8 Times Benches Proved They're the Most Versatile Piece of Furniture
So much hidden potential!
HIDE IMPORTANT PAPERS
File cabinets aren't cute — it's a simple truth. Which is why we'd swap ours out for a white bench with a pretty floral cushion on top (like this one!) any day. Just add file folders to keep your most valuable papers out of sight.
CORRAL TOYS IN BINS
Provide a place for your little ones to sit when they have friends over (and a place to put toys away afterwards) with this bright green bench-and-bins combo.
STORE PLATTERS BEFORE PARTIES
Large serving trays are necessary when you're feeding a crowd, but they take up major space when not in use — unless you make your bench work harder by stashing those plates before and after gatherings.
STREAMLINE YOUR ENTRYWAY
A tall compartment for boots? Check. Shorter compartments for flats and kids' shoes?
Quadruple check. This built-in bench provides enough space for the entire family's footware.
TUCK AWAY BEDROOM ESSENTIALS
Cozy up on this reading bench with a book and tea on top — then stuff shoes,
out-of-season clothes, or whatever else you need a home for in your bedroom in the bottom.
HIDE YOUR CATS LITTER BOX
Cat owners, this trick is going to change your life. Tuck bins of your feline's litter into a hollow bench with a
hole in the side so they can still crawl through. This will keep the smell to a minimum, and the eyesore
out of sight.
STACK UP BONUS BOOKS
If your harback collection continues to grow (and overflows beyond what your bookshelf can offer), use the bottom of a bench to hold your favorite reads. Then, when you're ready to enjoy one, you can just grab it and sit!
STASH WINTER BOOTS AWAY
There never seems to be a good place to put snow-covered boots — until now. A plastic bin sits on the bottom of this bench with a rock lining, so you can open the top and sit wet items inside without worrying about ruining your floors or favorite rug.