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The Best Storage Benches on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best wicker storage baskets, storage bins for every room, and organizers for your kitchen and closet, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed storage benches on Amazon for containing clutter and stylish seating. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best fabric storage benches

Seville Classics Foldable Storage Bench Ottoman

“This is an amazing, stylish storage solution! For the price you seriously can’t beat it. It folds flat for when you’re not using it or have to pack it up to move, but when it’s unfolded and put together it’s super sturdy. I sat on it and wiggled some and it definitely didn’t feel like it was going to fall. It looks great in our living room and fits all my son’s toys and the shoes we keep by the door. Finally, storage you don’t feel like you have to hide or have tacky open bins or plastic in your living room!”

Linon Carmen Shoe Storage Ottoman

“This ottoman is surprisingly roomy. I got it as extra storage to place at the foot of the bed in the guest room. I took out the shoe inserts and loaded it with all the extra linens and towels I have — it fit absolutely everything, and I have a lot! The bottom is solid so you can put heavy stuff in there without being afraid that the material will tear. The lid has some space inside so if you have something sticking out it’ll close fine and it gives you those extra couple of inches of storage.”

Ellington Home Foldable Tufted Linen Large Storage Ottoman Bench

“This is a really great, affordable ottoman. It looks more expensive than it is. It’s collapsible, but well constructed. It feels sturdy when you sit on it or prop your feet up, and it has an impressive amount of storage. We use it to hide away larger, bulkier toys to reduce clutter around the apartment. This ottoman exceeded my expectations and is holding up very well. It’s easy to spot clean and if you have pets it doesn’t attract hair at all.”

Madison Park Shandra Tufted Top Storage Bench Grey

“We absolutely love this thing. Replaced our coffee table after our baby had one too many run-ins with edges and corners. It is the perfect size for a living room, very spacious inside, and the lid stays open until you close it. I specifically wanted a microfiber ottoman because we have a cat, and she seems to prefer firmer fabrics to scratch (like our tweed couch) and it worked — she isn’t very interested in the ottoman at all. I am so pleased with this purchase!”

Best faux leather storage benches

Songmics 43” Faux Leather Folding Storage Ottoman Bench

“I bought two of these two years ago and they’re still in excellent condition. In fact they still look brand new, like the day I got them. I use one as a coffee table and I’m using one in my bedroom for storage at the foot of my bed. They look great and have plenty of room inside for storage. I sit on it when I’m playing guitar and it’s very strong and sturdy. I’m moving to a bigger place and am thinking of buying another one and I’m so glad they are still on Amazon! I’m definitely getting another one!”

Sorbus Storage Bench Chest

“Good looking, sturdy product. Very happy with the size and quality. Fits three decorative pillows, two king-size pillows, and extra sheets and blankets comfortably. Fits nicely at the foot of my full-size bed with room to spare on either side. Also nice to use as a bench. Easily folds up to fit under the bed but I like how it looks as a furniture piece as well.”

Kings Brand Furniture White Vinyl Tufted Design Upholstered Storage Bench

“Best little storage bench out there. Beautiful design, looks better in person than the picture shows (the top meets the bottom really well). The crystals are also sunken into the foam so you don’t feel them when you sit on it. I’ve received so many compliments about it, it really classes up any room you put it in.”

Best tufted nailhead storage benches

Belleze 48” Rectangular Gray Storage Fabric Ottoman

“Love this! It is perfect for storing pillows, blankets, toys, etc. I debated on getting it for months and I wish I would have bought it sooner. This is well worth the money. The top part of the bench is a memory foam and it is super comfy to sit on. I am not the only one that loves it either. My dogs use it as a stepping stool to the bed. This is a must-have!”

Simpli Home Hamilton Rectangular Storage Ottoman Bench

“This is a gorgeous piece, above and beyond my expectations considering the price. The construction is excellent, very sturdy, and the workmanship is well executed. There’s a comfy seat and roomy storage. The spring-loaded hinges make it feel very high end, as do the nail trim around the base of the bench. Great value for the price!”

Best wood storage bench

Linon Home Decor Cynthia Storage Bench

“This bench in the entryway is used for storage and actually ends up getting sat on on a semi-regular basis. Has proven sturdier than I expected as I never planned on anyone ever actually sitting on it. The lid gets opened at least twice a day and I am very satisfied with the durability of it. The lid ‘sticks’ open so I don’t have to worry about the kids fingers getting smashed. The look is very nice. Overall I love it.”

Best storage bench with a two-way lid

Otto & Ben 30” Storage Ottoman

“I love this ottoman. I really like that I don’t have to take off the whole top to get in it. You can sit on one side and open the other side without having to get up. It holds a lot and my son can store all of his video games and accessories in it with room to spare. The color goes well with our décor in the basement. It looks like it was all bought together.”

Best storage benches with cube compartments

ClosetMaid Cubeicals 3-Cube Storage Bench

“This bench is easy to assemble and looks great. The cushion stays in place and does not slide around. It’s firm, which makes it easy to sit and put on your shoes. We’ve only had it a short time but it sees daily use.”

Ameriwood Home Penelope Entryway Storage Bench with Cushion

“This is a sturdy, nicely sized bench. Having something in my mud room that allows me to sit comfortably to put on or take off shoes has really made it more pleasant to get out in the mornings! The color and style are also very ‘modern,’ so it has really classed up my mud room and allowed me to remove a wire shoe rack that I’d had in there for years!”

Best shoe storage bench

Prepac White Shoe Storage Cubbie Bench

“I am so happy with this purchase! The kids would come home and throw their shoes in the corner or wherever, and wherever they took them off they would stay. It was very difficult to find the matching shoes. I have four kids so we have lots of shoes. I highly recommend it to anybody that’s looking for something that looks nice and can organize a lot of shoes. I also have the kids put their backpacks on top of it so everything is together and easy to find.”

Best storage bench for kids

Badger Basket Kid’s Storage Bench with Cushion and Three Bins

“My little girl’s room had a large plastic toy box that looked too juvenile. Although it was well made I wanted something that looked like a window seat and had storage. This item will grow with her and I can change the baskets or cover the cushion if needed. This item serves all the needs I was looking for, looks pretty, and the price was fair.”

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The Best Storage Benches on Amazon, According to Reviewers