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Friday
Nov022012

Benches

I have benches on the brain, as the one from ReOrient that I purchased last weekend was delivered yesterday. I have a random grouping of chairs at my dining table, and some of them I've been wanting to get rid of, so I figured I could use the bench on one side and my 2 white Panton S chairs and an Eames shell chair on the other. To my horror, the bench is about a HALF INCH too long. *&^%!!! There has got to be a way to rectify this but so far I haven't come up with anything yet. Since I'm home sick with an awful cough today I will see what I can do. If there is nothing I can do about it (likely), the bench will reside under my living room window, and act as an end table for the couch, a perch for the cats to bird watch, and a spot to put shoes on/off at the front door. (Only in a 12' wide house can you have something perform 3 functions just because it's long). Benches are, in my humble opinion, a very underused piece of furniture. They are great in a living room when you want a good sight-line into the next space but need the seating. Benches are handy at a dining table because they can push under the table (if they're not too long like in my case!) and not take up space. They are cute at the end of a bed to stash books and extra blankets, and fabulous in an entryway to throw your purse on and sit to put on shoes. How about in a bathroom to toss your clothes on before jumping into the shower? I also love them in a hallway to fill the void since they are typically nice and narrow. Here is a round-up of photos of benches I found in my stash. (P.S. I did a bench post a while back here). 

Hus & Hem

Covet Garden

Rue

Hus & Hem

Mark Williams

Vogue

Nuevo Estilo

RUM

Hus & Hem

Nuevo Estilo

Design*Sponge

ifi.no

Ashe + Leandro

Design*Sponge

Sunset

Design*Sponge

Nuevo Estilo

Studio Garneau

MH Studio

Sunset

Eva Lindh

Reader Comments (8)

Kim,

How right you are about the versatility of benches!
For example, here's at least 60 ways to place a bench:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/67338360@N07/8125068830/in/photostream/

On the misfit bench problem, here's a suggestion:
Follow the Inspired-life DIY way:
Make the bench even more conversation worthy.
Saw off one side making it asymmetric.
Or saw off a bit of both sides if you need the exercise.
Seal the ends with either clear polyurethane or colorful paint you might find at hand.
Enlist a helpful friend in your project.
Then celebrate your accomplishment.

My motto: Share a bench!

Raf

I am sure there is a way to shorten your bench Kim, although it might involve a metal-working shop! Half-an-inch is just so tantalisingly unfair!

2 Nov 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTricia Rose

The bench in the Rue photo looks like it's a little long, doesn't it? (And it still looks good!)

2 Nov 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Haha unfair for sure...It is a drag ...love benches what I like most is their versatility in sitting...good luck with yours Kim.

2 Nov 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKMP modern

Benches are a mean thing to put around a dining room table - the best way to get rid of your guests - after an hour or two sitting on a bench your back aches and you end up lounging all over the table just to ease the pain!!

2 Nov 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjulie

I have a bench fetish. Every time I go into a furniture shop I gravitate straight to any benches. They are increadibly functional and are great to look at. Thanks for all the pictures.

2 Nov 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia

I made myself one last year to put in the vestibule of my new house before I moved. I use it like you say to throw my purse on and to sit on to put my shoes. It's very similar to the one in the picture here http://hairpinlegs.com/gallery/large/025image.jpg I think I had seen the picture on Pinterest. I ordered the hairpin legs from hairpinlegs.com where I got the picture to post here. I bought the plank from a little shop in Wakefield where they make pine furniture. The plank still has the marks of the saw and bark on the edges. I should have sanded it a bit more but it turned out pretty good.

3 Nov 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLouise

Benches have a gorgeous symmetry and all, but I have to agree with Julie -- they're SO uncomfortable to sit at for any length of time.

5 Nov 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathie

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