An entryway bench can serve so many functions that it just makes a lot of sense for a homeowner to own one. An entryway bench is the perfect place for visitors to remove their shoes if you have a strict no shoes policy inside the home. A bench in the entryway can also serve as some extra storage in some cases because it hides a very large storage box. It can also serve as a coat rack if you purchase one with a very high back and coat hooks on it. Whatever the need for an entryway, a bench is surely the answer.
Before you go shopping for an entryway bench, start by thinking about what kind of uses it will see. If all you want is a small place for guests to remove their shoes, then you probably will need a small, plain entryway bench. If the bench has to serve as storage, a coat rack, or all of the above uses, then you will need something larger and more ample. Just spend some time in the entryway of your home and imagine what the bench would look like when it is in place. Visualizing an entryway bench in your home will give you a very good idea of what kind you should look for and the things you will probably use it for.
Remember to measure!
After you spend some time visualizing the perfect entryway bench, then it is time to get out the measuring tape. Entryways are typically very small spaces, and the only way to be able to purchase a bench that will fit without crowding the space is to measure. Make sure to open the front door and measure the space that is left with the door standing open. Many people forget to factor in the amount of space the door needs to actually open, and they end up with a bench that blocks the door somewhat. Measuring is also important so that you can make sure that the depth of the bench does not take up too much room in the small space. Make sure that there will still be room to walk, and set a boundary for the bench. If the bench is larger than X amount of inches, then it should not even be considered.
Style and color
Sometimes people have trouble figuring out what style and color they should look for in an entryway bench. This is because usually the bench is the only thing in the room, so there is really nothing to match it to. Try matching it to the trim, the color of the inside of the door, or the color of the floor or walls. You can also think about the style of the other furniture in your home to get a good idea for what you will need. An entryway bench is the first piece of furniture someone will see when they come over to your home. Also some people who never even come into the house will see the bench when they come to the front door. You want the bench to evoke your own personal sense of style, and it should be something that is very attractive, yet functional.
Also be sure to look for a bench that is very sturdy because this bench will sit in a very high traffic area. It will probably be bumped and jostled around a lot, so a sturdier bench will be able to stand up to that abuse much more easily. When in doubt, choose a heavier bench rather than a lighter bench because you can rest assured that the bench is of a higher quality.