Storage benches are known to be helpful in entryways and mudrooms. But they can also be useful in bedrooms, laundry rooms and hallways. By providing both seating and storage, they simultaneously solve two dilemmas: where to sit and where to store stuff.
Many storage benches have flip-up seats, which means you can’t access the storage section while seated. That’s why I recommend storage benches that offer access from the front, so you can sit down while putting away items and accessing other items at the same time–for example, removing your outdoor shoes and putting on house slippers.
Depending on what you want to store–shoes? backpacks? purses? hoodies? pet paraphernalia?–you’ll need different storage options: cubbies, drawers, baskets, shelves, coat hooks or a combination of these features.
Here are some of my favorite storage benches that combine several types of storage:
- Drawers plus cubbies. The Mudroom Storage Bench features three small drawers (ideal for storing mittens, leashes and other small necessities), 10 shoe cubbies, and a removable seat cushion that attaches to the bench with loop and hook straps. At only 12.75 inches deep, it can fit in a hallway or other narrow space.
- Open shelf plus coat hooks. The Hallway Bench with Coat Rack has a comfortable padded seat atop an open storage shelf that’s spacious enough to accommodate backpacks, purses, shoes and more. Four double coat hooks provide an easy way to hang up jackets, hats and other outerwear.
- Shelf plus baskets (or a second shelf). The Hall Bench with Storage Baskets offers an open shelf above a compartment that contains three woven baskets (each 11 x 9 x 10 inches) sized for holding all types of accessories. Since the baskets are removable, you can take them out to use elsewhere and utilize the open space for storing larger items.
Read more ideas for entryway and mudroom organizers here.