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29 of the Best Accent Benches to Jazz Up Your Space in a Flash

It's a seat, storage spot and focal point in one

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Best accent benches: A collage of accent benches
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We're in the throes of spring, aka the perfect time of year to organize your closet, pick up new pieces for your wardrobe and freshen up your home. And while you could try your hand at an accent wall or some removable wallpaper, an easier way to add some visual appeal might be as simple as adding a great accent bench.

This single little piece of furniture can act as a focal point for your room, giving your guests an extra place to sit (this Saatva Constance ottoman, $995, is as luxe as any chair you'll find), creating extra storage space, like this Vasagle bench, $64, which opens up to hide your hats, umbrellas and the like, and even serving as a shoe rack, like this Article Parkham bench, $499. Keep reading to discover the best accent benches around.

The Best Accent Benches at a Glance

What Makes a Great Accent Bench?

There are plenty of options to shop when it comes to accent benches, from the brightly colored (we can't get over this bold zebra option from The Inside, $499) to the super functional (this Pottery Barn pick, $1,199) really does it all with its sturdy seating and working pull-out drawers). Of course, the right one for your home will all depend on your decor and your usage needs, but there are some things to look for when picking out a favorite.

  • Materials: First thing's first: You want to make sure your accent bench is made from durable materials. Wood, steel alloy and other metals are always a safe bet, as they add sturdiness and won't crumble when your family sits down on them. As far as comfort goes, imitation leather, stuffed fabric and, yes, even faux fur can make for practical, chic seating options.
  • Design: Whether you have a country home or a downtown condo, there is an accent bench out there that will suit your space, be it warm and richly stained with plush leather seating, industrial-like, with lots of steel and exposed brick or ultra-cozy, with fuzzy accents and shag-centric rugs. Your bench should complement your home and create a pleasing flow.
  • Organization: Accent benches can also offer some much-needed storage space in the form of handy shelves at the base or flip-top seating housing trunk-like caverns.

Where to Buy Accent Benches

In addition to your local home improvement or antique stores, accent benches can be found at most chain furniture and home goods stores. A few options we love for their wide range of benches include Home Depot, Pottery Barn and Amazon. More niche furniture stores, like Serena & Lily and The Inside, meanwhile, offer more unique and even custom pieces.

How We Chose the Best Accent Benches

Using the criteria above, our own testing and customer reviews galore, we vetted 29 accent benches that will breathe new life into your foyer, bedroom or anywhere else you choose to put them. Read on to check out the full list.

Best Overall

1. Christopher Knight Home Demi Accent Bench

Christopher Knight

  • Why We Love It: easy assembly, stylish wide U shape
  • What We Don't Love: fabric underneath bench rips easily
  • Length: 50 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

'70s decor is back in a big way as evidenced by the retro style of this wide, U-shaped bench, which has plenty of space to sit down and angled arms for added support. Between the scrumptious terracotta demi fabric and the unique design, it will do a whole lot more for your room than simply serve as a spot to put on your shoes. Shoppers also say it's a breeze to build—just delicately remove the legs from the hidden fabric storage underneath the bench, lest you risk ripping it.

  • Why We Love It: made to order, luxe velvet, long enough to sprawl out on
  • What We Don't Love: no storage space, lots of places for dirt to hide
  • Length: 52 inches
  • Weight Suggestion: 300 pounds

Why you've probably associate Saatva with its mattresses, the company actually makes some pretty great furniture, too. Take this luxe tufted ottoman, for instance. Made to order, it's crafted with a super sturdy kiln-dried hardwood you'd be hard-pressed to break—this thing is dense. Having tried it out in her bedroom for the better part of two months, Commerce Director Nicole Briese was also pleasantly surprised by both the quality and the lush, velvety feel of the stain-resistant poly cotton fabric. At 5 feet 2 inches tall, she also found its 52-inch length just right for curling up on her side to read a book or binge-watch her shows. While the deep tufts can attract dirt, particularly if you live with furry creatures, vacuuming them out is worth it for the glamorous effect the bench gives to a room. We also love that it's made from natural flax fibers with no harmful chemicals or dyes.

