We believe home design should be stylish and distinctive. From the simple elegance of a solid oak seat to a cushioned slipcover design, a dining bench offers a dynamic seating element that lets you tailor your space to you. At Lulu and Georgia, our thoughtfully curated collection of dining benches has something perfect for your home, offering an elevating touch for livable design.
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Dining Room Benches Let You Style Seating to Suit
There are nearly endless configurations for styling your dining room furniture. You can go for a classic touch with arm chairs at the head of the table or a more eclectic mix that showcases your style—but perhaps the most dynamic option is a dining table bench.
Sizing a bench for your dining table depends on your space and the layout you have in mind. In general, the length of the bench should be no longer than the length of your table and shorter than the width of the legs if you’re looking to stow it away when not in use. As with dining chairs, you also want to ensure you leave a little over a foot of space between the height of the table and the height of the seat so guests can sit comfortably.
Beyond those few simple rules, how you style a dining table bench is really up to you. You can lean into the added comfort they offer by styling a contoured design with a seatback like the Manila Dining Bench or opt for something pared-down that can fold seamlessly into your decor. For a more tailored approach, some dining collections are made with a matching bench.
Dining room and kitchen benches are popular as low-profile elements for flexible seating, but they can also elevate your design with standout appeal. Check out styles like this Colm Bench, tailor-made for round dining tables. Pieces like this can turn a smaller dining nook into a statement feature in your home—offering practical comfort with a showstopping design moment.
Other Ways to Elevate Your Design With a Dining Bench
Besides the obvious advantages of a dining room or kitchen bench, there are other ways to use this versatile piece throughout your home. From flexible and small-space layouts to evolving designs, a dining bench can be an endlessly adaptive element. Here are some ideas to get you started.
A Welcome Place to Land
Whether in your entryway or another transitional area, a dining bench can create the perfect spot to drop bags, put on and take off shoes, or collect yourself on the way out the door. Keep things minimal or add a few decor pieces like throw pillows to make the bench feel more established in its place. You can also stash baskets or bins underneath or to the side for added storage, keeping the area tidy while adding texture.
The Foot of Your Bed
Storage benches are a popular option at the foot of the bed, but if you like to keep things pared down with a minimalist feel, consider a simple dining bench. Whether upholstered with a soft top or showcasing a natural grain look, the open frame of a streamlined bench can be a grounding touch for airy bedroom edits.
Cozy Space Coffee Table
Dining room benches can also be re-purposed in your living room as a small space coffee table. Their long, low frame makes them the perfect complement to a sofa without taking up depth in the middle of the the room. For a dynamic space, you can even stash them to the side for extra seating leaving room to move around. Go for something unique—with its cane top and mid-century charm, the Topher Dining Bench is the perfect example of how a dining bench can bring chic appeal with versatile functionality.
When you shop online at Lulu and Georgia, you can find a bench for your dining table, living room, or any space that adds to the functionality and style of your home for a livable design. We have a selection curated by size, material, and color so you can find the perfect purchase for your project. Check out our Dining Room Shop by Room page for more ideas on how to create stylish dining spaces.