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Debating on springing for that beautiful bench you spotted at your favorite furniture store? We’ve got 10 reasons why you need that statement seating.

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First and foremost, benches make for the cutest breakfast nooks!

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Benches can help save room — one bench can easily take the place of three or four bulky chairs!

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Pair a bench with a sheepskin and place it at the foot of your bed to designate a cozy reading spot.

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Oversized (and cushioned!) benches can easily replace the lumpy sofa in the living room.

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A gorgeous antique bench can double as seating and an accent for the entry.

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Benches also make for a great impromptu seating area, especially beneath the hallway

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A decorative bench is an effortless way to spruce up an awkward area of a home.

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Benches can also help designate an entryway – when paired with a mirror and hooks for coats – for the home that lacks one.

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Place a bench underneath a window for the ultimate reading nook.

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Forget luxury patio furniture, a simple bench is all you need to create your outdoor escape.