Best Sherpa Accent Bench

3. Homepop Sherpa Accent Bench

Homepop

  • Why We Love It: hidden storage, gorgeous finish
  • What We Don't Love: fades in sunlight, easy to soil
  • Length: 60 inches

This bench is absolutely gorgeous in person, as we can attest after seeing it up close and personally at this newly renovated VRBO property in the Berkshires, which was furnished with Home Depot wares galore. It also offers more space than meets the eye, as the hinged seat swings open to reveal hidden storage. The hand rests on the sides make it ideal for lounging and the natural finish of the wooden legs is sure to brighten up your room: Just be sure to keep it away from colored drinks, like red wine, and out of the direct sun per the care instructions, lest it fade prematurely.

  • Why We Love It: luxe velvet finish, unique shape
  • What We Don't Love: spot clean only, pricey
  • Length: 52 inches

This long, curved number has soft velvet-covered edges in all the right places, making it perfect for the end of your bed—no more bumping into sharp corners in the middle of the night. A custom piece, it will be made to order just for you, ensuring you won't be contributing to waste, and it comes in five pretty shades that will be easy to match to your decor.

Best for Shoes

5. Vasagle Shoe Accent Bench

Vasagle

  • Why We Love It: sturdy metal mesh shelves, easy-to-follow instructions
  • What We Don't Love: small, not moisture-resistant
  • Length: 28.7 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 198 pounds

Sturdy and stylish, this shoe rack bench will allow you to take a load off as you kick off your sneakers after a long day, then place them (along with roughly seven other pairs of shoes, according to shoppers) in its under-seat storage area. Its waffle-patterned alloy steel is warmed up by its rustic greige seating, and most reviewers say it's an absolute breeze to set up. Avoid getting this guy wet, however, as customers say the top tends to bubble when exposed to moisture.

Best Pattern

6. The Inside Mid-Century Accent Bench

The Inside

  • Why We Love It: iconic pattern, sample swatches
  • What We Don't Love: ultra lightweight, certain fabrics can be dull
  • Length: 54 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

Originally designed in 1945 by Flora Scalamandré for an Italian restaurant, the brand's cheeky zebra pattern is more than a print—it's a cultural statement. Each one is handmade by experienced sewers from 100 percent cotton fabric. While some have found the fabric wasn't as brightly pigmented as they were hoping for, you can order a swatch ahead of time for $1 to make absolutely sure it suits your room before ordering. Not into zebras? No sweat. There are nearly 100 other fabrics to choose from that would also look fabulous in your space.

Best Living Room Accent Bench

7. Article Parkam Dawn Accent Bench

Article

  • Why We Love It: spot to hold your drink, no assembly required
  • What We Don't Love: engineered wood
  • Length: 60.25 inches

Both functional and sleek, this thoughtfully designed accent bench from Article not only has a padded seat for curling up with a good book, it's got space underneath to house your reading collection—and a wooden top section to hold your coffee or tea. Add in a throw blanket, and it's a book lover's cozy paradise.

Best Bedroom Accent Bench

8. Linon Lillian Accent Bench

Linon

  • Why We Love It: real wood legs, easy assembly
  • What We Don't Love: smaller than appears, sags in middle with heavy use
  • Length: 45.08 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

With comfy armrests and real mahogany legs, this bench is sure to add a bit of Parisian flair to your domaine thanks to its eloquent lines of text, many of which are en Français. You can also screw the hardwood bottom pieces on in five minutes or less, according to reviewers. That said, it makes for a better decorative piece than it does a functional one, as it's a bit smaller than you might expect and reviewers say that it can sag in the middle over time.

Best Accent Bench with Storage

9. Vasagle Storage Accent Bench

Vasagle

  • Why We Love It: spacious inner storage, versatile style
  • What We Don't Love: difficult to assemble, hinges not sturdy
  • Length: 29.9 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 330 pounds

Whether you're going for a country farmhouse or city loft kind of vibe, this accent bench is a great find with its warm, engineered wood, which is accented with a matte black faux-leather seat. The storage beneath the flip-top also offers you a roomy area for keeping shoes, jackets and the like out of sight. You may want to purchase a few extra screws for assembly, but for the most part, Amazon buyers say it comes at a great value.

