CHI Good Questions: Double Duty Weight Bench?

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Rachel sent us an email: "My roommate and I have started a free weights program this year (New Year's resolutions in action!) but we live in a not-so-big apartment, with no real space for any major equipment. What I'm looking for is a piece of furniture that can double as a weight bench without looking horribly out of place in the living room during the 23 hours a day it's not being a weight bench. (We've been looking for a small bench-y piece for extra seating and storage for a long time.) Any suggestions as to where to get started looking? "
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We are pretty clueless about what one looks for in a weight bench. We're figuring stability is important, but beyond that we don't know, so if our suggestion is totally wacky, you know why...

Since Rachel mentioned this would be used in the living room and that storage was another requirement, we thought that this storage bench from West Elm might work. (It could be that the rolled up rug in the photo looked somewhat yoga mat-like, making this bench feel sort of "sporty" to us, but you never know.) It does seem sturdy, stable, and has simple lines that would work with many different furniture styles, but as far as a weight bench...we're at a loss.

Can any weight lifters out there help out with suggestions for Rachel and her roommate?

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