Published at Sunday, February 18th 2018. by Krystal Gross in Bench Design.
Unless you were in the starting lineup in Little League, chances are good that you became well acquainted with our old friend, the bench. Nothing more than a wooden plank, they served admirably but were hardly comfortable. My how times have changed. As adults, we can enjoy a starting lineup of indoor benches that are not only comfortable, but fashionable.
Considering a garden as an outdoor room is nothing new to garden designers. The concept is just now making its way into the public consciousness. But just what are outdoor living rooms? Are they places where you try to recreate your indoor living room outdoors? No, not exactly. Are they places like your deck, patio or terrace where you just plop down a set of furniture and hope that youll feel like spending time out there? No, that wont do either. An outdoor living room is a space outside of your house, built with materials suitable to the outdoors, where you will actually want to spend time! Its also a state of mind, the idea of living life outdoors.
This multi-tasking bench has also evolved into a media bench, where you place your flat-screen TV. The media bench is designed with storage cubbies below to place all the essential electronics and store the DVDs you want to keep handy. A bedroom has always been a welcome place for a bench. Sit down there to slip your shoes on and off; theres no need to mess up a freshly-made bed. Place your suitcase on the indoor bench to pack and unpack without straining your back. If its a bench with storage, keep your spare sheets and blankets inside.
Another accessory you also might want to consider is a footstool. However, remember that adding a footstool will take up quite a bit of space, so only consider doing it if you have plenty of extra space. Measuring is even more important when you are considering getting a footstool because of the extra space that is involved. Just remember not to purchase so much furniture that your home looks cluttered. If there is any doubt in your mind about whether the bench will add unnecessary clutter, then think about other ways to decorate.
Another tip - keep the space in mind when selecting the type of bench. Backless benches dont create visual barriers, so they work well anywhere. You can put it against a wall or at the end of the bed and it will remain visually open. If you want to add comfort, then indoor benches that have a back on them are your best option. Just remember that they may not be as flexible when redecorating.
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