A great bench can many hats: it can sit in your hallway and greet you when you get home; it can sit in front of your coffee table holding your magazines, books and even your feet; it can feel equally at home even in a bathroom. With so many possibilities for a slatted bench, we like that we have just as many choices available. Here are two... The Nelson platform bench with its beautiful lines and made from sturdy maple is an eternal classic. Designed by George Nelson and manufactured by Herman Miller, the Nelson bench is one of those pieces which is instantly recognizable. We were lucky to score one extremely under price at a clearance sale and find that it’s perfect for our hallway. Perhaps inspired by the Nelson bench is the Haruki Slat Bench, available at Urban Outfitters. Made from solid ash, the Haruki bench is 55" wide and 16" tall and features verticle and horizontal slats. Like the Nelson, the Haruki may be used as a bench or coffee table.