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Looking for a vintage bench?Benches are always a delightful and much appreciated addition to a garden. When nestled in amongst flowerbeds or against a trellis peppered with honeysuckle, they provide the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors. Less common, however, is the indoor bench – and yet benches make wonderful seating solutions when carefully positioned inside.
At Vinterior, we feature an array of antique, vintage and bespoke benches, each one carefully selected and guaranteed to meet our high quality standards.
Choosing the right kind of vintage garden benchVintage benches come in all shapes and sizes. They not only elevate a room aesthetically but also provide extra space for guests and sometimes even hidden storage solutions. One of the great things about benches it that they are typically slim and so can fit snugly against a wall or into spaces where a plump armchair might not, for example. This makes them versatile items of furniture, ideal for placing in areas of the house where other pieces may not fit.
Incorporating an antique bench into your homeOn that note, a great place for an indoor bench is the hallway. For centuries, chests and trunks have been placed in the porch at the entrance of the home, acting as storage for coats and cloaks with the added benefit of making excellent seats when closed. The hall ‘settle’ was an eighteenth and nineteenth century extension of this, often featuring ornately carved arms and back panels with a flat panelled seat that doubled as a lift-up lid revealing an interior compartment.
These antique pieces are highly desirable, and it’s easy to see why. They offer ample space inside for everything from winter boots to sports kits; they’re hardworking pieces with a commanding aesthetic. Other excellent hallway benches include repurposed pews – with their classic utilitarian craftsmanship and sleek, elegant lines, they form a fantastic place for little ones to sit and put their wellies on. Some even come replete with hooks overhead, turning them into a great hallway all-rounder that incorporates a coat stand, hat rack and supportive seat in one.