One of the unsung heroes of the bedroom, the wooden bedroom bench with storage capacity is an understated piece of furniture that can make or break a bedroom. The perfect addition for a bedroom in the shape of an unassuming footstool can be the difference between mediocre and breathtaking decor. At the same time, the same footstool in another room with a wider bed looks out of place and is an afterthought. Something that works in one place will most likely not work elsewhere. We’re here today to find the best bedroom bench for you; there are many options. Hopefully, we can help you sift through them and find the perfect one.
What is a Bedroom Bench
A staple of a luxurious bedroom, the bedroom bench is – in most cases – meant to serve as a decoration that adds to the bedroom and helps it appear more ‘together.’
That is not to say that it doesn’t serve a practical purpose either. Often it’s used as a footstool.
It is more commonly referred to as an ‘ottoman’ in reference to it originating from the Ottoman Empire.
Why use a Bedroom Bench
As stated previously, the chief purpose of a bench at the foot of the bed is to help the room appear more presentable. It is a great way to inject a bit more of your own personality into the bedroom. You might think this is a frivolous expense, but we think even a cheap bench at the foot of the bed can add much more than a painting on the wall could to the overall appearance of the bedroom as a whole. And oftentimes at a fraction of the price.
Practically speaking, the bench can serve a variety of purposes. If you go for a bench with a hollowed-out inside with a removable top, it serves the purpose of roomy storage space for anything you wish. From shoes to pillowcases to dirty laundry, anything can be put inside these kinds of benches that are out of sight.
Typically, benches of this variety are large, so be careful not to purchase one taller than your bed height. That’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make when decorating your bedroom. Remember, your bed needs to be taller than the bedroom bench; otherwise, the whole room looks unwieldy.
Some benches come with little shelves at the bottom, which can also serve as storage space and a great option to serve as a footstool and to put your shoes in before jumping into bed at night.
Two-door bedroom benches
Benches that open from both sides offer a number of benefits. The most obvious benefit is convenience – you don’t have to lift the entire lid to access what you need, allowing for quick storage and retrieval of items. Additionally, two doors open at once allow easier access to larger items such as blankets or quilts. Finally, having two doors can help create an even more unified look in your bedroom storage bench since they provide a symmetrical design element.
How to Choose a Bedroom Bench
When choosing a bench, the first thing to do is to look toward your bed. In almost all cases, the bed comes first, so you have to match your prospective bench’s colors with the colors of your bed in order for everything to come together.
A designer’s 101, you don’t want to get the exact same color as the bed; that’s an amateur mistake. Rather you want some contrast that makes some sense when put into the context of the room’s coloring. Factor in how the room is painted; a black upholstered ottoman won’t go with a yellow-painted sunny room, no matter how classy it looks.
Secondly, look towards the foot of your bed. If you have a footboard covering the base of your bed, you can choose between a bench with a back or one without a back. Our recommendation, in this case, is to go with one without a back that suits the color scheme. But you can pick and choose however you want.
If, on the other hand, your bed doesn’t come with a footboard, you are limited in options to a bedroom bench with a back. You can be adventurous and try out new things, but it’s a good rule of thumb to keep in mind when looking for the best bedroom bench to buy in the market.
Thirdly, you should choose whether to go with the minimalist look or if storage space is a chief concern. We are particularly in love with the understated look of a thin footstool just off the floor by a few inches. It adds a lot to the room without being unwieldy in the least.
Another thing to keep in mind, and one of the most important in our opinion, is that never, ever buy a bench that is wider than the width of the bed. It doesn’t matter how much in love with the bench you are if it doesn’t fit, don’t buy it. Unless, of course, you are willing to buy an entire bed to go along with it. And, who knows, maybe it’s time for an upgrade anyway.
The benefit of having removable legs on a bedroom storage bench is that it makes it more versatile. Removable legs allow the user to customize their seating area by changing its height and making it easier to move around if needed. Additionally, this feature prevents accidental injuries from occurring due to tripping over the legs of your storage bench as you move through your bedroom. This can be especially useful for small spaces where mobility is essential. Furthermore, removable legs make it easier to transport your storage bench if you need to move or store it away at any time.
Linen-covered bedroom storage benches
Linen fabric is an excellent choice for the cover of bedroom storage benches due to its durability and natural look. Its tight weave helps protect it from snags, rips, and tears, ensuring that your bench will look great for years to come. Linen is a classic, neutral color that can easily match any decor or furniture piece in your bedroom. The fabric also adds a touch of luxury with its soft texture and inviting feel. Additionally, linen fabric is breathable, which means it won’t trap moisture or odors like some synthetic materials may when used as a cover on bedroom storage benches.
No assembly benches
For many reasons, buying a bedroom storage bench that requires no assembly is preferable. Not only does it save time and money, but it also ensures that the product you receive is of the highest quality. When purchasing furniture with pre-assembled parts, you can be sure that all pieces fit together properly and will last for years. Furthermore, assembling furniture can be challenging and require specialized tools or skills; buying a bench with no assembly required means you don’t have to worry about making mistakes when putting the pieces together. Finally, having a bench that doesn’t require any assembly makes it much easier to move around your home if needed – take it out of the box and place it in its destination!
Armed Bedroom Bench
Some people love the bedroom bench with arms because they lay on the arm, and it feels very comfortable. The figure shows such a bedroom bench. These arms of bedroom benches act like a pillow and give you much comfort.
Ottoman benches are as varied as they are numerous. Finding the perfect one for you is no easy task, and there are hundreds of great options to sift through in order to find the best bedroom bench to buy for your bedroom.
