Modern benches offer some surprises, especially some of the updated storage benches. For those of us who fit simultaneously into two categories, people who collect "stuff" and those who entertain often, storage benches solve two problems. They give us much needed storage space and extra seating. It seems many of us never have enough of either.
The surprise comes when you see these stylish, modern benches and how many of them are designed from a different perspective, with a twist on the type of storage they offer. For example, the Bench with File Drawers from Home Decorators Collection takes extra seating into the home office. As a bonus, under its plush comfy seating are two file drawers for all that extra paperwork that constantly clutters up your workspace. Choose from black, red, Moroccan brown or eggplant cushions.
For all the other rooms in your home, you'll find many storage benches among StylePath's more than 1,000 modern benches.
The Regina Narrow Hall Tree makes a stunning focal point in this entry. The boldness of its black window pane pattern paired with a strikingly tall back makes this a top pick among many other country style benches and hall trees. Among its other standout features are a handy seat with an underneath storage bin, a narrow design for smaller spaces and six top hooks for coats, hats and scarves.
Although, the Regina Hall Tree lends itself towards a more country or casual décor, it would really pop in an all black and white contemporary design or in a eclectic space with a mix of other woods.
This week Susi created a room around a lovely little creature we featured in a post earlier in the week. The lucky starlette inspiring this Friday Finds' room is no other than the CZ Spider Pin Brooch. Check out the results of Susi's inspiration and let us know what you think.
The CZ Spider Pin Brooch is encrusted with pink and clear dazzling CZs.
The Moravi Pendant's inspiration comes from the Moravian star, a symbol of good luck since the 15th century.
The Carden Oval Wall Mirror gets its antique look from hand-forged metal with a black and silver finish applied.
The Kaleidoscope Lipstick Decorative Pillow in New Zealand wool is hand-dyed and hand-embroidered.
Surya Vine Rug from Surya Artist Studio gives a contemporary look.
The Brushed Zeta Indoor Architectural Bench is a stunner and doubles as a work of art.
If you are short on space in your home or apartment, choosing furnishings that are dual-purpose will help keep your place uncluttered. Storage benches, like the wooden benches below, offer alternate seating while providing the extra storage space you need.
Kudos go to this novel bench/storage/table combination for its genius space saving features. The Craftsman Gossip Bench from Home Decorators Collection offers handcrafted Arts and Crafts styling of its rich wood construction in a dark oak stain. The bicast leather cushion offers comfortable seating while the tabletop gives you a handy place to sit a cup of coffee. It boasts five drawers and four wicker baskets to store anything from gardening shoes to magazines.
The Winslow Bench from Home Decorators Collection offers a more formal take on the storage bench and throws in a twist—storage for 10 pairs of shoes! The ornately carved panels slide to reveal storage on each side. Three drawers offer extra storage for smaller items. The upholstered seat provides a great place to put your shoes on as you run out the door. Solid wood construction is set off by any one of the rich finish options like Antique Cherry, Antique Oak, Ivory, Cream Leather or Tuscan (we love the cream leather) and topped by an upholstered cushion.
Do you live in a small space with limited storage? What storage options do you rely on? Let us know what's on your mind...