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How to Use Benches, Ottomans and Stools

Benches, ottomans, and stools are some of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can buy for your home. They can be used in a hallway, at the foot of a bed, or as a footrest, coffee table, or extra seating.

Storage benches and ottomans provide even greater function. A storage bench at the end of a bed can be used to stow away extra blankets and pillows. In the family room, it can be used to hold games or throw blankets. Because it's easy to move them around and change their use as your needs change, benches and ottomans also offer an easy option for guest seating.

Space-Saving and Stylish Benches

Whether you're looking for compact seating in your entryway or a stylish addition to your hall, a bench is the perfect way to complete a space that's a challenge to furnish. Slim design makes a bench an ideal option for tricky spaces, where it can serve as a comfortable stand-alone seating option.

A bench also makes a charming complement to larger furniture pieces. Tuck one at the end of the bed or into a cozy nook for stylish storage and seating, or pull a bench up to the dining table for a casual alternative to traditional dining chairs.

Benches can even serve a double function as an elegant coffee table in front of a sofa. Upholstered styles have a transitional look and offer a safe spot for magazines and decor, while classic wood benches are perfect for placing your drinks and snacks.

Ottomans for Every Space

The perfect blend of functional and stylish, a chic ottoman offers compact seating, a comfortable footrest, and even hidden storage options. Whether it's in front of the sofa, in a master closet, or at the foot of your bed, the simple design makes a smart addition to any room in your home.

When you're looking for simple and classic decor, a classic leather ottoman is a timeless choice. Neutral palettes lend a traditional feel that's perfect for the dining room or entryway while bold, contemporary colors make a unique accent in the living room or bedroom. For a glam feel, try an ottoman in a curved shape or one with a cozy fur cover.

Browse classic square styles, chic round designs, and unique wedge shapes to find an ottoman that fits your space. With a range of fabrics and color palettes, an ottoman makes an effortless complement to your favorite home decor.

Unique Storage Options

Finding elegant storage solutions can be challenging, particularly for compact spaces. Stylish storage benches and ottomans offer plenty of space to stash your belongings while doubling as a comfortable seating option for your guests.

When you're looking to show off your favorite decor items, choose an open-concept storage bench with shelving and drawer space. Open-style entryway benches also offer a convenient place for shoes and outerwear, providing quick access on your way out the door.

In living rooms and bedrooms, a tufted ottoman or bench offers a comfortable and casual furnishing with hidden storage. This option is perfect for linens, clothing, and personal items that can take up space in common areas.

From plush living room seating to functional and elegant storage in the hall, indoor benches and ottomans offer multi-functional comfort that's perfect for any room. Browse a wide selection of shapes, sizes, color palettes, and fabrications including leather, bonded leather and wood to find a chic furniture solution that's just your style at Grandin Road.