Storage benches are a great way to add both character and functionality to your bedroom. However, when it comes to choosing the best end-of-bed storage bench for your own space, there are so many options out there that the task can seem a bit daunting. But fret not, I’ll talk about some things you should consider before making a purchase- so you can have the best possible addition to your collection of furniture.
Here are 6 things to consider when choosing a storage bench for your bedroom:
- Measure your space and find a bench whose dimensions fit.
- Choose the bench that fits with your bedroom’s style.
- Find a color that complements your bed and room.
- Select a material that fits your aesthetic and is durable.
- Ensure the price is within your budget.
- Assess the functionality of the bed storage bench.
In the rest of this article I’ll be talking about why each of those factors is important, and how they can help you in all of your furniture-purchasing endeavors.
One of the most important things to consider when buying a new piece of furniture is size.
Every storage bench is made differently depending on the style and brand. However, after spending quite a bit of time browsing the selection of storage benches for sale online, there seems to be a pretty standard size range for most storage benches. Here are the most common dimensions, more or less:
- Width: 50 inches (127 cm)
- Depth: 20 inches (50.8 cm)
- Height: 20 inches (50.8 cm)
Though this seems to be the preferred set of dimensions for a storage bench, they do come in all sorts of shapes and sizes- you can get them longer, wider, shorter, and taller, depending on your spatial needs.
When choosing a storage bench, make sure that you take measurements so you know the size limitations before you make a purchase. This will help you avoid buying a bench that is too small or too large for your needs.
Style is such an essential factor for interior design. There are so many different styles out there, and it can be hard to choose which one is right for you.
One of the best tips for finding a style that suits your needs is to make a Pinterest board. With Pinterest boards, you can categorize photos into boards, making any creative project so much easier- especially interior design.
Here’s a list from DecorAid that might help you figure out which styles you want to research:
- French Country
- Shabby Chic
- Hollywood Regency
- Urban Modern
- Mid-Century Modern
- Modern Farmhouse
- Modern Country
- Art Deco
- Asian Zen
- Feng Shui
Keep in mind that these are only a few of the interior design styles out there. There are countless styles to choose from, but hopefully, this short list will give you some inspiration and hopefully lead you in the right direction as far as purchasing a new storage bench goes.
Color is another crucial part of interior design. It might not seem that important, but your room might not look as cohesive without coordinated colors.
As any interior designer can tell you, and as Facilities Net points out, color can make or break a space. They go on to explain, “Color has a profound influence on a space and the people in it. Use it to your advantage to create an inviting, productive space.”
According to 99 Designs, in addition to affecting the look of a room, colors can actually impact your mood as well because there are links between emotions and colors. If you’ve ever taken an art class, you’ve probably learned about this already, but there are ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ colors, and being around those colors can make you feel different things.
Typically, cooler colors are more calming, and warmer colors are- well, warming. Bright colors can make you feel more energized and muted colors can make you feel more relaxed.
So when thinking of which storage bench to get, you should consider color. Think about the mood you want your room to give off as well as the appearance you would like to create and make a decision from there.
Money doesn’t grow on trees, and sometimes we have to make decisions based on our budget.
However, there’s nothing wrong with doing so. It’s wise to save money where you can and spend it on what’s most important to you.
If getting your “dream storage bench” is a priority, then go for it. However, keep in mind that you can still buy furniture that looks good without emptying your entire wallet. If you’re buying on a budget, try visiting thrift stores, buying from affordable stores, or checking Facebook Marketplace.
The material of your storage bench is another essential factor that you should consider. Material determines both color and texture, but let’s discuss texture since we already talked about color.
“Texture in interior design is vital, and is, quite literally, woven into the fabric of a designer’s vocabulary and practice. Creating texture is not simply just about how decor and soft furnishings feel, but it’s also about ‘visual texture’ – using different materials to add interest and breathe life into a room,” says Homes & Gardens.
Homes & Gardens goes on to say that rooms without texture seem flat and uninspired. Without texture, there’s no dimension or depth, and there’s even a lack of comfort because of that.
Texture is so essential for interior design; try considering texture in your search for the perfect storage bench. However, you also need to purchase furniture that’s going to be durable and last for some time, so take that into account, as well.
The last thing I’d like to talk about is functionality.
The most important part of a storage bench – looks excluded – is the actual storage of the furniture.
When looking for a storage bench, think about these questions and try to find a bench that meets your needs:
- Why do you need a storage bench?
- What are you planning on putting inside the storage bench?
- Why are you considering buying a storage bench in the first place?
- How will extra storage benefit your space?
Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll most likely have a better understanding of the functionality you desire in a storage bench.
There are so many things to consider when on the hunt for the perfect end-of-the-bed storage bench. Hopefully, this article has given you some clarity and guidance. With these tips and tricks, buying your next piece of furniture will surely be a lot less overwhelming and a lot more enjoyable.
- Dimensions: Matera Storage Bench Dimensions
- 99Designs: Colors and emotions: how colors make you feel
- Ashley Furniture: Briarson Storage Bench
- Facilities Net: The Importance of Color in Interior Design
- Homes & Gardens: Using texture in interior design – how professionals harness it to add depth and dimension to a room