Add One of These Benches to Any Room for an Instant Style Upgrade

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Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Looking for a way to add extra seating to your home, or an easy way to dress up an outdoor space? Add a bench. You'll find that these multi-purpose pieces are the solution to just about every "missing something" design moment. Case in point: Whether you're searching for a convenient place to sit while you put on shoes, or a way to fill in the space at the edge of your bed, a hardworking bench is the answer. And when it comes to adding a bench to the living room? Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25 says to go for a smaller, coordinating piece, which will infuse a dash of charm to the area. "Upholstered pieces in a complementing pattern add an elegant touch to the design of your living room," notes the Dallas-based designer. "And choosing a more petite size means you can easily keep it under a console table until it's needed."

Jade Joyner of design firm Metal + Petal says that taking a room-by-room approach when sourcing your bench is the best-possible method to finding one that has both good form and function. "Does it need to have a back or an upholstered seat? Should it add a pop of color to the room? Details like style and material all need to be factored in when deciding on the perfect bench to elevate and complement your space," she explains. Keep her advice in mind especially when shopping for an outdoor option—but for Ashley Moore of Moore House Interiors, exterior benches are a fun way to add a vintage piece to your home. "Old church pews are my favorite. You can find them at antique stores, flea markets, or even Facebook Marketplace," she says. "Vintage pieces like these can hold their own and don't necessarily need decoration, though a couple seasonal pillows adds a lively touch."

Ready to find the perfect bench (or benches!) for your home? Here are our current favorites—which you can buy right now.

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Mistana Ayanna Wicker Bench
Courtesy of Wayfair

Add this woven bench to your front hall or entryway for an understated touch of texture. The neutral colorway makes it easy to mix with any and every throw pillow—which means it's worth the splurge.

Shop Now: Mistana "Emmaline" Leather Bench, $629.99,

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Mixed Materials

CB2 "Luxey" Tufted Faux Mohair Bench
Courtesy of CB2

Bolsters on a bench? Sign us up. This leather and metal piece features channel pleating, a style that dates back to the 1950s. When your houseguests ask which antique market you found this gem at, just smile and nod.

Shop Now: CB2 "Luxey" Tufted Faux Mohair Bench, $599,

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Modern Wood

Live Edge Sansur Dining Bench
Courtesy of World Market

Made of Indonesian saur wood, this organically-shaped bench has a modern simplicity—it doesn't need any bells or whistles. Use it as a standalone piece for stacks of books or as extra seating at your next dinner party.

Shop Now: Live Edge Sansur Dining Bench, $399.99,

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Updated Deco

West Elm Fantanne Bench
Courtesy of West Elm

Plush gray velvet upholstery and a clean-lined metal frame make this bench a fancy addition to the end of your bed.

Shop Now: West Elm "Fantanne" Bench, $399,

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Chic and Simple

Urban Outfitters Woven Bench
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

If velvet and brass don't speak to your home's aesthetic, opt for a simple wooden bench with a woven seat, like this one. It makes for the perfect shoe station and adds a little more organization and structure to your entryway or mudroom.

Shop Now: Urban Outfitters Woven Bench, $179,

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Outdoor Seating

AllModern Degraw Bench
Courtesy of AllModern

Angular and modern, this pine piece comes in 21 colorways and is outdoor friendly (it would look great on your patio or porch). We like this natural shade, but the berry or sage options offer a fun punch of color.

Shop Now: AllModern "Degraw" Bench, $194.99,

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Classic Elegance

Pottery Barn Parkmore Reclaimed Bench
Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Turned legs and a timeless silhouette make this sturdy bench a family-friendly option (the water resistant finish doesn't hurt, either).

Shop Now: Pottery Barn "Parkmore" Reclaimed Bench, $719,

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Mid-Century Charm

Anthropologie Rhys Bench
Courtesy of Anthropologie

Modeled after Brazilian lounge furniture, this leather and wood bench comes in seven hues (we're partial to the blush) and has upholstered arms that buckle on the sides.

Shop Now: Anthropologie "Rhys" Bench, $2,798,

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Farmhouse Teak

Terrain Protected Teak Trestle Bench
Courtesy of Terrain

This teak bench is constructed using classic trestle legs (the style you see on sawhorses) and has a silvery finish that gives it a weathered, worn look (in the best way). It's perfect for indoors or outdoors—or both!

Shop Now: Terrain Protected Teak Trestle Bench, from $78,

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Bold Color

Article "Ansa" Bench
Courtesy of Article

Mid-century modern furniture connoisseurs will gravitate towards this plush bench—as will color lovers (the emerald hue is a classic).

Shop Now: Article "Ansa" Bench, $549,

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