You have no idea how handy you are in home decorating? Awkward empty wall? Add a bench! Weird space at the end of the bed? Put a bench on it! Empty space in the bathroom that keeps reminding you how empty your life is? Bench! I think you get the picture. Thus, Emily and I are always looking for benches. Often, we enter stores and flea markets screaming at each other in terror about how there just aren’t enough benches. For some reason flea markets have been dry as a bone when it comes to benches, so I’ve taken to trolling around online for them. I found some good ready-made benches, most of them at pretty great prices. I’m actually looking for a bench for my own living room so I’ll probably be getting one of these. Let me know if any of them strike your fancy (so I’ll know which one to buy).
Who doesn’t love a pop of color? CB2, $299.
This one is clean and quiet. Unlike everything else in my apartment. Thus, it could add some much-needed simplicity. West Elm, $399
Just a basic bench at a good price. $183, Overstock.com
This looks very cozy and welcoming. It kind of reminds me of a whale grandma but in a good way. $307, Overstock.com
Knock-off Nelson Bench. Totally classic design. Don’t mind if I do… Overstock, $205
I like how modern and architectural this one is. If it were a person it would probably be snotty and pretentious and cruel, but I bet the bench would be nice to you. Etsy.com, $850
This one is farm house-y and cute. Could add some rustic charm to my mid-century living room. CB2, $399.
I’m sorry, I still really like pin legs. So shoot me. Etsy.com, $295
Something I’ve realized lately is that if you have a lot of vintage you need to balance it out with some fresh new pieces every once in a while. I like how bright and fresh this white bench is. $220, apt2b.com
This Martha Stewart bench is cute, no? Very clean lines but still has some visual interest. $229, homedecorators.com
In conclusion, if there is anything missing in your life I’m pretty sure you can fill the void with a bench. Valentines day is coming up in about a month and I know that I’ll be on a date, sharing spaghetti with my true love. We’ll both suck on the same noodle and accidentally kiss, at which moment I’ll realize my date is actually a bench and we aren’t at the Italian restaurant from Lady and the Tramp but actually just sitting in my apartment alone, listening to Enya. Just kidding that probably wont happen. (Yes it will).