built in benches

7 Spaces for Built-In Benches

Written on November 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by

We installed a built-in window seat in our home a few months ago and we’re loving the comfort it brings, plus the bonus of additional storage below.  Built-in benches have a way of communicating to everyone “it’s time to sit and stay awhile” and they always make a home feel more welcoming. 

There are plenty of places to squeeze in a built-in bench, whether it’s one you install yourself or hire out with the service of a professional.  Either way, the end result is a cozy place to sit and get comfortable.   Here are seven different spaces to consider for including a built-in bench in your own home.  

The entry is a perfect place for a built-in – squeeze it in underneath the stairs as a place to store outerwear or as a perch for removing shoes.

bench under stairs bhg

 

A perfect way to start your day is curled up in a cozy bench that is built into a breakfast nook.  Pull up a table and a few chairs and the space becomes an instant gathering spot for breakfast or brunch.   

built in dining nook bench bhg

 

Bathrooms are another place to wedge a small built in bench for the purpose of daily grooming.

 

built in bathroom bench bhg

 

I’ve mentioned before the benefits of a multitasking mudroom.  Large or small, a built in bench is a natural fit in a space designed for transitioning from indoors to out.  

 

mud rom build in bench bhg

 

A nook with a window seat in a bedroom is desirable to most.   If space permits, consider adding a built in bench to a niche to encourage lounging and daydreaming in a bedroom retreat.

 

built in window seat bhg

 

A main living space will certainly benefit from a window seat bench where you can add decorative pillows and store reading material nearby. 

 

living area built in bench bhg

 

Last but never least, don’t forget the great outdoors!  Something as simple as stacked cinderblock can become a perch for lounging on lazy summer afternoons. 

 

cement block bench bhg

 

Do you have the good fortune of a built-in bench in your home?  Where is it and how much do you love it?

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