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Benches are the unsung heroes of home decor. Their versatility allows them to be used in an entryway, at the foot of the bed, under a window, at the dining table or in the living room as a coffee table. Here are 10 benches in a variety of styles that you’ll be eager to take a seat on.

1. Principle bench from CB2, $499

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This schoolhouse staple is a great addition to any space. The mixed media bench is crafted of acacia wood and stained a light matte brown. It features a steel frame and exposed hardware.

2. Chloe upholstered bench from Joss & Main, $179.95

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Sleek, stylish and sophisticated — that’s the impression this piece gives off. With trendy quatrefoil upholstery and a geometric frame in a gold plated finish, it’s sure to make a statement in your master suite or living room.

3. Draper storage entryway bench from Wayfair, $379.99

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We make far too many references to Mad Men when writing about mid-century modern, but here’s another one! This practical bench would be the perfect spot for Sally, Bobby and Gene to lace up their saddle shoes.

4. Metal wood storage bench from Overstock, $234.99 storage bench overstock


Need seating and storage? This modern industrial bench features three colorful baskets for storing all the crap that accumulates around the front door. They can be easily removed and put back into place, which makes cleaning up a cinch.5. Homestyle bench from The Land of Nod, $299

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A new twist on the classic Windsor design, this wooden bench from children’s furniture retailer The Land of Nod boasts two roomy drawers that are lined with a sunny pop of color.

6. Upholstered hairpin bench from World Market, $149.99

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Seek out positive vibes with this colorful boho bench, featuring hairpin legs and a cushioned seat covered in a southwestern print.

7. Safavieh Ramsey bench from Overstock, $314.99

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If it’s shabby chic you seek, then this upholstered bench is for you. With tufted, sea mist-colored cotton velour and a distressed oak frame, this piece will lend a vintage feel to an entryway, living room or bedroom.

8. Printed upholstered bench from Urban Outfitters, $369

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Choosing a bench with a subtle pattern adds visual interest without distracting from the rest of your decor. This mid-century design has a cushy top and is finished with solid wood legs.

9. Linen entryway bench from Wayfair, $299.99 

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This angular bench is available in grey and chartreuse. It features splayed walnut-finished legs and a tufted linen seat — perfect for establishing the entryway of your home or adding character to your bedroom.

10. Sydney bench from Joss & Main, $171.95

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A timeless spindled design looks fresh and new with a coat of mint paint. This ultra affordable bench blends seamlessly into country or urban decor.

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