If we had to spotlight the single most important piece of furniture in an entryway, a bench would have to be it. Hear us out: It’s more than just a pit stop before you make your way out the door and far more versatile than a dumping ground for your bags, outerwear, or accessories. A proper bench can double as a decorative opportunity for making the ultimate first impression.
Regardless of your aesthetic or space constraints, finding the ideal storage-meets–statement piece is easier than you think. To help jump-start your search, we rounded up an array of inspired finds that highlight the decorative staple at its prime. Read on for the best entryway storage bench ideas for every style and space.
If you want to store and sit
This is where double-duty comes into play. Small-space dwellers, listen up. When you’re short on storage space, justifying the use of precious square footage for a bench can be a tall order, but opting for one that comes with built-in storage is a compromise we can fully support.
Valley Shoe Bench, Nomess, $479
With its built-in corrugated shelf set directly below the seat, this sleek number is all about keeping your floors free of shoe clutter.
March Wall Bench, Marti Guixe for Nikari, $3,238
With a built-in top shelf made for displaying your ever-growing plant collection and prized prints, this two-in-one piece was meant to make a statement.
Rustic Swedish Farmhouse Pine Storage Bench, 1st Dibs, $3,500
A little rustic detail never hurt, and this 19th-century farmhouse storage bench is proof. While its beautifully distressed, baby blue finish is a solid selling point, the fact that the seat reveals a hidden storage layer below is clearly its hallmark.
If you want to keep it simple
Untreated plywood is a material heavily on the rise and a prime contender for an entry bench with minimalism in mind. Thinking along the lines of simplicity, the finds ahead are ideal for curated book piles and framed prints casually stacked against the wall.
Copenhague Deux Bench, HAY, $695
Available in two understated yet design-forward colorways, this quintessentially Scandinavian bench will inspire you to live a clutter-free life.
Phoss Bench, Uhuru, $2,375
Here’s to embracing minimalism with a daring twist. With its powder-coated pink steel base and wood top, the two-tone piece is all about introducing a daring burst of color to your entry.
Nelson Platform Bench, Designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, from $1,395
Versatile enough to function as both a bench and a coffee table, this beautifully designed, two-tone piece exudes effortless cool.
If you want to make a statement
There is a distinct line between storage and art. The architectural pieces ahead blissfully blur said line, inspiring a new perspective on the entry staple.
U Bench, Christopher Stuart, price upon request
Constructed of rolled sheets of steel built to form two inverse half circles—hello, concealed interior storage—this rendition of the entry bench is quite the departure from the ordinary.
Fuze Grey Bench, CB2, $399
This versatile piece can be used both indoors and out, at the foot of the bed, and even in lieu of chairs around the dining table. That said, we would rather designate it for the entry in need of an extra burst of style.
If you want a little cushion
It’s time to reconsider the upholstered storage bench. These finds invite a much-needed refresh on the classic concept with an artful combination of eye-catching hues and materials with a modern twist.
Baenk Bench, Studio Nur for Woud, $1,094
Though entirely streamlined in composition, this minimalist bench comes with a distinctive slew of storage opportunities such as a catchall on one side and a hole on the other side for either plants or umbrellas.
Arch Bench, Bower, $3,250
Arches are increasingly becoming a prominent motif in design, and we can’t think of a better way to get in on the trend than with this sleek number.
Panca 042, DimoreStudio, $6,460
We’d be hard-pressed to clutter this beauty with any sort of decorative accessory—though that does not go to say that it won’t look just as chic when paired with a reserved cluster of throw pillows bearing a high-contrast finish.
If you want to go au naturel
Consider this a lesson in embracing the rustic-inspired sans risking a kitschy country finish. Emulating the organic forms found in nature, these finds are all about going back to the basics.
Primitive Italian Sawhorse Bench, Restoration Hardware, $995
Inspired by old Italian Alpine workbenches, this handcrafted oak piece was meant to be paired with a woven basket below and a generous stack of books up top.
Live Edge Bench, Urban Outfitters, $229
A solid live-edge detail can invite a wealth of personality to an otherwise scarcely decked entry. With its A-frame legs, this option is the ideal compromise between modern and rustic.