ISSUE 82  |  Australia by Design

10 Easy Pieces: Backless Wooden Dining Benches

July 24, 2013 9:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

In our one bedroom apartment, space is sacred; which is why our wooden bench, meant to accompany the dining table, lives an alternate life as an entryway bench–bags on top, shoes below. The friends we host for dinner have no idea thanks to its simple, modern shape; the bench is entirely versatile.

On a recent quest for the 10 best wooden spindle benches, we came across a good lot of backless wooden benches and below is a list of favorites.

Above: From Gus Modern, the Plank Dining Bench is a Shaker-inspired walnut veneer bench for $475 from Y Living.

Above: The Giulio Bench, designed by sculptor Giulio Lazzotti, is made from molded plywood with beech veneer and an ebony stain; $1,280 from Design Within Reach.

Above: MASH Studio’s LAX Bench, designed by Bernard Brucha, is made from solid English walnut and finished with VOC- and solvent-free natural linseed oil; $510 from Design Public.

Above: The Teak Kubus Bench is made from solid teak using classical furniture techniques for $800-$1,000 depending on size from Lekker Home.

Above: The Bjursta Bench is made from ash veneer with clear stain for $99.99 from Ikea.

Above: Henrybuilt Furniture’s Scoop Bench, shown in solid teak, is available in a variety of solid woods with prices starting at $3,000 directly from Henrybuilt.

Above: Crate & Barrel’s Big Sur Bench in 48 Inches ($699) and in 71.5 Inches ($799) is made with European white oak with a waxed finish.

Above: Ethnicraft’s solid Teak Double Bench is made from FSC-certified sustainable and responsibly-harvested wood and imported from Belgium; prices start at $1,000 at Lekker Home.

Above: The Andover Bench, built in Vermont, is available in cherry, walnut, maple, and maple with charcoal or shell stain; $599 from Room & Board.

Above: Restoration Hardware’s Salvage Bench Medium is a parsons-style salvaged bench for $905.

To match your wooden bench, you’ll need a table–shop all our Dining Tables in our furniture section.