Most Versatile

10. Ball & Cast Upholstered Accent Bench

Ball & Cast

  • Why We Love It: adjustable legs, protective footpads, fun pop of color
  • What We Don't Love: not super sturdy
  • Length: 44 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

The gorgeous forest green velvet and thin gold powder-coated legs of this one are both timeless and elegant, while also adding a fun pop of color to whatever room you choose to add it to. More than looking chic, however, it's practical, too: We particularly love that its feet are adjustable, so you can move it from room to room without fear of it wobbling or sliding around. Though it has a weight capacity of 250 pounds, shoppers advise being gentle with the legs, which can bust off if handled roughly.

Best Wood Accent Bench

11. Pottery Barn Wade Accent Bench

Pottery Barn

  • Why We Love It: solid poplar and kiln-dried hardwood veneers, hand-finished, floor protectors, drawer stoppers
  • What We Don't Love: pricey
  • Length: 68 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 300 pounds

With an antique look and a ton of (working!) drawers to win you over, this Pottery Barn pick is all about the extras. We're talking floor protectors, drawer stoppers ('cause no one likes crushed fingers) and a kiln-dried wood veneer hand-finished in a protective lacquer to help prevent warping, splitting, cracking and mildew. If your entryway isn't big enough for this one (it's a stately 68 inches long), there's a smaller version ($639) available, too.

Best Boho Accent Bench

12. Homepop Upholstered Bench

Homepop

  • Why We Love It: shoe storage shelf, easy to assemble
  • What We Don't Love: only one pattern to choose from
  • Length: 38 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

This has an orange Suzani design of lovely flower-filled circles that are both pleasing to the eye and offer up a cheerful pop to welcome you home every time you walk through the door. As an added bonus, this bench features an attractive wood shoe bench for all of your heels, sneakers and rain boots.

Best Industrial Accent Bench

13. Heah-Yo Modern Accent Bench

Heah-Yo

  • Why We Love It: stabilizing feet pads, soft cushion
  • What We Don't Love: precise assembly necessary
  • Length: 44 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 300 pounds

This leather-strapped number is the perfect loft companion. Made with a soft seat cushion and black metal legs, it nails the industrial aesthetic, but is also built for function. With a weight capacity of 300 pounds, it's plenty sturdy, and there are even non-slip feet pads to protect your floors. One reviewer also left a hot construction tip, writing, "Make sure that the legs are properly place or it may seem as though they don’t fit. Keep trying—they do fit."

Best Upholstered Accent Bench

14. Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Wood Accent Bench

Hearth & Hand

  • Why We Love It: high-quality wood frame, tools provided, easy assembly
  • What We Don't Love: short
  • Length: 41 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 225 pounds

This one doesn't have a whole lot of bells and whistles, but then again, it doesn't need to. Almost deceptively straightforward, the soft pad will lend an understated appeal to your space while the subtle straps at the top of the (real) wood legs add a stylish touch. Buyers say it's plenty high-quality for the price, too—just be sure to measure it, as several thought it looked larger in pictures and misjudged it for their space.

Beat Leather Accent Bench

15. Huimo Leather Accent Bench

Huimo

  • Why We Love It: waterproof seat, real leather, easy to clean
  • What We Don't Love: wobbly
  • Length: 43 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 350 pounds

Made with a real leather top, this pick will be relatively easy to clean in the event of a spill: Just use a leather conditioner every six to 12 months as needed and wipe liquids up with a cloth (it's waterproof). Not to mention, this classy seat is also tear-resistant, so you can safely set your zippered bag or coat down on it without fear of a rip.

Best Faux Leather Accent Bench

16. Christopher Knight Home Keiko Accent Bench

Christopher Knight Home

  • Why We Love It: good value, pressure hinges
  • What We Don't Love: smaller than expected
  • Length: 50 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

This has the contemporary look of a leather rolled arm ottoman bench without the high price point, thanks to its faux leather exterior. You can also hide away anything that you don't want laying around in the storage space under the seat, which is somewhat unexpected for the design. It even has pressure hinges that will stay up on their own and offers a soft close: Just be sure to check the dimensions before you order. (Its smaller size took some customers by surprise upon arrival, with some suggesting buying separate, taller legs for maximum enjoyment.)

