If you’re looking to add a piece to your living room that is both functional and stylish, a living room bench is a perfect addition.
A bench in the living room is the perfect way to add some extra seating without taking up too much space. And the best part is, there are endless styles to choose from!
We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, so get ready to get inspired!
Choosing the Right Bench
There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing your living room bench. Shape, material, and color, all things you’ll need to consider when choosing your bench.
The size of your living room will play a big part in the bench you pick. If you have a smaller space, consider something with a smaller frame. You may also want to think about something that has storage, so you can make the most out of your new piece.
You’ll also want to look at the other materials in your living room. If you have a wooden coffee table, a wooden living room bench will match nicely.
Alternatively, you could opt for a metal bench for some contrast. Think about the placement as well; if you will be using it as seating often, look for something with a back. Otherwise, if it’s more of a display for the most part, and only used as seating when you have lots of guests over, a back may not be necessary.
30+ Ideas for Living Room Bench and Styling
Here are some of the best living room bench ideas for your home!
- Go rustic with a farmhouse style bench for your living room. There are a few different places you can find this style; checking your local thrift store or flea market is a good place to start. If you have a larger budget, you could also look for some local artisans. Or, if you’re lucky, maybe you have a friend or family member that has some woodworking talent!
- If you’re looking for a living room bench with comfortable seating, look for one that is cushioned. Cushioned benches are a great way to add some additional seating in your living room. They will also give more options for color! If you want your living room bench to be an accent piece, find one that is a fun color, such as red, turquoise, or yellow.
- Maybe sleek and modern is more your style. Look for a living room bench that has more of an industrial feel, something with clean edges. Benches like this are typically metal, though you may also find one that has a faux concrete or stone finish.
- If you are looking to make the most out of your living room bench, try finding one that has built in storage. This way you can make up for the space taken up by the bench by storing some other items in it. You can store things like board games, blankets, or books, so you can keep your living room clutter free. The storage can either be closed or open, in which case you can use baskets to keep things organized.
How to Decorate Your Living Room Bench
There are a few different ways you can decorate your living room bench, depending on the style and placement. If your bench will be up against a wall, you can decorate it as you would a shelf. Place some plants and other small knick knacks on top (provided it has a flat surface).
If your bench is by a window, it’s the perfect opportunity to create a little reading nook! Grab a comfortable pillow or cushion and add a cozy throw blanket.
Make sure there’s a table nearby to keep your drink of choice.
How to Hide your Living Room Bench
If you have limited space, or wish to only bring your bench out when you need extra seating, you can hide it until you need it. Ideally, if you can slip it behind your couch when you’re not using it, it will be completely out of the way.
If that’s not an option, you could also disguise it in a sense. Otherwise, you can slip it underneath another piece of furniture, such as your coffee table or a shelf.
Adding a living room bench is a great way to add some additional seating and/or storage to your living room. There are so many different styles to choose from, and many of which can be found at a price point that will keep you under budget!