Built-in Benches: Storage, Seating & Style

Built-in Benches: Storage, Seating & Style

Sarah Coffey
Dec 2, 2009

Usually when we think of a built-in bench, we imagine a boxy but functional mudroom seat where shoes and umbrellas might be stored, but this double-duty piece can be sleek or simple, designed for storage or style, depending on how it's used.

The examples shown above range from a slim living room bench to a more traditional storage bench built into a hallway. One of our favorite ideas is the design by Dan Brill Architects, which uses one long piece of folded wood to define both the kitchen countertops and a wall-mounted seating area. Whatever their style, each of these benches adds form and function to the spaces they inhabit.

SHOWN ABOVE
1 Rajiv's Bangalore Wabi Sabi
2 Rex Ceramiche
3 Kitchen and Bath by Dan Brill Architects
4 Inside Out: One Man's Urban Retreat
5 Built-in Banquette from Chicago Home

LINKS TO HOW TO'S
Built-in Bench Project from HGTV
How to Build a Mudroom Bench from This Old House

Photos: Rajiv Majumdar, Rex Ceramiche, Dan Brill Architects, Jill Slater, Alan Shortall / Chicago Home + Garden

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