Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of ways to stay organized — including the best desk organizers, the best closet organizers, and the best kitchen organizers — here, we’ve rounded up the best storage benches, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated storage bench
Hundreds of reviewers use the word “sturdy” to describe these storage benches. “I am 220 pounds and can sit on it with no problem (I wouldn’t hop up and down. But you can seat yourself normally on it to put on your shoes, etc.),” says one, while another happily reports that it has withstood a 3-year-old “standing on it, jumping on it, laying down on it and overall toddler abuse.” While many use this in their entryway or as an ottoman in their living room, a few have found more unique ways to incorporate this ottoman into their lives, like the person who “purchased two for my dining room to add the look of a built-in seating area.” And the bench can really hold a lot. Says one fan, who has several: “So far we are using them for winter clothing, quilts and blankets, towels and sheets, all of my hobbies including knitting and crocheting yarns, needles, and knitting/crocheting books, my candle-making supplies, my makeup and jewelry, and our office and school supplies, and I am [about to] order more of these for our pet supplies, and even one to store our camping supplies and cans of diet soda.”
Best-rated (less expensive) storage bench
“WHAT IS THIS WITCHCRAFT?!?” one enthusiastic reviewer asks. “We liked our first ottoman so much that I bought a second one as soon as I set it up. We’ve stored 6 large fluffy blankets in one and a gazillion toys in the second. It’s the right height for comfortably settling your feet and I can sit on it without feeling like I’m going to cave it in. (I’m 300 pounds. That’s a big deal.)” In addition to being sturdy, this ottoman has many reviewers calling out its various unique construction points. “I really like that I don’t have to take off the whole top to get in it,” one reviewer notes, adding, “You can sit on one side and someone open the other side without having to get up.” Another says, “I never expected to find an ottoman that was so sturdy and cute for such a good price,” but then explains further, “I especially didn’t expect to find one that’s not only collapsible, but has storage.”
And now for some micro-picks for every storage bench you might be looking for.
Best small-space storage bench
Reviewers like to fit this storage bench in small spaces, like an RV or a dorm room. “Most RVs don’t have a place to put your feet up and relax. Now we do,” one reviewer writes, adding, “This ottoman makes the RV feel like home.” Another calls this “the perfect height for the couch” in their camper “and is just the right size so it doesn’t take up too much room to walk around it.” They add, “It’s also wonderful to store extra blankets (or games or anything else we can’t find storage for in a small camper!)” One college student who uses this in their dorm writes, “It’s also really spacious inside, so if I ever start to accumulate clutter in my room I know exactly where to put it.” They conclude: “It’s big, it’s beautiful, and it’s tough as hell.”
Best storage bench for toys
Parents looking to hide piles of unsightly toys have turned to this ottoman. “I bought this so I had something a little more ‘homey’ in my living room to hide the kids toys in when we have guests,” one writes. Another uses it as “a toddler toy chest in our living room” and says it “looks really elegant and holds a lot of toys.” One grandparent who typically “uses it to store my grandson’s toys” says it “makes for extra seating” when he’s not there. Those who use it for seating say the memory-foam top is comfortable as well as sturdy.
Best open-front storage bench
Many happy reviewers get pleasure from finding things to plug into this open-front storage unit. One thinks that “the cubbies are great for leashes, doggie clean up bags, and shoes,” while another who is using at as a baby changing table has “bins in the cubbies to hold all the baby’s necessities.” Even without added bins, users report sliding shoes into the openings for storage. Getting specific, one reports that “each cubby holds four pair of shoes. Yet another reviewer says “We use ours for linens and towels.” Beyond the entryway, one user ordered four of them for the sitting room. They “line the whole wall.”
Best bedroom storage bench
Dozens of five-star reviewers report using this storage bench in their bedrooms. “This one is perfect,” one reviewer says. “My dogs use it as a step to the bed and I use it to sit on while I put my shoes and socks on.” Another writes, “It wasn’t as long as I pictured, but I put it at the end of my queen bed, centered, and it became a nice little seat.” Dozens note that it works well in kids’ rooms, too. “Not only has this added extra furniture to my kids’ rooms, but there’s no excuse for them to have messy rooms anymore,” one happy parent writes, adding, “This doubles as a toy box or storage. I haven’t tried sitting on it yet but both of my kids have stood and sat on theirs and I see no signs of wear or sinking in whatsoever.” One happy customer concludes, “it is deeeeeep. I can store blankets, document, posters, journals, shoes, deferred dreams, blocked contacts, ANYthing in here, former lovers (jk, jk).”
Best bathroom storage bench
Over 1,000 reviewers give this bench a five-star rating, with dozens noting that it actually makes for the ideal bathroom bench. “Sturdy, attractive, and just what I needed in our bathroom,” one reviewer writes. “We set kids on it for getting ready for a bath and guests can put clothes and toiletries bags on it.” Another reviewer put this bench in their master bathroom, explaining, “There is no linen closet so this holds a spare set of towel, hand towel, and washcloth. It’s nice to be able to sit down while you put on underclothes or slippers before exiting the bathroom.” But its usefulness isn’t limited to the bathroom. “My mud room is neat and tidy and I have a place to sit and put on my boots or shoes,” one reviewer raves.