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The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Hallway Benches
What materials are best for a foyer bench?
Functionality is the main purpose of most indoor benches. The materials used to construct them are usually of a lighter weight than those used in their outdoor counterparts. Each material is chosen with a specific design in mind. Wicker, leather-bound, and hardwoods are ideal for an upholstered bench used in the hallway while tougher materials like metal and teak wood are saved for a mud room bench. Manufacturers like lightweight, easy to move materials as well as ones that will withstand the test of time in home décor.
Which hallway bench is best for additional seating?
When you are shopping for additional seating, you will want to look for an upholstered bench that provides a comfortable place to sit. They can include storage space or not. These benches have a style well-suited to indoor use and are ideal for entertaining guests. You could also use an outdoor bench in this situation, but be aware that the cushioned seating may be rougher to the touch and not as comfortable over extended lengths of time.
Can I use my foyer bench for storage?
Indoor benches are often designed to provide extra storage within the home. They are ideal as a mud room bench or in any room where you want to reduce the look of clutter. There are two main types available: cabinet style or cubby style. Cabinet style benches will have a lift top that can be opened to reveal plenty of storage space for blankets, games, crafts, toys, or anything else you need to tuck away. Cubby style benches have an open front with shelving or dividers that make organization easy to accomplish. Some have baskets that pull out like a drawer to keep everything looking neat and clean.
What size of bench should I buy?
You will find that a wood bench as well as wicker and other designs come in a variety of sizes. You will want a bench that fits neatly into your space while still being large enough to function properly. Begin by measuring the area where you plan to use the bench. Once you know how big it can be, decide on a style. Smaller petite benches work wonderfully in an entrance way or hallway where it is more for aesthetics than functionality. Look for a heavier wood bench if people will be frequently sitting on it.