How benches can enhance almost any room in your home


By AGENCY

A bench helps to both frame this living space and provide additional seating. Photos: Handout/TNS

Looking for extra seating for a living space or to add a finishing touch to a bedroom? Why not consider adding a bench?

From custom upholstery to millwork and those of different sizes, shapes and fabrics, benches can serve as the ideal accompaniment to nearly any room of the home.

Looking for opportunities to incorporate a bench into your space? Here are some do’s and don’ts.

A handcrafted bench adds an element of grandeur to this home entry. A handcrafted bench adds an element of grandeur to this home entry.

Do’s

- Do use a bench in an entry area. A bench can provide both function as well as an aesthetic design element to highlight an entry area.

- Do consider adding a bench as an additional seating element in a social area, such as a living or family room. Benches can especially work well in areas in which the desire is to not obscure or obstruct a view.

- Do consider a pair of benches in areas where flexibility or having modular elements is a consideration.

A velvet bench adds a finishing touch of elegance to this bedroom. A velvet bench adds a finishing touch of elegance to this bedroom.

Don'ts

-Don’t place benches in areas where they can obstruct room flow, windows or doorways.

- Don’t compete with current furnishings. Choose a bench in a material or finish that is complementary to existing decor.

- Don’t ignore the opportunity to create custom sized or produced benches to provide seating opportunities for odd sized or shaped areas or spaces. – Tribune News Service


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