Versatile, economical, and trendy, benches can truly transform your dining experience. They allow more guests to come together during receptions. When not in use, they are easy to put away and take up little space. Here are some tips to choose a bench with the right size and style for your decor.
Placement of a dining bench
For a contemporary, balanced, and inviting look, place chairs at either end and on one side of the table, and a bench on the other side.
Why choose a bench without a backrest or armrests?
The sleek design of benches without backrests or armrests provides more advantages than just aesthetics. They require less material to manufacture, resulting in a product that is more economical and lighter to transport. The space gained at either end can accommodate a larger number of guests. Finally, if its width is appropriate, such a bench can be stowed completely under the table to clear the room.
What side of the table should the bench go on?
If your table is in the middle of a large dining room, it doesn’t matter which side you put your bench on. If it’s close to a wall or a corner, place the chairs on the wall side and the bench on the inside. The minimalist design of a bench will free up the space where you move around. You also create a harmonious visual transition between the different heights: bench, table, chairs backrests, and wall.
Ideal dimensions of a dining bench
To stow your bench, make sure there is enough space between the legs of your dining table. Allow a clearance of approximately 2” at each end of the bench for ease of handling.
Width of a dining bench
A dining bench should be the same width as your table, or slightly narrower if you want to stow it under the table. Also consider the location of the table legs so that they do not disturb your guests when seated. If your table rests on a central plinth instead, then there would be no problem.
Consider approximately 24″ per adult (or 20″ per child) to determine how many people can fit on the bench. Thus, the Jura model, which is 54″ wide, is suitable for two guests. The 71″ Nauru bench can accommodate three, and the generous 85″ Navros can accommodate four. At large receptions, all you need to do is snuggle up a little to seat one more guest!
Depth of a dining bench
Most dining benches vary in depth from a narrow 12″ to a wide 23″ for stowable models. For maximum versatility, Mobilia signature models sit in the middle of that range, from 14″ to 19.
Height of a dining bench
The seat should be approximately 12” lower than the table surface to ensure sufficient legroom. All benches designed by Mobilia, measuring between 17″ and 20″ in height, are thus designed to fit standard tables.
Dining benches styles
A dining bench can be chosen to match the table or chairs, or even bring out other decor elements.
Whether your setting is sleek, modern, urban industrial, or retro, there are many ways to match your bench to the room. Here are some possible approaches.
Match the colours
Choose a surface or leg color that is already there in the room. For example, opt for the Jura model with a wrought iron base and a white powdered finish in a Scandinavian decor to bring out its sleek and luminous character. If your chairs and table are rather dark coloured, you can bring them out with the Jura bench with a black wrought iron base and stained solid Acacia wood top for a rustic yet modern look.
Play with shapes
The Navros model imparts a very modern character, with its elongated seat made of solid American poplar, oak veneer, and its rectilinear steel base. It’s a perfect addition to an industrial decor with light fixtures, furniture, and accessories of similar geometry.
In a home with original wood floors, the Nauru dining bench made entirely of solid Thai suar wood with a natural finish will add a warm touch to the room. In an industrial urban-inspired decor, the Jura model with a black wrought iron base complements many other metallic elements such as shelves, stools, or a vintage light fixture.
Other materials, usually found in the living room, can add a touch of originality to the dining room. A leather bench adds elegance and warmth to the decor. And there is no doubt that a model like the Wesley Rose, with its chrome base that’s covered with real cowhide, is an eye-catcher and surefire conversation piece!
Dining room bench with metal or wood legs?
The decision is up to you, depending on your personal taste, your decor, and the desired effect. A bench with the seat and legs made of the same type of wood offers a more homogeneous and blending look. With time and natural wear and tear, their patina will evolve at the same rate.
Conversely, combining a solid wood seat with steel or wrought iron legs creates an eye-catching contrast of materials. This difference will be accentuated over the years as the wood ages, but the metal remains intact.
Whether it’s for special occasions or everyday use, integrating a bench into your dining room décor will bring a new dimension to your meals. Taking into account your decor, table specifications, and needs, you’ll be able to choose the perfect model for your space.