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Shopping for Benches – The New York Times

If you’re tired of kneeling to lace up your shoes or forcing guests to squat while they’re removing their footwear, it might be time for an entryway bench.

A good bench is more than just a place to sit while you put on shoes and boots, said Amber Lewis, an interior designer based in Calabasas, Calif., and the author of the book “Made for Living” — it can also add some style to your home.

“It should be a really standout piece,” Ms. Lewis said, because it will be front and center every time you step through the door. “I look for things that have an interesting shape, or an interesting leg or back.”

And sometimes she adds color or pattern with textiles, she said, to make a plain bench more inviting. “If you get a wood bench, you can create a really beautiful patterned seat pad or cushion,” she said. “Or simply use pillows.”

Powder-coated steel bench with upholstered top by Steffensen & Würtz for Wendelbo

From $264 at Danish Design Store: 866-261-8828 or danishdesignstore.com

Bench upholstered in bouclé fabric by Caleb Zipperer

$499 at CB2: 800-606-6252 or cb2.com

Wood bench by Ilse Crawford for De La Espada

From $1,930 at the Future Perfect: 212-473-2500 or thefutureperfect.com

Wood bench with cotton-rope seat

$549 at West Elm: 888-922-4119 or westelm.com

Bench with straight or hairpin legs and seat cushion

$395 at Burrow: 877-777-2796 or burrow.com

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