Bench Pressing: The Case for a Bench at the Dining Table

Bench Pressing: The Case for a Bench at the Dining Table

Catrin Morris
Nov 28, 2011
As I tried to squeeze my bulky dining room chairs around our Thanksgiving table to accommodate a gaggle of toddlers and tweens, I remembered why I always wanted a bench at the dining room table… Optimizing horizontal space (no chair arms means more space for actual bodies) is not the only reason a bench makes practical and aesthetic sense in the dining room. For smaller rooms, a bench takes up much less vertical space; and it can be easily tucked under the table. And the combination of chairs and a bench is a surefire way to avoid a matchy-matchy look and bring a bit of eclecticism to a space. Whether farmhouse, picnic style or upholstered, I love the look of pairing a single bench with a cluster of dining room chairs. Here are a bevy of lovely spaces that cleverly use both benches and chairs around the dining room table. FIRST ROW 1. Layla and Kevin's Country Coastal Cottage 2. House Beautiful 3. Bess & Peter's Brick & Timber Loft 4. Dante's Charming Spanish Flat 5. Paul's Artistic Scavenged House Tour SECOND ROW 6. Hector Sanchez on Desire to Inspire via Furnnish 7. Michael & Paul's Inherited Nostalgia House Tour 8. Emily Shuman's Modern Rustic Home 9. Erin's "Cool Blue" Dining Room 10. Emily & Jacob's Poetically Photographed Home THIRD ROW 11. Mix & Match Dining Rooms From Dominos Past 12. Jason & Denise's Warm and Bright Ranch 13. House of Turquoise 14. Young House Love Images: As credited above.
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