seat, you can soften the look and feel with a cushion that coordinates with the rest of your living room fabrics.
Claire is the Content Manager at InteriorCrowd. While she was studying Film and Media at Queen's University, she worked as the Photo and Media intern at Dwell Magazine and fell in love with San Francisco's design community. After graduating, she returned home to the Bay Area and joined the team at InteriorCrowd.