Bedroom Benches & Ottomans
A bench, ottoman or stool for your bedroom comes in handy – maybe more than many other pieces of furniture in your home! When it’s in your bedroom, it’s an ideal place to toss your robe or a useful perch to tie your shoes. It’s an ideal storage piece, too. At west elm, we love benches, ottomans and stools that are practical, distinctive and coordinate with other mid-century modern designs, including night stands. That’s why we’ll help you choose the ideal size and style for your bedroom.
For the bedroom, the traditional way to place a bench is at the end of the bed, with or without a footboard. Choose a bench that slightly contrasts, but coordinates, with your bedding and headboard. For example, consider a wood or metal bench if your headboard is upholstered or vice versa for an elegant and balanced vignette.
Opt for a leggy bench so it balances out your bed. Make sure you’re able to move it easily so you can arrange it exactly how you prefer. If you do have a footboard, try placing a backless bench at the end of the bed. A bench with a back works well if you don’t have a footboard.
Do you have just a little room at the end of your bed? Opt for a dual-purpose storage bench that’s half bedside table and half ottoman. It’s an ideal solution for the side of your bed.
For larger bedrooms, consider an ottoman that transitions from an extra seat to a footrest or to a spacious breakfast table. Round drum-shaped or squared-off ottomans are lower than stools and benches, and they appear to float above the floor at about 15" in height. Ottomans generally run between 26" to 37" in diameter. Storage ottomans are ideal when you want easy access to extra blankets or pillows. One of the best finds for a bedroom or any room is a small storage ottoman that’s a little higher at 19", making it ideal for a side table, foot rest or extra seat.
If a bench feels too large for your small bedroom, why not place a stool or two in your room for versatility? A round or square stool in your bedroom adds a touch of chicness that you can easily move around your room. A stool can transition from bed bench to seating or side breakfast table with a tray depending on your needs. Stools are typically a bit taller than ottomans, making them quick makeshift seats and tables. At 18" in diameter for a round stool and about 16" squared for a petite cube stool, you can fit at least one in the smallest of bedrooms to give the space maximum style. Stools can be elegant covered in tweed or velvet in sophisticated neutrals, or playful and poufy upholstered in fluffy fabrics.
Bench size: For the typical proportion and sizing, your bedroom bench can be a bit narrower than the width of your bed. Allow about 6" of your bed to peek out on each side of your bench. A 45"-wide bench is typical with a queen-size bed and a 60"- to 65"-wide bench fits well with a king-size bed.
Bench height: Whether you put a bench or ottoman at the end of your bed, make sure it’s a bit shorter than your bed or footboard.
Keep in mind that any bedroom bench, ottoman or stool is useful throughout your home if you want to change up your interior. Storage benches are ideal for entryways, and ottomans and stools make extra seating wherever you need it. Use these helpful tips to choose the extra seating and storage furniture pieces that suit your needs.