ISSUE 77  |  Summerhouse

10 Easy Pieces: Best Wooden Spindle Benches

June 19, 2013 3:30 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Have you ever been in love with a bench? I can safely say that I have been (actually, put that in the present tense) in love with a bench. Sometimes I’ll just imagine myself sitting on that bench and reading a book on a weekend afternoon. I think I could just read all day like that, if I had this bench.

The one that I’m coveting is a Shaker-influenced piece from Sawkille, in Rhinebeck, NY. And it turns out that all of us at Remodelista are at least a little obsessed with spindle-back benches, so we’ve rounded up the 10 best:

Above: From Sawkille in Rhinebeck, NY, the Tremper Bench is made from black walnut with an 18-inch seat height; contact Sawkille for pricing.

Above: Studioilse’s Bench with Back is available in American black walnut or European chestnut with either a Danish oil finish, white oil finish, matte white paint, or matte black brown paint with copper feet; $2,195 from The Future Perfect.

Above: The Ercol Loveseat is made from elm with beech legs in a natural or black finish for £685 from SCP.

Above: Moving Mountain’s blue Windsor Bench has exaggerated proportions and a matte lacquer finish. Constructed of solid pine and maple; pricing available upon request from Moving Mountains. Made in the USA.

Above: The Vigilia Bench from UK architect Eric Parry Designs; contact Parry directly for pricing.

Above: Made from solid hardwood in Lincolnville, Maine, the Shaker Bench is available in tiger maple, cherry, or walnut and in lengths from 4 to 14 feet; prices start at $1,600 from Windsor Chair.

Above: The Margaret Bench is made from solid maple, poplar, and 7-ply maple veneer and is available in 50 different washes of paint (shown here in ivory); $520 from Maine Cottage.

Above: From Thos. Moser, the Deacon’s Bench has a contoured solid cherry seat and ash spindles; prices start at $1,875.

Above: The Enfield Shaker Meetinghouse Bench is made from Eastern white pine and rock maple; $463.75 from Shaker Workshops.

Above: Made in the USA by cabinetmaker Jas Becker, the Bowback Bench is constructed from cherry wood with ash spindles and maple legs. Contact Jas Becker directly for pricing and availability.

Above: The Windsor Sackback Bench is made from oak bends and spindles, maple turnings, and a traditional pine seat; the 4-foot size is $1,600 from Windsor Chair. Made in the USA.

OK, so now that you’ve got your bench, you’re sure to need a table. Shop all our Dining Tables in our furniture section.