Storage is absolutely indispensable for hallways. They help remove clutter and prove to be a neat solution to store all the odds and ends besides shoes for the family and guests. Combining a bench with storage proves to be a beautiful and functional solution that enhances aesthetics of your home.
First impressions can be lasting impressions. A visitor to your home will view your hallway and make his judgment based on what he sees here. If your hallway is cluttered with shoes and a dozen other odds and ends then they may well form the wrong impression about you.
The simple solution to ensuring neatness in your hallway is to install a storage solution. It can be a floor standing unit with drawers or doors or it can be wall mounted. Your hallway looks appreciably better when you have everything stored neatly out of sight. But what about seating? Suppose someone wishes to put on shoes or take them off then it might be a bit awkward to do it standing up. You could provide a stool or a bench or an ottoman or a pouffe. The ideal compromise is a hallway storage bench that can also be used as a storage unit and a seating unit. Wider than the pouffe or the footstool, it allows more than one person to be seated and wait or take off shoes prior to entering your home.
Such storage benches do not have to be purely functional. They can blend aesthetics with function. Consider the Edinburgh or Portobello style bench stool that is wide enough, nicely upholstered and finished with cloth or leather that adds to beauty of your hallway. The seat doubles up as cover and one can lift it to put things inside or take them out. When sourced from and footstools company experienced in making bespoke stools and storage benches, a bench must be sturdy as well. Instead of using material that deteriorates with age, what you get when you go for quality products is solid, seasoned wood. The legs are sturdy as is the framework. Consider the fabric. This is one area where one can cut costs but it pays to select durable fabric. You can take your pick from a range of fabric types as well as designs to match your existing décor. Your bench will not look out of place; and with solid construction, it will last for years. Children can jump on it and nothing breaks or deforms.
Why a top opening bench? Benches with this type of construction have a hinged seat. The sides can be covered in fabric and when closed, the bench looks more like a miniature sofa instead of a regular storage unit as would happen with side doors or drawers. Doors and drawers can come loose and look worn out after a couple of years. A top-hinged bench never shows its age. It is timeless. Plus, since the whole top opens, you can put in larger sized objects that would take some doing when you have to tackle doors or drawers.
A little bit of thought in selecting the perfect storage unit for your hallways helps you do away with multiple units and present a clean, neat and aesthetic look. Take pride in your home, take pride in your bench. Choose the right one.