Awkward Space? Put A Bench On It!

19 January 2012

Dear Benches,

You have no idea how handy you are in home decorating? Awkward empty wall? Add a bench! Weird space at the end of the bed? Put a bench on it! Empty space in the bathroom that keeps reminding you how empty your life is? Bench! I think you get the picture. Thus, Emily and I are always looking for benches. Often, we enter stores and flea markets screaming at each other in terror about how there just aren’t enough benches. For some reason flea markets have been dry as a bone when it comes to benches, so I’ve taken to trolling around online for them. I found some good ready-made benches, most of them at pretty great prices. I’m actually looking for a bench for my own living room so I’ll probably be getting one of these. Let me know if any of them strike your fancy (so I’ll know which one to buy).

Who doesn’t love a pop of color? CB2, $299.

This one is clean and quiet. Unlike everything else in my apartment. Thus, it could add some much-needed simplicity. West Elm, $399

Just a basic bench at a good price. $183,

This looks very cozy and welcoming. It kind of reminds me of a whale grandma but in a good way. $307,

Knock-off Nelson Bench. Totally classic design. Don’t mind if I do… Overstock, $205

I like how modern and architectural this one is. If it were a person it would probably be snotty and pretentious and cruel, but I bet the bench would be nice to you., $850

This one is farm house-y and cute. Could add some rustic charm to my mid-century living room. CB2, $399.

I’m sorry, I still really like pin legs. So shoot me., $295

Something I’ve realized lately is that if you have a lot of vintage you need to balance it out with some fresh new pieces every once in a while. I like how bright and fresh this white bench is. $220,

This Martha Stewart bench is cute, no? Very clean lines but still has some visual interest. $229,

In conclusion, if there is anything missing in your life I’m pretty sure you can fill the void with a bench. Valentines day is coming up in about a month and I know that I’ll be on a date, sharing spaghetti with my true love. We’ll both suck on the same noodle and accidentally kiss, at which moment I’ll realize my date is actually a bench and we aren’t at the Italian restaurant from Lady and the Tramp but actually just sitting in my apartment alone, listening to Enya. Just kidding that probably wont happen. (Yes it will).


11 Comment

  1. <3 it. I have tried to convince a certain someone that a bench is totally necessary but all I get are blank stares. They're perfect for lacing up boots and similar tasks.

  2. andrea says:

    that white lacquer bench is the shizz!
    personally i plan to get this one:

  3. Jennipher says:

    LOVE the West Elm and Martha Stewart versions. I definitely vote for one of those.

  4. Barchbo says:

    I love your blog! It’s so witty and fun.

    Tonight, at dinner, I will picture your sharing a noodle with that peaceful West Elm bench. I like Martha, too, but she doesn’t seem like much for noodle-sharing.

  5. Sarah says:

    I am loving, therefore you should buy, the super simple Overstock one or the Etsy one with the pin legs.
    “if you like it then you should’a put a bench in it”

  6. Whitney says:

    I like clean & quiet from WE and just a basic bench from Overstock. Those are good. But whale grandma really got me. I mean, really got me. I love you. Bye!

  7. Lauren says:

    I like the pin leg one from etsy! 🙂 I don’t believe for one second that you’re ever alone on V-day or otherwise.

  8. OK, the knock-off NELSON looks (at least to me) too much like it belongs in a shopping center…for a bench, I prefer think, sturdy legs…the whale grandma has lovely beautiful grandma legs…I like martha or etsy architectural…and I am actually looking to fill three spaces with benches…last weekend we bought one made from the root of some very old tree: different almost sculptural (like me, jajajaaaa, I wish!!!)
    Dear Orlando, you will never spend Valentine’s on a date with a bench or any other piece of furniture, at least not sitting alone on it…

  9. Brandi says:

    I’m a borderline bench horder, it’s a problem really! I actually like the martha stewart one best! You are so funny, love reading your blog!

  10. Your post is hilarious. We love benches too. Here is a bench we have in our showroom that we just can’t get enough of:

  11. Matt L. says:

    Ooooh totalllllly lovin’ this. I’ve been eyeballing benches for da bedroom for a while now.

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