Adding A Bench To Our Dining Table

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve rearranged yet another room in our home (right after our video house tour of course- d’oh). This time it’s the living/dining room. See, we love that we were able to move our dining table into our jumbo living space right off of the new kitchen (the whole open living plan has always appealed to us) but once we removed an arm chair to make room for the table and scootched the couch and the remaining chair over, we realized that the “living” part of the room was a little compromised. In adding a table for six, we lost an arm chair, so our living room was down to seating for three (two on the couch and one on the chair).

Now we actually do all of our lounging and hanging out in the den (which thankfully isn’t short on seating) but due to my perfectionism (read: lunacy) I knew there had to be a little adjustment that would make the living/dining room function perfectly whether it came to dinner or lounging. And then I saw a picture from with a round dining table with four chairs and a curved banquette around it. And that’s when lightning struck (metaphorically speaking). I realized that if we had some sort of cushy banquette or bench seating at the dining table it could double as seating for the living space too. And that’s when I was inspired to drag our little mini-mud room bench from Target into the room.


Of course we had to get another bench so that one could go back to living in our mini-mud room, but another bench meant even more under-bench storage. Hooray! And we actually found a slightly leggier version at Bed Bath & Beyond (the taller height was more comfy at the table) and the Target bench went back into the corner of the den where it so happily resided before. Victory.

Here’s what the living/dining room looked like pre-bench:

Living room before

And here it is post-bench:

Living/dining room after

It’s our new favorite spot to eat dinner (there’s something romantic about sharing a seat) and can also be pulled out and used as living room seating too. Gotta love multi-tasking furniture. Now we’re back to having a U-shaped conversation area in the living room, and we can easily seat 5 peeps again. I knew there was a solution. And I’m sure John’s happy that it was a cheap one, too.

Here’s the new set up from a few other angles:

Living room bench 2

Living room bench 4

Living room bench 1

Living room bench 5


  1. says

    I’m so in love with your home! I’ve searched and searched for the perfect “white” decor style, and you have it. I’m so glad I’ve found your blog, it’s skyrocketed to the top of my favorites. You have such great talent.

    And I have to add – I’m also decorating-obsessed but works in advertising girl ;)

  2. says

    great idea! multi-tasking anything is always nice to have.

    recently stumbled upon your blog, and liked it so much I had to write about it on mine, hope you don’t mind. keep the inspiration coming!

  3. says

    Love it!! Your decorating style is so nice and crisp and clean. The bench idea is very clever, and really looks fresh, too. Keep up the great work!

  4. YoungHouseLove says

    Hey girls,

    Glad you found us! Hopefully we can keep the fresh content a comin’. We’re always looking for opinions, advice, and affirmations, so thanks for the comments- keep ’em coming.


    p.s. Jennifer, thanks so much for the feature! We love your blog and have added it to our fav links.

    p.p.s. Bryn, thanks so much for sending people our way on Your blog is super fantastico (the forth pic down in your Cottage Living post is one of my fav spaces they’ve ever featured) and we’ve also added your blog to our sidebar.

  5. YoungHouseLove says

    Sure thing, Amy.

    Those shelves are from everyone’s favorite purveyor of allen wrenches: IKEA. They’re called Lack Wall Shelves and you can get them in 42″or 75″(ours are the latter). Check ’em out here:

    Pretty cheap and easy to install too. Let us know if you end up with any on your walls in the near future. We’d love to see the result.


  6. says

    Love your blog! I found it through the Nest and just adore your style. Loved the house tour – too cute! I’ve subscribed to your feed and can’t wait to see more.

  7. YoungHouseLove says

    Hey everyone,

    Thanks so much for the positive feedback on the bench. A new arrangement always takes some getting used to, but hearing that you all adore it really helps the adjustment period! I wish I could have you all over for cupcakes or something and give everyone a turn to sit on the bench. Anyway, thanks again for being such great little commenters- your responses are what keep us going!


  8. says

    I just have to say I am obsessed with your house! I think I’ve shown it to my husband about 8 times! Thanks for all the inspiration :)You do beautiful work!

  9. YoungHouseLove says

    Thanks Kristy,

    For the most part, we try to stick to budget-friendly design ideas, so hopefully your hubby can appreciate them! Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for lots more inspiration (we hope!) in the coming months.


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