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Great Reasons to Add a Built-In Bench to Your Project

When we say, “built-ins“ — do you think cabinets and bookshelves? A lot of people do, but one of our favorite types of built-ins is a built-in bench — here’s why, in the words of a few of Board & Vellum’s interior designers.

August 20, 2019

When you hear the term built-in, a lot of us tend to think of bookcases and cabinetry. But the realm of built-in casework is far and wide, and in this month’s Designer Spotlight, we’d like to shine some focus on one type of built-in we love incorporating: the bench!

Benches are a great built-in feature for a number of reasons. Find out what our design team has to say about them.

Lofted Spaces with Built-In Benches or Bed Nooks Below

Clients frequently come to us with their goal to have more storage in their home, especially in their kids’ space where a place to play is necessary, but still being easy to organize is key. A practical and fun solution can be to create a lofted space which below can incorporate a bench or bed nook along with ample closet or storage space.

Sketch of a built-in bed with a loft above.
Lofted Space with Built-In Bench, Bed, or Storage

With a lofted space, all the sudden, you have more space to work with in a room. Whether the built-ins below the loft are a bed niche, a reading nook, closet space, or all three, it’s a fun way to maximize floor area.

This will allow kids to be flexible and you’ll gain extra floor space for other activities. Keeping their bedroom or rumpus room both inspiring and organized can benefit everyone in the family, making joyful memories along the way.

Built-In Benches in the Kitchen

One of the spaces where a built-in bench can be most useful and multi-functional is in a kitchen. Creating a breakfast nook with a built-in bench surrounded by other cabinetry is an easy way to have an informal family hangout space. It can be an eating nook that is also sometimes a kids homework table – all while hiding storage within the bench for large appliances or serving dishes that you rarely use.

Magnolia Maison – Brick Home Remodel – Board & Vellum
Breakfast / Homework Nook

With two long built-in benches forming the corner of this nook, there is lots of extra storage space.

These days, the kitchen is no longer the back-of-house, it is the space most families gravitate towards and spend a lot of time in. Having a multi-functional piece like a built-in bench makes it all the more inviting.

The Built-In Bench Moonlighting as a Cat Hide Out

A feature that benches offer that isn’t typical (but should be) is that they are a great space for felines. This banquette bench has a fun cat-shaped cut-out for their furry friend to crawl into.

The Urban Sanctuary – Interior Design for a Condo – Board & Vellum
Built-In Bench / Cat Hide Out

If you have a cat, you can imagine how much this secret cat den would get used. And, since the benchtop opens, you can always reach in there for human access, not just feline.

Plus, as someone who’s had a couple of cats myself, these hidden spaces are a great place to keep your pet supplies, from feather wands to even hidden litterbox locations. Until they’ve found cute litter box designs and toy storage for my fur baby, built-in benches are awesome for pet owners.

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