Instead of keeping you restricted to a set number of seats like traditional chairs do, a dining bench is a more flexible option that emphasizes the cozy, communal aspects of gathering around the table together. A dining bench with back? That's the cherry on top that adds a familiar element of comfort, helping you and your guests maintain the correct posture even during the longest meals.
Modern Dining Room Design
But how do you choose one that matches your table, room, and needs?
A standard dining bench is around 18-20" in height, which will work with most tables. However, if yours is on the low side or you need the bench for a taller breakfast bar, it wouldn't be a bad idea to measure the height of your existing chairs to avoid disappointment.
You also need to think of how many people you want to accommodate. In general, 42-52" inches in length is ideal for two adults, whereas 63-80" is a safer choice for three. For longer options, try and leave at least 21" per person.
While a bench with armrests can introduce an additional comfort, keep in mind that it could mean less flexibility if you're planning on squeezing in with an extra person whenever needed.
As for materials, wood is still the most popular option. Available in lots of different finishes, it can match various décors depending on the style of each model. You can either leave it like that or, for enhanced comfort, add cushions.
Wooden benches with an upholstered back are a popular option in traditional, modern, French country or, when they're not very decorative, even contemporary rooms. Leather upholstery is easy to wipe clean but requires more maintenance and, if kept in direct sunlight, it can discolor over time. Synthetic upholstery like polyester is easier to clean than stylish natural options like cotton or linen: definitely a safer choice if you have kids!
Finally, think of the aesthetic aspect of your new dining bench with back. You could have the same finish as your table to maintain an element of consistency or create a bold contrasting effect by having a lighter bench against a darker table or vice versa.
Still, we recommend choosing a bench with back that maintains the interior style of your dining room.
Available in either beige or gray, this charming dining bench with back is a dream come true in any traditional dining room: it combines an elegant solid wood frame in a walnut finish with cozy tufted upholstery in polyester (so easy to clean!). Featuring a long footrest, this bench is a real treat for couples.
This highly decorative dining bench with back is the perfect match for more ornate styles like French country. From its curved sides to the studs and tufted back, it's obvious that a lot of attention to detail has gone into the creation of this elegant model, and the uniqueness of its acacia base adds a warm rustic vibe.
You can find this dining bench with back in several colors and finishes, but we especially recommend the white one if you have shabby chic interiors. This cozy and charming bench introduces a vintage touch to a traditional cottage-style design. From its tapered legs to the open spindle backrest, it's bound to be a delicate, breezy upgrade.
If you have industrial interiors, this dining bench with back will end your quest. Featuring a bold combination of dark metal and wood with a chestnut finish, this spacious bench for two will turn your dining room into a modern warehouse-style café. Specific details like the heavy-duty screws and its distressed finish add to the raw charm of this style.
Cozy and with an almost nostalgic look, this rustic wooden bench with back will reinforce the traditional vibes of your dining room. Showcasing its solid pine build through a classic slat-back design, it will also make your room look airier and lighter. This beautiful model maintains clean lines with a slight distressed feel that add to its character and charm.
This elegant dining bench with back will complement any room with a darker palette. Boasting a unique wood grain on its rustic frame, it adds a contemporary spin to the traditional farmhouse style without failing to inspire a cozy feeling. As well as a comfortable tufted back, this chair will spoil you with a handy footrest.
Solid Manufactured Wood Bench
Adding a contemporary twist to a mid-century modern-inspired design, this dining bench with back can easily work in more minimalist settings, too. Whether you decide to opt for its light or dark gray finish, we bet you won't be disappointed by the look of its solid walnut wood, unique sled-like legs, and the delightful button tufting of its polyester upholstery.
Polyester Upholstered Bench
With the seating capacity of three and a design that reinforces the focus on communal eating, this dining bench with back is the most rustic model we've seen: crafted from solid wood in a dark, slightly distressed finish, it's impeccable at complementing farmhouse décors or adding a homely touch to other styles.
Smokey Walnut Dining Bench
This wooden dining bench with back follows an unusual but surprisingly versatile design that makes it a great candidate for several interior styles: while it immediately inspires modern vibes, the rugged industrial accents also add to its beauty. Plus, the brown polyester cushion reinforces the color of the acacia frame.
Featuring a more streamlined design without compromising on comfort, this dining bench with back combines contemporary and minimalist vibes in a way that makes it particularly perfect in smaller dining rooms. We absolutely love the way it pairs up neutral cushions with a smooth wooden frame.
Forest Green Upholstered Bench