trunk-style, paneled, homemade storage entryway bench
Photo: Andrew McCaul

Entryway Benches

How to bring order to the drop zone just inside the door? Of course you need hooks for hang-ups (jackets, slickers, hoodies, and the like), but just as key is a landing spot: a place to put down backpacks, sit and shed footwear, and, ideally, stash caps, sports gear, dog-walking necessities, and more. A seat with storage can provide that, whether it has a big stowaway space beneath a hinged bench lid, or open shelves or cubbies that can hold bins and baskets to contain and conceal all manner of clutter-creating bits and pieces.

Chosen wisely, a storage bench is also a stylish addition to your entry. The seven versions on this page and the following one all boast clean-lined, compact profiles and handsome painted- or stained-wood finishes. So take a look at this industrious seating, where you can take a load off—and stow it away.
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