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Use a Bench For Organizing Your Living Room

Casa Quickie: Let a Bench Do Double Duty

Benches are an unsung hero in room design. During a party, they can accommodate several guests in a small space. At a dinner, you can move it over to an extended dining table if you don't have enough chairs. In between gatherings, this work-horse piece of furniture can be staged next to a sofa or chair to add structure to a room.

I use a long oak bench as a low console table equivalent behind my sofa. It's a great place to stack quilts and a pretty container holding my son's toys. More organizing containers can easily — and attractively — fit underneath.

Try out this technique for your bench, which I found in Matthew Gleason's portfolio, and create an instant reading area with books and a table lamp. Or, go for broke and use the entire length of the bench as a low bookshelf.

Do you decorate with benches in your house? How do you use yours?

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skigurl skigurl 5 years
We have one which also does double duty: it hides a mess of unsightly cords which have to live where they live (from the TV, TIVO, phone etc.), and it opens up to house cozy blankets and a couple other random things that don't have a home. If we needed extra seating, I would surely pull it out form the wall, as well.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
We have one which also does double duty: it hides a mess of unsightly cords which have to live where they live (from the TV, TIVO, phone etc.), and it opens up to house cozy blankets and a couple other random things that don't have a home. If we needed extra seating, I would surely pull it out form the wall, as well.
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