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.
London Oak Hallway Storage Bench – an oak/oak veneer bench with a seat cushion and set of three woven seagrass baskets. W90 x D45 x H47.5 cm. £229 from very.co.uk
Argyle Wood Storage Entryway Bench – this bench comes as a 2 or 3 seater complete with baskets and cushion in honeyed pine or all white. W74 & 109 × D36 × H42 cm. From £109.99 via wayfair.co.uk
Oak Monks Bench – predominantly solid oak with some veneered panels. The two extra deep drawers at the front are a good place for storing shoes and boots. The hand waxed finish is easy to maintain and the lightly distressed look adds to the charm. Dimensions are 100cm high x 110cm wide x 50.8cm deep and it will be delivered fully assembled. Price £649.99 from wayfair.co.uk
Oak Monks Bench – a solid oak bench with a pair of cupboards in the base, each with an internal shelf. Ideal for storing shoes or just organizing random clutter. W98 x H110 x D45.5 cm. £705 from amazon.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. £545 via notonthehighstreet.com
Tetbury White Storage Bench with Cushion – all white bench with white weave baskets and a seat cushion. W112 x D40 x H46 cm. £265 from amazon.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. £260 from amazon.co.uk
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. £78.95 from amazon.co.uk
Woodluv Bamboo Hallway Storage Bench – solid bamboo bench feature 2 cupboards with slatted panel doors. Comes complete with seat cushion. W68 x D37 × H50 cm £49.99 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
Freeport Hallway Unit – this white painted unit has everything you need to keep your hallway organised and clutter free. A cushioned bench seat, lower storage compartment, 2 drawers and a cubby complete with a woven wicker basket. W135 × D51 × H81 cm. £459 from maisonsdumonde.com
ELOISE Wood and cotton storage bench – solid wood bench with a clear matt varnish finish. Features a padded seat, 3 drawers and 3 woven baskets complete with white cotton liners. W103 × D56 × H56 cm. £194.50 from maisonsdumonde.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. £467.06 from wayfair.co.uk
Aubepine Wood Storage Entryway Bench – an ideal solution for small spaces, this pine frame bench has 2 wicker baskets and a thick cushioned seat. W70 × D39 × H48 cm. £199.99 from wayfair.co.uk
Henley Basket Storage Bench – this rustic style bench comes with a capacious woven willow storage basket that will prove invaluable in a hectic hallway where having a strategic place to dump stuff is always an advantage. Made from solid wood the bench measures W100 × H79 cm and is just 35 cm deep. The willow basket measures W92 × H39 × D32 cm. And the seat height is 56 cm. £288 from notonthehighstreet.com
Geko 58cm Cambourne Wooden Storage Bench – an original design and at a reasonable price too. There are 3 sizes to choose from, each similar in style but not exactly the same. In all cases the liners and cushion covers are removable and machine washable. The smallest bench includes 2 sea-grass baskets with liners and a cushion seat. As with each option the frame is solid wood too. £29.99 from amazon.co.uk
Geko 80cm Taiga Wooden Storage Bench – The medium bench is a touch wider and also includes a set of storage drawers in the centre. If your hallway is particularly prone to clutter (and whose isn’t) this may be the bench for you. £119.99
Geko 100cm Aston Wooden Storage Bench – the 100 cm bench includes 2 large and 2 small baskets complete with liners and matching seat cushion. £87.32
Got a shoe storage problem? Have a look at these hallway shoe benches instead.