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A bench at the end of your bed is like a great pair of shoes—the finishing touch to an amazing outfit. 

“It’s a quintessential bedroom element, assuming you have the space,” says Heather Goerzen, Havenly Creative & Design. “Particularly in larger bedrooms, not having a bench at the end of the bed can make the room feel empty and lacking.”

Heather shared these insights on the best way to approach the bedroom bench:

 

What is a Bench at the End of the Bed Good For?

A better question might be, “What isn’t a bench good for?”

As a decor element, it adds to the overall form and style of your space, helping your bedroom feel finished and purposeful, Heather says. To style it, just add a couple of pillows and a cozy throw for chilly nights. 

But a bench is also a functional piece. Some benches provide extra storage space—a great boon to small bedrooms—and all provide a place to sit when you’re getting ready in the morning.

“You can also toss a bag on it or casually arrange a few books for nighttime reading,” Heather adds.

What's the Right Bench Size?

To get the right scale between bench and bed, look for a bench that’s at least three-quarters the width of the bed. 

If you have a king bed, which has a width of 80 inches, aim for a bench that’s between 60 and 70 inches long. Sleep in a queen bed, with a width of 60 inches? Crown it with a bench between 45 and 50 inches in length. 

You can always purchase a bench that’s the same width as your bed for a super-seamless look. Just make sure the bench isn’t longer than the bed is wide.  

What About Bench Style?

“When bringing in a bench for your bed, you want to ensure that it balances with the overall aesthetic and palette of the space,” Heather says. 

If your bedroom is modern and moody, for example, look for a bench in polished leather or luxe velvet to continue that dramatic vibe. Or go the opposite way. “I’m partial to creating contrast in texture and tone between your bed and the bench itself to create some juxtaposition and a more layered appeal,” says Heather.

Think of a crisp white linen duvet with a seagrass bench: “You don’t want the bench to feel like a ‘matching set’” with the bed.”

In terms of material, benches come in countless options: natural woods, woven seats, leather or fabric, whether solid or patterned. 

Now take a load off and consider a few of our designers’ favorite benches:

Designer-Approved Benches

CB2 Orleans Upholstered Bench

“I love the funky shape and on-trend boucle fabric of this bench. It’s perfect for a cozy fall moment sipping coffee in the morning, and the small back makes it extra comfortable.” —Shelby Girard

West Elm Auburn Bench

“As an apartment dweller, I love the price point and slim frame of this bench since it’ll fit in nearly any bedroom, no matter how big or small. Even the most simple bench can add a ton of warmth and coziness to a bedroom.” —Lauren Cox  

Rejuvenation Perkins Spindle Bench

“This bench is perfect for Scandinavian, Minimalist or Modern spaces. With cooler temperatures around the corner, it’s a perfect fit for storing (but still showing off) your collection of throw blankets and slippers below, while tossing your throw pillows on top when you crawl into bed each night.” —Melissa Wagner 

Pottery Barn Malibu Woven Bench

“This bench brings an artisan appeal to the end-of-your-bed scene, with a beautiful wood structure and woven seagrass seat. It has a timeless organic quality that simultaneously embodies the current Wabi Sabi trend.” —Heather Goerzen

Anthropologie Boro Stripe Seneca Bench

“I love that this bench blends coastal vibes with a folklore feel for a piece that feels both effortless and full of character. With a tranquil blue and white palette and classic stripe pattern, it’s easy to mix with solids and patterns alike (I’m envisioning it with a muted floral quilt).” —Heather Goerzen

Four Hands Darrow Bench 

“I love the mix of materials and unusual shape of the base. This is a great option to bring some added texture and something special to really stand out in the bedroom design. It is an effortless design and will definitely stand the test of time.” —Kelsey Fischer 

Pottery Barn Bohdi Bench

“I am a sucker for contrast and love how the soft ivory upholstery softens the bronzed aluminum frame. I love the simple elegance of this piece and feel it could work anywhere from a rustic entryway to a modern bedroom!” —Brady Burke

Four Hands Oxford Bench

“This bench brings in a subtle contemporary touch, and I love the addition of darker leather. The ebony leather paired with the antique brass base marries masculine and feminine sensibilities in an effortless way that I really appreciate. This piece feels contemporary while the addition of the button tufting adds a timeless touch, making it relevant for a wide range of styles.” —Brady Burke

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Words by Staci Sturrock