Best Outdoor Accent Bench

17. Serena & Lily Avalon Accent Bench

Serena & Lily

  • Why We Love It: high-quality natural rattan frame, water-repellent, mildew-, stain- and fade-resistant, removable cushion cover
  • What We Don't Love: pricey
  • Length: 52 inches

This baby was made for the great outdoors—so long as you take proper care with it. According to the company, its performance fabric, which comes in nearly 20 options, will repel water droplets, resist mildew, resist stains and keep fading to a minimum, while its natural rattan fabric will be durable and lightweight, making it easy to move around your patio or balcony. And when it's time to wash it, the cushion comes right off to be tossed into the machine. The downside is that its natural rattan isn't weatherproof, which means it can be sun-bleached or develop mold or mildew if you don't bring it in at night or cover it up. It's also rather pricey, though right now, you can also get 20 percent off on it when you enter code SPLASH through May 31.

Best Accent Bench with Back

18. Article Netro Accent Bench

Article

  • Why We Love It: one-of-a-kind solid rubberwood, pre-assembled
  • What We Don't Love: pricey
  • Length: 51 inches

A little backrest never hurt anyone. Designed with clean lines (think Coastal Grandmother for furniture) and a slight curvature, this mid-century modern bench is a supportive stunner. The sturdy solid rubber wood legs and frame are all natural, so each one will look a bit different, but we like the character that provides. It also comes fully assembled for those who aren't keen on building their own furniture.

Best Small Accent Bench

19. Home Soft Things Ottoman Accent Bench

Home Soft Things

  • Why We Love It: super soft, good for smaller spaces
  • What We Don't Love: many customers received without screws
  • Length: 13 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 300 pounds

If you're looking for something that's small-but-mighty, this ottoman-bench might be the perfect little colorful touch. With an array of colors available, it will be easy to match with your existing decor, and the assembly of this bad boy is very doable, according to shoppers, so long as you have a set of screws—it doesn't always come with them. Once it's set up, however, customers rave over its sturdiness and quality—particularly for its less than $75 price tag.

Best Large Accent Bench

20. West Elm Leather Maeve Accent Bench

West Elm

  • Why We Love It: fills larger spaces, super durable materials
  • What We Don't Love: long delivery times
  • Length: 60 inches

On the other end of the size spectrum is this leather-and tufted find, which is a whopping 60 inches long to fill up larger spaces. Made with real leather and kiln-dried engineered wood, it's not a bench you're likely to be tossing anytime soon, either—which is good news, since you'll likely be waiting roughly six weeks for its arrival. Not into animal products? You can opt for the animal-friendly vegan leather. If you're torn between any two colors, you can also order a free swatch to make sure it suits your space before biting the bullet.

Best Wicker Accent Bench

21. Sand & Stable Cendejas Accent Bench

Sand & Stable

  • Why We Love It: handwoven by Indonesian artisans, renewable materials, interior storage
  • What We Don't Love: may smell upon arrival
  • Length: 39 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 300 pounds

The tightly twisted, natural wicker fiber of this bench is handwoven in blocks for a handcrafted look that sets it apart from the pack. With flip-top access, the storage area is also lined with felt, so it won't catch or pull at anything inside. The material is highly renewable, too, making it a better choice for Mother Earth. Since the manufacturer notes that the crafting process may cause the product to retain an odor, it may be best to air it out in a ventilated space for 48 hours before placing it in its new permanent home.

Best Faux Fur Bench

22. Christopher Knight Binniker Accent Bench

Christopher Knight

  • Why We Love It: cozy seat, included tools
  • What We Don't Love: spot clean only
  • Length: 34 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

Cozy meets function in the form of this white shag faux fur bench with metal hairpin legs. Sure, this item might not suit every entryway, but if you're aiming for a glam abode, it just might prove irresistible. If you couldn't tell from the photos, it's more of an off-white cream than a stark white, but either way, you'll want to take care with it: It's spot-clean only.

