The hallway is the busiest part of the house and a place where you’ll appreciate some storage space as well as a bench. A solid wood storage bench isn’t just practical but can be an attractive furniture piece in its own right.
But, they are expensive compared to their laminate or MDF counterparts. Bear in mind though how many years of use you’ll get out of it and the initial extra expense might be worth it in the long run? As a compromise some options combine solid wood with veneered panels at the sides and back to keep the cost down.
Hartleys Bench Seat & Seagrass Storage Baskets – a white frame and a thick cream coloured seat cushion complemented with a pair of arrow weave storage baskets. Ideal for a small entrance way. W80 x H46 x D40 cm. £47.95 from hartleysdirect.com [more from this range…]
Argyle Wood Storage Entryway Bench – a 2 seater complete with baskets and cushion in honeyed pine or all white. W74 × D36 × H42 cm. From £100.99 via wayfair.co.uk
Acacia Bench with Wicker Baskets – a similar style bench, from the same maker, in solid acacia hardwood with a trio of wicker baskets. W112 x H46 x D40 cm. £149.99 from amazon.co.uk
Long Wooden Bench – a 4′ wide bench made from reclaimed solid timber and finished with a light wax polish. Features a slatted storage shelf in the base. W122 × D28 × H45 cm. £195 from notonthehighstreet.com
Tetbury White Storage Bench with Cushion – wooden bench with white weave baskets and a seat cushion. Available in 4 colours. W112 x D40 x H46 cm. £199 from amazon.co.uk
Croft Collection Bala Bench – an oak frame bench with a shoe rack and woven seagrass seating area. W120 × D35 × H45 cm. £199 from johnlewis.com
Oakham Expressions Storage Entryway Bench – solid wood bench with a painted frame and solid oak top. Includes 3 wicker baskets. Available in dark grey, linen or putty coloured finishes. W110 × D45 × H50 cm. £467.06 from wayfair.co.uk
Millais Petite Wood Storage Entryway Bench – this oak bench with 3 baskets is the same style but has a clear lacquer finish. W110 × D45 × H50 cm. £429.99 from wayfair.co.uk
Storage Bench With Limed Oak Top And Wicker Baskets – a sturdy bench with a solid oak top and 3 storage sections complete with woven baskets. Available in lime white, pointing or pavillion grey. £580 via notonthehighstreet.com
West Elm Mid-Century Entryway Storage Bench – retro-style storage bench with 2 drawers and crosshatch fabric seat cushion. Finished with an acorn coloured wood stain. W127 × D43 × H47 cm. £370.95 from johnlewis.com
Lindley Hallway Bench – a white-painted, solid pine bench seat with drawers and shoe cabinet. Basket not included. W100 × D43 × H78 cm. £399 from laredoute.co.uk
Malvern Storage Bench – a cream-painted bench with oak-effect top and cushion seat. A pair of storage shelves complemented with a deep drawer at the side. W110 × D45 × H44 cm. £250 from next.co.uk
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