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transit indoor bench seat in black from globewest

13 Indoor Bench Seat Options, from Dirt Cheap to Designer

Indoor bench seats are on the up and up. I mean, think about it; 10 years ago there were nowhere near as many dominating homes. You may have seen a bench seat used at the end of the bed or in a dining room, but that’s about it.

Now, you can use them just about anywhere in the home, and the entryway is one of my fave spots to pop one. It makes for a great little shoes-on station, and you can easily decorate around them.

The option above from Globewest (you can shop it further down) is a perfect example. Leave your fave shoes underneath the bench, pop a book on top, and add in a few decorative hooks above for jackets and scarves. Seriously; I want and need one in my life.

If you’re after other entryway decorating ideas, this post is for you.

If you’re as hungry for a bench in your home as I am, today’s post has you covered. I’m lifting the lid on 13 fabulous indoor bench seats from some of your fave brands. And I’m also throwing in some designer options from makers you may not have heard of yet. Because, truly, there’s nothing better than discovering a local designer whose products make your heart skip a beat.

So let’s get into drooling over some phenomenal indoor bench seats!

Sawdust Bureau indoor bench seat for end of bed

Indoor Bench Seats for the Bedroom

My, my, my. Indoor bench seats for the bedroom have come a long way. Sure, there are loads of options that feature a clean, slimline design. But I love the idea of a bench seat with built-in storage.

As you well know, wardrobes never have enough room to hold all your shoes (click here for my post on combatting that issue), so a bench seat like the one above from Sawdust Bureau is the answer.

And as you can see, it also holds all your fave magazines, so flipping through a mag on the weekend – from bed – is going to become a whole lot easier (and stylish). It also has built-in wine bottle storage as well, so don’t think this is a bench seat strictly for the bedroom. It could go behind a sofa (like in the image below) or you could use it as a coffee table.

clickon furniture indoor bench seat behind sofa

Indoor Bench Seats for the Living Room

So many living rooms, like mine, force you to have a layout where the sofa back is exposed to the room. Often the space can feel a little unresolved. The sofa might not be high enough to push a hall table up against it, but an indoor bench seat is a whole other story.

I love the concept of putting a bench along the back of your sofa. It covers what might be a sofa back that’s less than sexy, and it instantly gives you additional seating. If you choose a lightweight option, you can easily move it around. And decorating it with cushions and throws is a winning strategy that’ll add more warmth to the room.

The option above is from Clickon Furniture and you can shop it in the mood board below.

indoor bench seats for bedroom or entryway

Indoor Bench Seats Mood Board 1

Simply click on the retailer links below and you’re on your way to nabbing your fave indoor bench seat.

  1. Bogart Bench Seat, $1605 from Globewest
  2. Tip Toe Bench, $529 from Clickon Furniture
  3. Grace Leather Bench, $999 from Freedom
  4. Oak Spindle Bench, $785 from Clickon Furniture
  5. Gus Transit Bench, $1050 from Globewest
  6. Kent Bench in Blush, $1490 from Barnaby Lane

indoor bench seats for entryway or bedroom

Indoor Bench Seats Mood Board 2

Didn’t like any of the indoor bench seats I featured in mood board one? Maybe these six will take your fancy! You know the drill; just click on the link to hit the retailer website.

  1. Wren Storage Bench, $399 from Freedom
  2. Woven Bench Seat, $39 from Kmart
  3. Studio Bench Seat, $129 from Fantastic Furniture
  4. Grey Velvet Bench Seat, $45 from Kmart
  5. Bloomingville Straight Bench, $1400 from Clickon Furniture
  6. Contessa Bench, $199 from Lounge Lovers

bloomingville indoor bench seats on tlc interiors blog

Have I Missed a Brand?

I’d love to know if you’ve bought an indoor bench seat for your home recently. Did it come from a designer or retailer I’ve missed in this post? Drop me a comment below and let me know; I’d love to check them out!


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Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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15 Responses

  1. Great article. But … I’d really appreciate some more price conscious options for benches if you happen to come across any your could recommend. The Kmart and Freedom ones aren’t quite what I’m looking for, but I also don’t want to pay $1,500 for something to sit on when putting my shoes on each morning!

    1. Hey there. What sort of price point are you looking for? There were five options under $400. Sadly there seems to be a bit of a jump between benches at the lower end and the higher end. Hope you find the bench of your dreams. I’m obsessed with all of them 🙂

  2. Great article. Timing is impeccable.

    I have a serious search on now for a bench seat.

    The only issue I am having is the size I am after, but the quest continues.

    1. Oh thank you Carol. I hope you find the right one. Nothing worse than being restricted by size right – sometimes everything else about the bench seat is amazing, except the size!

  3. I am a little obsessed with finding the right bench seat for my foyer. It will be sitting on a timber floor and up against the stair railing which is also timber so probably not a timber bench. I am thinking black legs and maybe a neutral coloured seat as I want to jazz it up with a bright cushion or two.

  4. Hi Chris, great post (again).

    It’s sort of within the same realm but am currently trying to source a simple daybed to sit beneath a master bedroom window to look out onto park views.
    Any recommendations at all? TIA xx

  5. We were lucky enough to get a Coco Republic ex display home bench and cushion for $200 which was originally retailing over $800. It was in a Porter Davis display.

  6. Hi Chris,
    I love this article – did you know that the studio bench seat from Fantastic Furniture does not seem to be available any more. Pity, because it is a great semi-industrial look at a very good price.

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