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Add Charisma to Your Rooms With Benches

A bench can become one of the most useful furniture pieces in your home. Not only is it a great place for family members and friends to sit, but it can be easily moved around to add seating in different areas.

Not sure you want to utilise a bench for sitting purposes? It can display flower pots, vases, collectibles, pillows and books. As you consider which type of benches for sale suit your style, don’t forget they come in many finishes and colours. It’s easy to pick the living room, dining room or kitchen benches that adds charisma to your interior design.

Selecting a benchtop will be highly reliant upon which room in the house it is to be used for.

Having said that, there are still several considerations you need to keep in mind regardless of what room your benchtop will be ultimately installed in.

Benchtop Function

Where your benchtop will be situated, will have an impact on what finish your benchtop should have. For example, if the benchtop is being installed in the kitchen, you will need to keep in mind that it will be required to be heat resistant and have some form of water proofing. Likewise, a bathroom or powder room should also be water resistant. Some benchtop options can also be vulnerable to stains, so keep this in mind especially when selecting a kitchen benchtop.

Benchtop Material

To some extent, the material your benchtop is made from is limited only to your imagination. Popular choices include laminate, Cesarstone, marble, concrete, stainless steel, reclaimed timber and glass to name a few.

Why Timber Kitchen Benchtops Are a Classic Purchase

Timber kitchen benchtops have remained a classic purchase for families for generations. Not only are they beautiful and stylish in appearance, but they’re functional as well. When you’re looking through kitchen benches to buy, makes sure to keep these factors in mind:

The size of the bench. Not only should your kitchen bench fit in the space you plan to put it, but it should also fit the height of a table if you plan to use the bench for regular seating. Remember to take into account the depth of the bench as well.

The height of the bench. Benches can range widely in terms of how many centimetres high they are. You may want to measure the most comfortable chairs in your home to determine their height before finalising any bench purchases.

The colour of the bench. You’ll notice most wooden benches have been stained in a very natural finish. However, there are other benches that have been painted or otherwise coloured to produce a specific hue. Keep this in mind as you browse benches for sale.

The material of the bench. While the majority of kitchen benches you see are likely made of wood, there are some benches that are produced from other materials. These alternative materials include steel and metal, which provide a totally unique and modern look.

Benchtop Colour

The colour of your benchtop will largely depend on the material you select. Having said that, there is still a wide colour pallet available for all benchtop materials. Stainless Steel is the exception to the rule although, you still can select from a brushed, etched or shine.

Benchtop Edge Profile

Once you’ve selected your preferred benchtop material, you will then need to consider the benchtop edge’s profile. There are dozens of decorative edge profiles that are available on the market and this can dramatically change the look and feel of your benchtop.

The most common benchtop edge profiles are;

  • Square Edge – the most affordable of edge profiles, as the name suggests this is squared with everything meeting at right angles.
  • Pencil Edge – similar look to the square edge, the pencil edge is approximately an 8mm radius on the top and bottom edges of the benchtop.
  • Bullnose Edge – this is like a circle being cut in half. The edges of the benchtop are rounded to produce a more circular shape. This can also be a half bullnose edge where only the top part is rounded.
  • Bevelled Edge – the edges of the benchtop are carved at 45 degree angles, around the entire benchtop.


Your selection of benctop will also been dependent upon whether or not you have a budget to observe. In general, laminates are more cost effective compared to the likes of marble.

Where Could You Use a Bench?

While kitchen benches are standard in the home decorating industry, benches don’t have to be relegated to your eating spaces. If you’re someone who uses furniture creatively, you can start to imagine other possibilities for benches, such as:

To hold extra blankets at the foot of your bed.

As a place to store toiletries and towels in a rustic bathroom.

In a work area to give extra tabletop space.

In a child’s bedroom as a location to store toys.

In a living room to display items like family photographs and heirlooms.

As an entranceway furnishing to improve the look of an underused space.

The choice is yours! When it comes to benches, there’s no wrong way to make them work for your home needs. Find the perfect bench for your space at HouseofHome today!