05 September 2021

Treasures from the Trash: A Bench

I love a good bench! It's welcoming and it says "come sit a while", "chill", "hang-out." 

I love it even more when it's free!

I found this by the curbside. While the leather is peeling, its overall shape is intact. Paint and new upholstery are all it needs for its transformation from blah to TADA!

I would choose a neutral-colored fabric for the cushion and update the legs in a dark stain: 

West Elm bench
via West Elm 

All Modern, Valera Button Tufted Upholstered Bench
via All Modern

Veronica Ivory Linen Bench, BHG.com
via bhg.com

Here are possible ways to use the bench:

entryway lighting ideas, Station Home
via Station Home
Put it by the entry way where the family can easily wear their shoes before heading out.

Tablet Charme Blonde Rectangular Ottoman - Ottomans - Article | Modern, Mid-Century and Scandinavian Furniture
via Article.com
When guests come, they can deposit their bags here instead of on the floor or on the living room couch. 

Black Wave Poster, Ocean Wave Print, Black and White Minimalist Sea Wave Wall Art, Surf Wave Portrait, Surfer gift, surf vintage poster
via Etsy

I like it leaning against a wall for extra seating in the living room.

my scandinavian home: The home of a Danish interior designer
via My Scandinavian Home

Or position it by a sunny window, making a cozy reading nook.

bed, bedroom, bench in bedroom, uses for benches, Trendir.com
via Trendir.com

In sleeping quarters, a common way to use it is below the bed for seating and extra storage. 

30+ Amazing Closets Design And Decor Ideas For Women #decoratingideas #decoratinghomecheap #decoration, Warna Home
via WarnaHome

If you have a walk-in closet, a bench comes in handy when planning outfits and packing for trips...or just sitting and admiring your pretty clothes!

Wall-mounted Ikea 'Alex' drawers & 'Sigurd' bench, Leva and Bo
via Leva & Bo

Use it for a dressing table, spacious enough for "mommy and me" afternoons or make-up sessions with your best friend.   

modern neutral dining room | house tour on coco kelley
via Coco and Kelly

It also provides a more laid back vibe in the dining room...TADA!

If you found a bench like this one, what would you do with it? 


  1. Instead of a neutral upholstery, I'd choose something vivid and stick it in the entryway. It'd be a bright welcome on a dreary day.:-)

    1. That's a great choice, Priscilla! Love a statement piece of furniture!


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