Small Space Solution: A Basic Bench

Although benches are a subject that's been covered before on Apartment Therapy, we're always finding great new examples of these hard-working staples being put to use in homes...

What makes them work so well in a small space is their versatility. When you re-arrange your furniture, you can almost always find space for a bench: in the entryway, at the foot of the bed, in the bathroom, or repurposed as a coffee table.

One of our favorite uses is shown above, in the first photo from Emily and Jacob's home. At the dining table, a bench can fit more people than separate chairs, and it chops up the "sameness" of a complete set of identical dining chairs.

For a more thorough look at the homes shown above, click through the links:
1 Emily and Jacob's Poetically Photographed Home
2 Teresa, Colin & Lauren's Family Home
3 Meg and John's Big City Home
4 Chuck and Holly's High School Home
5 Jeff and Jennifer Isbell's 1970 Half-Circle Home

Photos: Emily Anderson, Sarah Coffey, Janel Laban, Chuck Anderson, Evan Thomas