Dining Chairs have always been first choice when it comes to sitting around a table, however over the last few years as our interior confidence has grown, more and more of us are opting for the luxurious yet cozy Dining Bench.
But there are so many choices and combinations and styles how do you choose the right combo for your home? Well, worry no more! We have compiled a handy pocket guide with all the information you will ever need when it comes to selecting the perfect Dining Bench for your dining area. In this blog we break down the most important factors to consider when buying a dining bench, to make your decision making a little easier.
The first thing you need to consider is the look, style and size of your dining area. If you eat most of your meals in the kitchen and need space saving solutions, then it may be best to consider a corner bench or a straight bench which will tuck neatly under your table. If you want to spruce up your Dining room and have the luxury of space, then the bigger the better!
Below we have listed the benefits of Dining Benches vs. Dining Chairs, to help you make the most informed decision. And if you’re feeling adventurous there’s nothing stopping you mixing up Dining Chairs and Benches, creating a really chic and stylish look to your Dining Area. (You could try our Mellow Bench range with the Zilo Dining Chairs for a modern and coordinated look!)
Before buying any dining bench or chair, you must know the size of your table. If you are in the market for a new table as well as seating then the world is your oyster and you can choose table and bench size together! If you already have your table, then following the below tips will make things much simpler….
- Start off by measuring the Height and Length of the table top. If you have an extending dining table then also measure at each length.
- Now it is time to decide if you want to be able to tuck the bench under the table or use the full length of your table. If you are tight on space then we recommend measuring in between the legs, allowing about 10cm for clearance, so you can choose a bench that will tuck in neatly without knocking on any table legs.
Once you have your table measurements you can start looking for your Dining Bench (exciting!). When deciding on a bench it is very important to check the size of the bench, and cross check to make sure it will sit perfectly around your table. Whether you go for a full length bench or one you can tuck in, make sure you allow enough space to sit on the benches. For this we recommend that the front of the bench is in line with the edge of the table. For any Bench make sure you get the following measurements (we have a handy diagram of all required measurements in our Pocket Guide);
- Seat Back Height (If you have a bench with a back rest, don’t forget to check it fits with any panelling or window sills.)
- Seat Height (from floor to seat)
- Bench Depth
- Bench Length
- Seat Depth
Corner Benches are designed mainly to suit tables with a pedestal legs, such as our Sanza and Aira tables. That’s not to say they can’t work with tables with legs though! If choosing a Corner Bench is it really important to consider your sizing to make sure you have enough space to fit around the table legs and sit comfortably. Our dining benches are available in both Left and Right handed options.
Left Handed– Longer side is on the left
Right Handed– Longer side is on the right.
Bench with Backrest
By choosing a bench with backrest you will create more visual impact and a style statement when walking into a room. The backrest also offers more support when seated and is a great option to have full length for ultimate style points!
Bench without Backrest
Backless benches are great for opening up your dining area as without a back, they have less of a visual impact in the room. These are a space saving style and can easily be tucked in or sit full length. Without a backrest the bench is also that little bit lighter and easier to manoeuvre.
We hope this has helped you make an informed decision! What? You still can’t decide which one of our lovely benched to go for? Alright then, here is a breakdown of what tables work best with each type of bench…
So, just to recap, here is a quick check list of all the key factors to buying your new Dining Bench;
- Measure – This is the most important thing to consider when choosing a Dining Bench. There’s nothing worse than receiving your brand new dining set to discover it doesn’t fit in your ideal location. Save yourself the trouble by planning ahead and knowing measurements on your table, bench and also where it will sit.
- Location – Be sure on where your new dining bench will be positioned, and double check sizes (honestly- this part is so important!) to make sure you have enough space. Deciding whether you have a corner nook or a spacious dining room will help make a more informed selection.
- Table Style – Whether you have a round, square or rectangular table, extending or fixed, pedestal or legs, make sure you know what size it is and what look you are going for. Be sure on whether you want to tuck in your bench, keep full length, or if you want to mix and match your Bench with Dining Chairs.
- Bench Style – There are so many choices so explore all options and combinations to make sure you will maximise the space, while creating a beautiful and welcoming dining area! Remember, Backless Benches are lighter and easier to tuck under the table, where as Benches with Backrest are more visually impactful and create a strong sense of style
- Log on – Now you know what look you’re going for, get yourself onto danetti.com and explore our range of Dining Benches, Table and Chairs, for that effortlessly coordinated style.
You can find our Dining Benches Pocket Guide right here, full of useful tips and guidance. You will also find a very handy list of Perfect Pairings, where we have done all of the hard work for you and expertly matched benches and tables together. You will also find lots of helpful pointers on cleaning you benches, along with all the information you will ever need! I know, were just too kind…
Let us know which bench and table you have gone for, and don’t forget to share your pictures with us on Instagram tagging @Danetti_com and using #Danetti.