Seating A comfortable, sturdy place to sit while pulling off shoes or inline skates is important. Benches and stools are more stable than chairs. To avoid entryway bottlenecks, seating should be located off the path that leads to the rest of the house and clear of the door swing area. A built-in bench or window seat, hinged at the top, can help keep clutter under wraps. Rubbermaid makes a patio bench ($100) with underseat storage.