Storage Bench is ideal for tiny homes with limited outdoor areas. It's a creative way of combining seat and storage at the same time. It's proven to be effective among space-challenged households and is a staple among manufacturers in the furniture industry. It provides space for shoes in an entryway, an additional seat in your living or dining room, or a seat and storage for a tight porch or patio. Fortunately, furniture designers who come up with innovative ideas for multi-functional furniture are abundant.

Designing with Storage Benches

At the Entryway. A Storage Bench is perfect as an extra space to store shoes or other essentials as the guests enter your home. It is also a spot to sit on while putting on boots, coat, and gloves on a cold day. Ideally, this would be a bench with an open shelf underneath for storage, add cushions for added comfort and style. At the Outdoor Seating Sectional. With limited garden space, Storage Benches can offer additional space to store for remotes, blankets, and magazines. It can either be a bench complete with a backrest and armrest with a liftable seat or drawers underneath or an open bench, which allows you to display a few valuables or some magazines and books for guests.

At the Outdoor Kitchen. Hide kitchen clutter while providing additional seating is a smart way to address space and utilization challenges. Use baskets or pretty boxes underneath to store cookbooks, small pots, and pans and dishes which are overspill from kitchen cabinets. At the Outdoor Powder Room. A simple wooden one with a lower shelf underneath can double as space for freshly washed towels, robes, and toiletries. Choose a bench that's meant for outdoors so it can withstand moisture in your bathroom. At the Patio. Storage benches are the answer to the lack of seats during parties and storage for outdoor toys, linens, outdoor cushions, and other seasonal items. 

Remember to measure your outdoor space, so you know the size of the Storage Bench you're going to get. Choose durable materials, all-weather, and rot-resistant. For natural wood, Teak and Cedar and Pine are usually top materials for the outdoors, along with synthetic lumber or HDPE poly sourced from recycled plastic. Accessorize with soft pillows, cushions or runners, accompany it with a mirror when placed in a hallway or foyer to make it stand out. Layer it with another benchfor added dimension and height. Include some greens and blooms to complete that cozy vibe and some accent pieces that are cohesive to your indoor styling theme.