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 tidy away all your clutter (no judgment here!)
There are many different styles, ranging from ottoman styles to metal variations. You could spend hours looking at countless designs, but this piece of furniture is designed to be a space saver – something that solves a few problems in one, and so, it’s important that you get the right storage bench for your needs.
When looking for a storage bench, think about what you need it for you and your space. “”Storage benches are a multitasking hero for the home,” says Wil Law, Home Design Stylist at John Lewis. “Used in the hallway to store shoes or in the living room as extra seating and space to store magazines , these hard working objects can be useful in most rooms. You can use one as a place to take boots off by the back door or in a laundry room, or opt for one in a child’s bedroom as a mini reading nook.”
You should also consider 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 introduce pops of color into your home and are a less risky option to experiment with than your larger upholstered items,” says interior designer Kelly Collins, head of creation at Quick welcome. “I see a lot of burnt oranges, hot pinks and trendy mustard colors and those bright pops of color make a fantastic impact. Sage green is also another more subdued but equally warm and effective color option. In terms of material, flat Velvet or linen fabrics are both timeless and effective, and they pair well with almost any other material to create a truly cohesive look in your living space.”
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 Cream Storage Bench
Inspired by vintage French styling, this storage bench from Dunwell is both perfectly timeless and an eye-catcher in any room. The bench is hand finished in a distressed painted colourway to give an authentic feel, and features three large drawers, with a padded seat, for ample storage and comfort.
Rouen upholstered pouf storage box
Available in a whopping 27 colourways, this storage box ottoman from John Lewis & Partners features button detailing for a traditional feel. Simply lift the lid and find an abundance of storage space inside.
Palmi Ottoman Storage Bench
For those who love retro design, the Palmi Oatmeal Storage Bench from Made.com is the perfect choice. With curved details and beautifully textured fabric, this gorgeous piece won’t go out of style anytime soon. Simply open the front of the bench to reveal ample storage space.
This beautiful velvet pouf is available in mustard yellow, olive green and dusty pink from major retailer Oliver Bonas. A stylish storage solution with tapered wooden legs, this ottoman brings a 1920s feel to any room.
Round Rattan Storage Bench – Small
A storage bench doesn’t have to be the classic, soft type of upholstery. Rattan has had a huge resurgence in recent years, and we love this storage bench from Cox & Cox. Perfect for a hallway, porch, or mudroom, this beautiful rattan bench will feel right at home filled with shoes or picnic blankets.
Pine Storage Bench
This storage bench from La Redoute is perfect for storing everything that needs to be stored, but especially shoes. Providing ample storage space for your boots, heels and trainers, and even a place to sit down and put them on.
Habitat Pandora Velvet Pouf – Pink, €96
Squirt blankets, books, board games, or whatever else you need in this gorgeous candy pink ottoman. With its vented lid, this storage bench has ample space and will look wonderful tucked under a window or at the foot of a bed.
Florence velvet pouf
This glamorous storage bench from Wayfair resembles that of a vintage lounge chair with its rounded cushions at either end and Chesterfield design details. Available in beige linen or gray velvet, any living room or bedroom will look luxurious with this storage bench.
Areglo metal and wood storage unit
The perfect combination of wood and metal, to give a modern touch to something you’ll probably have in your home forever. The wire mesh frame is complemented by the natural mango wood finish and features 3 large open compartments, ready to be filled with your treasures.
Edlyn Storage Ottoman – Sanderson Printed Velvet, £1,298
If you’re looking for a real statement-making storage bench option, you need look no further than this gorgeous luxury ottoman from Anthropologie. Made in the UK, made to order and upholstered in luxurious Sanderson printed fabric, this storage unit is one piece of furniture that could easily become a family heirloom.
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