A Bench at the Front Door

A Bench at the Front Door

Regina Yunghans
Aug 16, 2010

It's such a welcoming detail to add a bench at the front door. For single family detached homes, an exterior bench can be quite inviting. In an apartment building, consider a bench just inside the front door to create a gracious entry. Here are a few of each:

The benefits of having a bench at the front door, indoors or out:

  • It's a place to put on/remove shoes.
  • It provides a comfortable place for you to watch for your ride if you carpool or are waiting for company.
  • It provides a convenient surface for putting down your bags or packages when you arrive home.

Shown above, left to right:
1 The entry at the Country Living 2009 house of the year.
2 A bench welcomes guests in the garden at the front of Kevin and Greg's Sugar Shack.
3 A minimal yet functional entry hall bench from Angela Ferdi via Apartment Therapy's Entryways for Any Apartment
4 A built-in bench plus plenty of storage from Point Click Home. Photo by John Gould Bessler
5 A bench tucked into a winding stairway at This Old House.

6 A cozy entry via Earthbricker.
7 This entrance bench from Better Homes and Gardens is an attractive architectural feature of the entryway.
8 An extremely high-backed bench with a place to hang towels at a Cape Cod cottage via Veranda.

Images: Country Living, Gregory Han/Apartment Therapy, Angela Ferdi/Krisel Keeper, John Gould Bessler/Elle Decor, This Old House, Earthbricker, Better Homes & Gardens, Veranda

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