The 11 Best Dining Room Benches for an “Epic” Dinner Party

updated Feb 16, 2024
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Light filled dining room with wooden credenza below window and wooden rectangular table flanked by matching benches. Oval mirror sits on wall above former fireplace. Bookshelf in the corner.

Everyone wants to feel like family around the dining table. Whether you’re hitting up your favorite local restaurant or celebrating holidays with your loved ones, a full dining room table is a spot where everyone feels welcome (and leaves full).

While the most important thing in this scenario is great food and great company, a masterful dining room setup can go a long way to fostering a family-style atmosphere. 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 and joyful. 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. Even better, fewer individual seats mean less visual clutter, making a bench a great option for small or transitional spaces (you can even tuck a backless version beneath the table when not in use). Below, shop 11 of our favorite dining room benches for your space—and get ready to plan an epic dinner party.

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Calling all apartment dwellers! This Amazon bench is one of the smaller picks on our list, making it the ideal choice if you're short on space. Also, because it's designed without a back, this petite bench can be tucked beneath your dining room table to give you space to work from home, sneak in a yoga session, or host a cocktail party.

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Buying a dining bench separate from your dining table can make it difficult to find a perfect style match, but this bench from Target simplifies things for you. The mid-tone wood frame base and creamy upholstered seat are universal enough to go with almost any existing set, making pulling together your dream dinner party space that much easier.

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West Elm

Leather may seem fragile, but it's actually one of the most durable materials out there, especially when it comes to upholstery. It can stand up to anything you throw at it — it's wipeable, stretches, wears beautifully, and (in most cases) won't soak up the rouge sauce or soup spill. Simply put, leather — and thus, this gorgeous West Elm bench — can do it all. P.S. We also love the matching chairs from this set, too.

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was $349.00

Article is well-known for its sleek, modern furniture and this bench certainly falls in line with that ethos. With thin powder-coated steel legs and a plush tufted top (made from high-resiliency foam, so you know it can hold its own), it's the perfect piece for a dining room that skews industrial or edgy. Bonus: You can choose from a selection of fabric options, including blue, olive, and various leathers.

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was $99.00

If your style skews a bit glam, this eye-catching bench will be the perfect glimmering accent for your space. The black fabric on the bench boasts a subtle herringbone pattern that gives it texture and interest—plus hides any crumbs leftover from breakfast.

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This bench from Sundays Furniture may be simple, but boring it is not. The clean lines and rounded bullnose ends keep it feeling soft and accessible, while plank legs add a modern touch. It's made of durable oak and oak veneer, so it'll hold up well through every family meal and rowdy dinner party on your agenda. Love the look? The brand makes a coordinating table, too.

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was $209.99

The plush top on this farmhouse-style bench and its unique base give it antique appeal, making it appear like a lucky vintage find instead of a brand-new buy from Wayfair. Plus, at just under $200, it will still leave you with enough of your design budget to pick out the other chairs or dishware you really want.

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Interior Define
was $845.00

If you want the experience of creating custom, made-for-you furniture, Interior Design is your shopping destination. The DTC retailer has endless customization options for their furniture, including this stylish bench, which can be personalized with your choice of almost 100 fabric options, including performance velvet, performance chenille, velvet, and more.

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Anything designed in partnership with Joanna Gaines gets our instant stamp of approval, including this shaker-style bench. The clean lines and simple design make it perfect for fans of Magnolia's signature farmhouse aesthetic, but it's flexible enough to skew modern or industrial, too.

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West Elm
was $625.00

This stylish West Elm perch seamlessly toes the line between masculine and feminine, thanks to a rounded oak (or walnut) frame and channel-tufted leather top. At 64-inches long, it can comfortably seat up to three people (but more, if your guests are willing to get a bit cozier).

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Browse Anthropologie's website and you're pretty much guaranteed to find something special and unique, so it's a great spot to comb if you're looking for a dining room bench that stands out from the crowd. This all-velvet piece basically doubles as art, with a sculptural shape that feels very now. Bonus: The high back is extra supportive, so dinner party guests will feel comfortable lingering (literally).