A traditional dining chair and table set has long reigned the family dinner experience. However, the charm of the humble dining bench has been catching our attention lately. A no-nonsense and understated piece, the bench will embody that sense of community and family that we all fondly associate with our daily meals.

With so many options out there, it can feel a little daunting when you’re getting ready to dive in and make that purchase. Here’s a quick guide on everything you need to consider before you take the plunge.

The first and most important step in this process is measuring. This is essential to having a dining bench that works with your space. If you’re planning on buying a bench along with a new table to match then your process is much easier, just make sure of the dimensions of the space you’re buying for.

Already have a table? No problem, start off by measuring the height and length of the table face. Now consider whether you want the bench to be tucked underneath or if you would prefer it to stand freely. For comfortable tucking space, be sure that there will be 10cm between the table leg and the start of the gap on each end, so the legs remain undamaged.

Now that you’ve measured your table, it's time to consider the bench to match! Be sure that you’ll have enough space to actually sit on your dining bench by considering:

  • Height (from the floor to the top of the bench)
  • Length
  • Depth of the bench
  • Depth of the seat
  • Seat Back Height

Being meticulous with your measurements really is the most important factor in finding the perfect dining bench. Go about this carefully and concisely and you’ll be sure to avoid any dramas.

Consider the location
Be thoughtful about where your dining space is going to be. If you’ll be having your meals in the kitchen, you may want to opt for a smaller set. If you have a separate dining room with a little more space, then you can go for big impact. Maybe you’re considering a corner seat? In this case, the measurements become extra crucial, so make sure that you’ll have enough space to fit around the whole table comfortably.

Think about your day-to-day
To find the perfect dining bench, you’ll need to consider your lifestyle and how it shapes your preferences. If you want your dining space to feel more casual and communal, then the backless dining bench would be a great option. Subtle and minimalist, the backless bench is unimposing and relaxed in feel. For more comfort, impact and formality, choose a bench with a backrest. This will give you all the advantages of a bench seat without having to compromise on the comfort of the traditional dining chair.

Find your style
Now that you’ve decided on the type of dining bench you’re looking for, you can start to find your perfect style. The finish and look of your bench will determine on the whole impact of the room in which it lives. If you want that relaxed, bohemian vibe, choose a warm timber. Alternately, if you prefer something in a contemporary style, then go for an understated leather finish. By exploring different styles you’ll be sure to achieve the effect that you’ve been looking for.

Now that you’ve fully considered all of your possible options, it's time to get exploring and to hunt down your dream dining bench! Log on to online stores, jump onto Pinterest or Instagram or get out and visit a homewares store to start your journey today.

Author's Bio: 

Misty Jhones