We’ll list a few of the more standout additions to the bedroom bench catalog that we could find scouring the interwebs. These are the best of the best in terms of product quality. And they were chosen due to their nature as a great fit for multiple color schemes common in our households.
1- Simpli Home AXCF18-GL Avalon Storage Bench
Simpli Home is one of the best manufacturers you can find when looking at this particular niche. One of the reasons we picked this model, in particular, is because there are loads and loads of amazing color schemes to choose from. From Chocolate Brown to Slate Grey, you can find many different colors to choose the perfect one for your bedroom.
As you might have noticed, this is a hollowed-out bench with a lid on top and upholstered on all sides. It is raised slightly from the ground by four small ‘feet.’
This model is covered by linen fabric stitched to the bench. This adds a level of comfort and allows it to be used as an impromptu seating arrangement without being clingy like faux leather.
But if faux leather is more your thing, this model also comes in that type. Depending on your preference, you can pick and choose what you want.
Another thing we liked about this model is that it doesn’t feel overbuilt. It has a decent amount of storage space without being built overly tall.
It also comes with a child safety hinge at the top end of the bench so that lowering the lid slowly allows you to be mindful of any child putting their fingers inside when they are not supposed to.
This is more of a modern look for a bedroom bench and is particularly popular these days among designers since it goes with so many things without upstaging the rest of the bedroom.
2- SONGMICS Faux Leather Folding Storage Bench
At 43 inches in width, this is a respectably large bedroom bench. That means that you need to be certain that the width of the bed is more than 43 inches if you want to use it as a footstool in your bedroom. You can also use that as a bench by the side of the wall if you want to. Luckily for those with smaller-sized beds, this model also comes in 30 inches, meaning you can have virtually any sized bed, and it’ll fit depending on the model you order.
Aside from that, this is one of the most popular benches on the market right now due to a number of factors. One of them is definitely the fact that this has been made by SONGMICS, one of the premier brands in this industry. And Another is the massive storage space on the bench, which greatly adds to the appeal.
Like the previous bench we discussed, this one is upholstered on all sides in faux leather and has a lid on top. Unlike the last one, this model’s lid comes off entirely and is not secured by a hinge reducing the hassle even more.
The faux leather is waterproof, so you have this bed installed where children are likely to play and not worry about them spilling water all over the bench and ruining it.
Another nifty feature is the ability to fold the entire bench into a small pile of boards you can carry with you anytime.
This also comes in four colors, beige, black, brown, and white, so you can mix and match depending on the factors we discussed above.
3- Rivet Ava Mid-Century Ottoman Bench
A bit different from our last two choices, the Rivet Ava bench is one of the more minimalist benches available today. It sits at the foot of the bed comfortably and unassuming while making the room look more complete.
The bench comes in light and dark grey colors, and you choose between them. You can also choose whether you want a full-length ottoman or a smaller bench that is more squarish than rectangular. We’ll leave the specifics up to you.
This model supports more of a vintage design meant to be more aesthetically pleasing than practical. While sitting at the foot of the bed, you can use it to complement the bed and sit on it on odd occasions.
The top side of the bench is cushioned for a more comfortable seating experience. It is held up a few inches off the ground by wooden legs on the four sides. The cushion is covered by a fabric that is easy to clean but not as easy as faux leather could be.
When buying this product, remember that it is more for aesthetics than practicality.
4- Great Deal Furniture Beige Storage Bench
This storage bench is styled with a more retro look. It looks a lot more Victorian-era-esque without being so over the top that it finds no place in a modern household.
Depending on the setup of your bedroom, this could be the perfect addition to the bedroom bench. But that is not necessarily all that it can be used for. The beauty of this model is that it can serve as a standalone bench by the side of the wall without needing to justify its presence by a bed.
On top of that, it has decent storage space as the cushion acts as a lid for the empty space. Perfect for storing stuff you’d rather was out of the way but within easy reach.
It has four highly polished feet that hold it up from the bottom, colored a deep brown, almost black, and fabric covers the entire upper half of the bench colored an inoffensive beige that’s pleasing to the eyes.
A point to note is that this bench is deceptively low. Measure the bench height and compare it to your bed height to ensure you have the perfect fit for your bedroom.
5- Zinus Memory Foam Upholstered Bench
This is a memory foam bench by Zinus. This bench would go well in a bedroom with a muted color tone. Grey-colored walls with dark furniture would perfectly fit this bedroom bench. And since this particular color scheme is very popular, we considered adding this bench to the list.
The Zinus bench is taller than our other recommendations, so be careful and measure before buying. What’s great about this, though, is that you can use this bench for sitting without feeling awkward about it. Most ottomans don’t allow for a comfortable sitting experience since they are not really meant for that, so this is a definite plus.
Thin, tall black legs support the bench at the bottom, slightly curved outwards to provide more stability. It is cushioned at the top and covered with linen for added comfort.
6- Lifestyle Turino Storage Bench
This is a much more modern-looking storage bench than our other recommendations. This serves as a functional twofold storage space. The bottom half of the bench is a shelf to hold items like shoes and other stuff. At the same time, the top half of the bench is upholstered with a nice thick cushion which can be lifted to show another storage space of about 3 inches running along the length of the bench.
The rest of the bench is made of solid wood and is comfortably heavy when it sits at the foot of the bed. When ordered online, it comes in a neat package of unassembled material that you can easily assemble.
This looks and feels like a quality piece of furniture in any bedroom. It is one of those rare items that looks better in real life than in a photograph. This is our top pick for the best bedroom bench on the market.