Monday, December 18, 2017

Furniture Facts: The Bedroom Bench

Is your master bedroom lacking some personality?

Have you staged it to appeal to the masses by removing all those beloved furnishings that made it unique?

Let's bump it up a notch by adding the luxurious touch that a bedroom bench brings to the scene.

The addition of a bench at the foot of the bed can add that bit of flair that's lacking.

And the best part is a piece of furniture that adds so much to a bedroom doesn't have to bust your budget. There is no shortage of DIY versions you can choose from on Pinterest. If you look at what IKEA offers, you'll find a dozen basic benches for less than $100 you can customize with upholstery or trim or paint.

Sample Some Benches

These photos will get you started thinking about what style works for your staged bedroom.

Here's the classic and classy foot-of-the-bed bench -- tufted pastel velvet that begs you to sit down.
The curvaceous legs emphasize the old-fashioned, feminine look. Photo: Giannetti Home  
Leather-covered seating on rectangular metal legs creates a more masculine bench.
The metal repeats itself under the nightstand. Photo: Zoe Feldman Design
A soft and shaggy topping on this simple bench adds more texture to this bedroom.
Homestaging can mix decor styles and still look pulled together. Photo: Terracotta Studio
This eclectic mix of furnishings features a rustic bench at the foot of this tailored
bed. Matched dressers and lamps add some formal balance. Photo: Martha O'Hara Interiors 
Another Martha O'Hara bedroom, this one with a streamlined windowpane check
upholstering the simple bench for a retro look. 
This wide version gets its dressmaker details from piping on the knife edge cushion and
additional piping along the bottom of the bench box. Photo: One Kings Lane
The bedroom bench isn't always at the base of the bed. It can appear in a corner, under a window, or like
this one, centered on a rug to the side of the sleeping area. Photo:One Kings Lane.
Isn't this an inviting scene? The bedroom bench is sometimes a sofa
or loveseat. This side table is the perfect companion. Photo: Ivory Lane
A chest often stands in for the bedroom bench. This antique makes the room less pretentious.
Chests like this give you handy storage space, too. Photo: Ginger Barber
Someone's not afraid of mixing patterns. The clean lines of all its furnishings
keep this bedroom from looking fussy. Photo: Andrew Howard Interior Design
There's a bench for every decor style. See-through furniture like this Lucite bench is ideal
for homestaging. The geometric print cushion gives it some structure. Photo: Kelly Golightly

Here's the kind of bench that makes a dramatic statement. Its sinuous lines and zebra
print cushions make it the room's focal point. Enrika Bonnell Interiors

There's no rule that says a bedroom bench can't be two stools. These beautiful square upholstered
seats will never go out of style. Photo: Timber Trails Development

Poufs and ottomans substitute for benches. They're economical to buy or make, fun, versatile, and trendy. Photo: Brook Wagner Design 

When you stage with bedroom benches, you can leave them bare like these X-stools,
 style them with a throw, stack them with books, or add something like a hat. Photo: Chango & Co.

I hope these photos of bedrooms have sparked ideas for you to use when you stage your home. For more ideas you can use to sell your home fast for a price you like, download my $4.99 homestaging eBook and get the advice and encouragement you need.

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