Sure, you could just surround your dining table with individual chairs — but there's something about sitting down to a meal on a bench with people you love that's so communal, so convivial. A dining bench says "I like you so much that when you get up to go the bathroom, I am willing to get up as well." It's also a lovely design statement and a nice way to shake things up a little in the dining room. Less individual seats means less visual clutter, and a backless version can keep sight lines clear. Here are 15 of our favorites.
Midcentury details give this bench a touch of quirky character.
I love the sleek, modern look of this bench — and the padded seat means it's friendlier for long meals.
An understated style with a touch of elegance via the brass-end legs.
The Dexter Bench can be used both indoors and out. There's also an option for a cushion, if you plan on lingering at the table for a while.
A Parsons bench rendered in rustic wood.
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I love the light, airy look of this white-on-white bench. (It's also available in grey and beige fabric, as well.)
Like a modern take on the classic school chair — a great way to add a little rustic elegance to your dining room.
Nice and long and minimal and elegant. Also available as a 42" bench.
The shape makes it modern, and the velvet makes it just a little bit fancy.
This beautifully crafted bench can seat up to four.
Other Good Resources:
- 10 Dining Benches for Casual, Family-Style Seating - Best Products
- 15 Dining Benches That Will Make You Want to Be a Bench Warmer - Kitchn
- DIY Farmhouse Bench - Love Grows Wild
This Florence Knoll-style bench is the perfect way to add a little elegance to your dining room.