A storage bench can really transform a space – whether it’s a living room, hallway or bedroom. They can be used to keep things safe and tidy, or to keep all your clutter at hand (no judgment here!).
There are many different styles to choose from ranging from ottomans to metal variants. You could spend hours looking at countless designs, but this piece of furniture is designed to save space – something that solves a few problems at once, so it’s important that you get the right storage bench for your needs .
When looking for a storage bench, consider what you need for you and your space. “Storage benches are a multitasking home hero,” says Wil Law, Homes Design Stylist at John Lewis. “They’re used in the hallway to put away shoes, or in the living room for extra seating and a place to keep magazines, these hard work items can be useful in most rooms. You can use one as a kick off spot by the back door or in a utility room, or opt for one in the child’s room as a mini reading nook.
You should also think of your storage bench as a design piece in its own right and not just as a storage solution. “Storage benches and ottomans are a fantastic way to add pops of color to your home, and are less risky to experiment with than your larger upholstered furniture,” explains interior designer Kelly Collins, Head of Creative at Swyft Home. “I see a lot of burnt orange, pink and mustard colors trending and these bold pops of color have a fantastic effect. Sage green is also another, more subdued, but just as warming and effective color option. In terms of material, flat velvet or linen fabrics are timeless and effective, plus they pair well with almost any other material to give your living space a truly cohesive look.”
With that in mind, we’ve found 10 of our favorite storage benches that will maximize space and look great in any home…
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Lucy Cane storage bench in cream
Inspired by vintage French style, this storage bench from Dunwell is absolutely timeless and will make a statement in any room. The bench is handcrafted in an aged color scheme for an authentic feel and features three large drawers with an upholstered seat for ample storage and comfort.
Rouen Padded Ottoman Storage Box
This ottoman storage box from John Lewis & Partners is available in 27 huge colors and features button detailing for a traditional feel. Simply lift off the lid and you will find plenty of storage space inside.
Palmi ottoman bench with storage
For lovers of retro design, the Made.com Palmi Oatmeal Storage Bench is the perfect choice. With curved details and beautifully textured fabric, this beautiful piece of furniture will not go out of style anytime soon. Simply pull open the front of the bench to reveal a large storage space.
This beautiful velvet ottoman is available in mustard yellow, olive green and antique rose from retailer Oliver Bonas. A stylish storage solution with tapered wooden feet, this ottoman will add 1920s flair to any room.
Round Rattan Storage Bench – Small
A bench with storage space does not have to be the classic, soft upholstery type. Rattan has seen a huge resurgence in recent years, and we love this storage bench from Cox & Cox. Perfect for a hallway, conservatory or shoe room, this beautiful rattan bench will feel right at home with shoes or a picnic blanket.
Pine wood storage bench
This storage bench from La Redoute is perfect for storing everything that needs to be stored, but especially shoes. Offers plenty of storage space for your wellies, heels and trainers and even a place to sit down and get dressed.
Habitat Pandora Velvet Stool – Pink, £86
Squirrels will tuck away blankets, books, board games or anything you need in this gorgeous bubblegum pink ottoman. With its vented lid detailing, this storage bench offers plenty of storage space and looks beautiful nested under a window or at the foot of a bed.
Florence velvet stool
This glamorous looking storage bench from Wayfair resembles a vintage chaise longue with its rounded cushions at each end and Chesterfield design details. Available in beige linen or gray velvet, any living room or bedroom will look luxurious with this storage bench.
Aréglo storage furniture made of metal and wood
The perfect combination of wood and metal to add a modern feel to something you’ll likely have in your home forever. The wire mesh structure is complemented by the natural mango wood finish and features 3 large open compartments for you to fill with your treasures.
Edlyn Storage Ottoman – Sanderson Printed Velvet, £1,298
If you’re looking for a real statement option when it comes to a storage bench then look no further than this gorgeous, luxurious ottoman from Anthropologie. Crafted in the UK, made to order and printed in luxurious Sanderson fabric, this storage unit is a piece of furniture that could easily become a family heirloom.
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