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The Best Bedroom Benches, According to Interior Designers

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If your bedroom has the space for it, a bedroom bench (also known as an end-of-bed bench) is one of those pieces that can tie a space together while also being quite functional — though not as a place to pile up clothes or laundry that you should otherwise be putting away. Bedroom benches are better used as “a place to set your decorative pillows at night when you need to sleep,” according to Joshua Jones, a designer at the online interior-design service Decorist, or “as a halfway point or ‘step’ for some pets that may have difficulty jumping into bed on their own.” Depending on the size of your pet (and how pristine you want to keep the bench), they can even be used as spots for furry friends to sleep at the foot of a bed, or, of course, for human seating, too.

In choosing an end-of-bed bench for your space, you’ll want to consider how a bench’s material will suit your needs: Upholstered benches, for instance, will usually be softer for pets or people to sit on, while wooden benches will often look a little sleeker or, if they have woven seats, more bohemian. If you don’t want your bedroom to look too matchy-matchy, Decorist’s Casey Hardin suggests “contrasting the bench with the material of your bed to ensure that it adds visual interest — for example, if you have an upholstered bed, try a wood bench; alternately, a wood bed would pair well with a fabric bench.” The size of a bench in proportion to your bed matters, too. Says Jones: “I would recommend a bench around 45 inches long for a queen bed and between 60–65 inches for a king-size bed.”

To help you find the right end-of-bed bench for your bedroom, we asked Jones, Hardin, and 12 other interior-design experts about their favorites. Read on for their picks, which we’ve organized by size (the best for queen beds and king beds) as well as material to help you shop around. We’ve also noted the benches’ weight limits, when applicable.

Best bedroom benches for queen-size beds

For queen- and full-size beds, which are typically no longer than 60 inches wide, our experts suggest going for a bench that’s between 45–50 inches. All the benches below are within that ballpark (we’ve noted which are slightly smaller or larger).

Best wooden bedroom benches

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“For a smaller bedroom where you want that polished touch of a bench at the end of the bed but can’t do anything too bulky,” Katherine Tlapa, a creative stylist at online interior-design service Modsy, recommends this woven bench from Urban Outfitters. Made with mango wood, the bench has a seat that’s woven from jute, making it minimal and light, according to Tlapa, who adds it has a slightly smaller footprint (it’s 42 inches wide). This bench also comes recommended by Decorist designer Christina Manzo, who says its design will “complement a variety of spaces,” noting that its smaller size means you can “easily use it as an entryway bench,” too, should you ever tire of it in a bedroom.

Manzo and Jessie Yoon, a Decorist designer and the founder of interior-design firm Casa Nolita, both told us that this end-of-bed bench from Safavieh would make a good option for those who like the look of a wooden bench but seek a bit more comfort when it comes to seating. While predominantly made of wood, the bench — which can support up to 300 pounds, according to the retailer — has an upholstered velvet seat that both experts say give it a bit more comfort and an antique-y appearance. Yoon calls it Parisian, while Manzo describes its look as modern vintage, noting the bench “feels found and collected.”

Another wooden bench that incorporates other materials, this one with a leather seat and metal leg,s also comes recommended by two experts: Yoon and Devin Shaffer, the lead sales designer at online interior-design service Decorilla. Yoon says its “interesting details like the slim, black-finished legs and cushion top” definitely make this sleeker-looking than the above bench, noting that the cushioned-leather seat makes it a bit more comfortable for sitting (though it’s probably not the best material for pets). Shaffer says the bench feels like something out of “an industrial loft,” adding its low profile makes it an ideal spot to stack your decorative pillows come bedtime. At 39-inches wide, it’s among the smallest on this list, but it’s still suitable to plop at the foot of a queen bed, according to the folks who recommended it. It can support up to 330 pounds, according to the retailer.

We’ve written a lot about Alvar Aalto’s furniture, particularly the designer’s minimalist stools (and their dupes), which are beloved by small-space experts. This wooden Aalto bench, which comes recommended by interior stylist and photographer Tommy Lei, has the same sort of pared-down aesthetic of the stools — which is one reason why Lei simply calls the piece “timeless.” At 44-inches wide, it would also be a good choice for smaller bedrooms, according to Lei, who adds that the bench’s birch wood is “naturally very calming” to look at.

Here’s another wooden bench inspired by an iconic chair, namely, Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret’s lounge chair. It comes recommended by Modsy creative stylist Karina Lameraner, who says that the piece’s natural materials make it especially striking. Indeed, with its chunkier acacia wood frame and woven rattan seat, this may be even more interesting to look at than the Aalto bench. It’s definitely an investment piece, though — and likely a bench you’d use to temporarily stow pillows or other lighter things; while the rattan seat is supportive, it’s not exactly designed for heavy use (or for pets).

No, this bench is not covered in cobwebs — its seat is actually formed by woven white leather, making it another atypical-looking option. Manzo told us about it, saying that even though its woven leather seat stands out, the bench’s otherwise minimal design allows it to blend into a room. While a seat made of woven cowhide leather weave might sound delicate, the bench has a weight capacity of 500 pounds, according to the retailer.

Best upholstered bedroom benches

West Elm Auburn Bench
$169
$169

Upholstered benches will typically have comfier, fabric-covered seats (and sometimes bodies, as is the case with this one), so they may be a better option if you have a pet that will use the bench or if you plan to sit on one regularly. Havenly designer Lauren Cox recommends this upholstered end-of-bed bench from West Elm: “I love the price point and slim frame” — it’s 42 inches wide — “that allows it to fit in nearly any bedroom.” Upholstered in twill, the bench has a sturdy hardwood frame and a “high resiliency” foam cushion, according to the retailer; Cox says it will add “a ton of coziness to a bedroom.” In addition to the light gray shown, it’s also available in indigo.

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Right Meets Left Interior Design founder Courtney McLeod and Modsy’s Alessandra Wood both told us about this chubby-looking (in a good way) bench that’s covered in a faux suede. Wood notes that an upholstered bench like this is especially great for pets who need a little help hopping onto your bed (if you allow it) and won’t “slide around once they make the jump.” Another detail that makes this bench pet-friendly is that it stands shorter than 18 inches — the maximum height she says to go for if you’re looking for a bench furry friends can use, too. “It’s a great piece for pets, as it’s soft, not too high, and won’t wobble with a jump,” she adds.

This end-of-bed bench has a French-country look that makes it seem like something pulled straight from the set of a Nancy Meyers movie (or, in other words, it looks more expensive than it is). Manzo is a fan, telling us it is a versatile choice because, while its fabric looks like pricey linen, it’s actually made made of polyester that feels like linen but is way more durable. For that reason, it would be a great option for pet owners or folks looking for an end-of-bed bench they can really wear in.

For something super-retro, McLeod says “this bench, with its bold, yellow velvet upholstery and polished metal frame, has loads of glam style.” Its rounded corners make it even more “fun and unexpected,” though, at 52 inches, it’s a bit longer and would probably work best at the foot of a queen bed as opposed to a full one. According to the retailer, the bench can support up to 250 pounds.

This even-less-expensive upholstered bench with a gleaming chrome base comes recommended by interior designer Kendall Wilkinson. The faux leather cushion (which also comes in black) sits atop crossed sled legs that she says make it look “cool and modern.” The bench can support up to 220 pounds, according to the retailer.