Eating is one of the most communal experiences we share with each other. While dining chairs are great for use in fine dining and other dinner opportunities, an added feeling of togetherness is brought into the meal with the experience of sharing a bench while eating. Place large dining trays on the table, and serve up your favorite dishes with all of your friends and family sharing the same space. Not only are benches a great way to make dining more intimate, but they are also a natural way to corral the kids for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
west elm offers a number of casual, elegant and contemporary dining benches that fit any kitchen or dining room table. For breakfast, a casual wood bench works in the kitchen for enjoying a pot of coffee, eggs and oatmeal. When having guests over for a dinner party, make sure to have a bench with a back for optimal comfort. Benches made with industrial steel and wood double for use outdoors on the patio or by the pool. You can even transport a dining bench into another room for special occasions, such as opening gifts on Christmas.
For the ultimate in relaxation while dining, you place a five-piece banquette around your dining room table, effectively turning it into a cozy and convenient booth like at a restaurant. Our banquettes are covered with thick and durable woven material that doesn’t wear out, but is still soft to sit in. The legs have a walnut finish, while the entire body features a wood construction. You can take apart individual pieces of this set to accommodate different sized parties, and you can also create a custom banquette to fit whatever dimensions you need.
If you want to go for a more rustic aesthetic to enjoy a continental breakfast or an Italian dinner, a bench made of reclaimed pine gives you a little bit of old-school charm. Because it is made of recycled materials, these benches are eco-friendly, lending to your sustainable food and product choices. Other choices for solid wood include the Boerum mango bench, which is made in India in a Free Trade Certified™ facility, meaning that your purchase helps the life and career of an artisan.
Several of our benches are great for use as indoor and outdoor dining furniture, perfect for any style of entertaining. The Quarry bench features a fiberstone construction that resists damage from water. For a more industrial look, a slab bench has an all-iron construction to give you a sturdy base, while the actual seating area is a solid slab of lava stone with a protective coating to prevent any damage. A bench made of industrial oak and steel stands up to whatever type of use you put it up to. If the construction of these benches is not comfortable enough to sit on, you can top them with a bench pillow for a relaxing experience.
Some of our benches made for specific indoor use feature tufted cushions that give you all of the comfort of a sofa or recliner, while still giving you the communal dining experience you want. The tufted dining bench features a 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen blend that lets guests sink into it while they sit for a meal. The wooden legs feature a glossy stained finish to complement the grey tufted cushion or a wooden table. Create a more lounge-like experience with a midcentury dining bench with an upholstered seat. These benches are perfect for seating those who need something to rest their back on, while the style lets you turn your living room into an art-deco dining destination.