Best Minimalist Accent Bench

23. Plank + Beam Mid-Century Accent Bench

Plank+Beam

  • Why We Love It: solid birch and pine woods, great value, easy to move
  • What We Don't Love: can tip over
  • Length: 41.25 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 400 pounds

Sometimes, less is more. If you're not necessarily looking to make your accent bench the focal point of your space, but rather have it blend in seamlessly, this solid pine and birch wood option should do the trick. More than one shopper gave it glowing reviews for the its high quality, and while it can easily tip over (it's only 16 pounds), it's also easy to reposition as needed.

Best Modern Accent Bench

24. 55 Downing Street Verana Accent Bench

Downing Street

  • Why We Love It: eco-friendly, no assembly required, doubles as art piece
  • What We Don't Love: not a ton of reviews
  • Length: 42.5 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

This is one of those pieces of furniture that subtly doubles as art. Made with bamboo in a rich black finish, this modern piece is more apt to be sustainable by nature than a typical wooden bench and is of a medium length. While it doesn't have a ton of reviews, the ones it does have at Lamps Plus are highly positive.

Best Farmhouse Accent Bench

25. Three Posts Fortville Wood Accent Bench

Three Posts

  • Why We Love It: real oak finish, heavy-duty
  • What We Don't Love: scratches easily
  • Length: 47 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 500 pounds

Holding up to three people and a whopping 500 pounds, this is the sturdiest bench of the bunch. It embraces the classic farmhouse look with its real oak finish, and it's very well made, according to its more than 1,000 5-star reviewers, who note that the leg holes (gasp!) actually line up with the legs for assembly. Some have even purchased it for their dining rooms in lieu of individual chairs, making it dual-purpose.

Best Padded Accent Bench

26. George Oliver Dayiana Accent Bench

George Oliver

  • Why We Love It: super cushy, real wood
  • What We Don't Love: not true to color
  • Length: 52.5 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

When you really want to take a load off, padding is key, and despite its base, which is made of solid plywood and rubber wood, this bench has plenty of it up top, leaving reviewers to brand it as "very comfortable." There's some assembly required, but few complaints arose when it came to difficulty. The biggest drawback seems to be the fabric color, which shoppers say can vary from what the website pictures, so check out review pictures for a more accurate depiction.

Best Velvet Bench

27. Homary Upholstered Ottoman Bench

Homary

  • Why We Love It: limited warranty, soft touch, no assembly required
  • What We Don't Love: long delivery times
  • Length: 47.2 inches

This soft-edged bench is covered in a sumptuous velvet fabric that looks incredibly soft to the touch. It comes fully assembled (because to heck with tools), and with a limited, one-year warranty that indicates its wooden and metal frame is built to last. Best of all, it's currently 53 percent off when you enter coupon code M20 at checkout through June 1. It should be noted that you may be waiting a while for its arrival, however—the estimated delivery time is seven to 12 weeks.

Best Accent Bench with Rack

28. Bamworld Coat Rack Accent Bench

Bamworld

  • Why We Love It: environmentally-friendly construction, three-in-one design
  • What We Don't Love: flimsy shelf
  • Length: 32.87 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 350 pounds

This bench is minimalistic while also offering a few extra bonuses. Boasting a cushioned seat, a shoe shelf and a handy coat rack in one, you can take a load off and tidy your entryway at the same time. Its bamboo construction also not only means it's more sustainable than some of the other options on this list, it's a bit more durable too, with one of the highest weight capacities of them all.

Most Character

29. Uttermost Leggett Accent Bench

Uttermost

  • Why We Love It: included tools, oak-carved base
  • What We Don't Love: limited color selection
  • Length: 56.6 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

Designed by furniture designer Matthew Williams, this tufted half-circle bench offers character, through and through. From the wood-scoured, oak-carved base to the airy cotton-and-linen seat, it's a bench that will make guests take note while simultaneously giving them a comfy spot to rest. Weighing nearly 32 pounds, it's got a bit of heft, so it won't easily slide around your room when bumped, and the tools for assembly come right in the package.

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