Benches: The Bold & The Beautiful

I've never had a bench in my home. It wasn't until today — after rearranging some furniture to make room for a Craigslist purchase — that I realized I now have a bench. The realization is actually quite wonderful because we never seem to have enough seating when we have people over.

Our bench is actually a discontinued IKEA cabinet that we used to have books on. It has two large drawers below that are filled with media and things. Now that we purchased the hutch from Craigslist, the top of the cabinet is free. My fiance and I decided that we're going to make a cushion to put on top for additional seating when we entertain.

So, that got me thinking! Benches have been a popular subject on Apartment Therapy throughout the years and some of them have been pretty outstanding. My personal favorite bench inspiration is the Before & After: Michael's Missoni Bench!. It has certainly motivated me to track down awesome fabric for this new cushion!

Make an Old Coffee Table into a New Bench
Before & After: Michael's Missoni Bench!
DIY: Using IKEA Shelf Unit as Storage Bench
Entryway Bench or…Kitty Litter Box!
A Bench at the Front Door

Images: 2. Michael Graydon / Style at Home, 3. Rob Brinson for Better Homes & Gardens, 4. Ikea Hacker, 5. Krisel Keeper

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