Flexible benches

May 26, 2018 12:00 am | Updated 04:38 am IST

They are creating a new wave in decor in the drawing and dining rooms.By Mikita Laad Gupta

If you can think of one area that is fondly a meeting point in most homes, it is the dining where gastronomic delights play a major role in strengthening family ties and relationships. Getting together finds a special spot here where the dining room is now a combo of the dining and kitchen area. It has now drastically changed and metamorphosed into an informal and casual space. The revamped space has veered away from heavy, formal interiors to create a youthful vibe with a more casual feel. Thanks to millennials who are attracted to furniture products that create a sense of warmth while still infusing style into homes, say interior experts who are taking up contemporary homes too.

The dining table, that seems the cornerstone of every dining area, has undergone massive changes in the past few years. One of the ways in which the young are attempting to give the dining area a casual, cozy feel is either replacing the chairs with benches or opting for versatile seating options by combining chairs and benches. These benches - vintage style, metal, wooden and upholstered ones - that were earlier restricted to parks, gardens and waiting areas have now entered the dining room!

These dining benches not only give a feel of outdoor dining, but make a valuable addition to small houses and apartments. While the occupancy of a chair is limited to one person, a bench can accommodate three to four, when required. A space-saving option, benches can be used as an alternative to replace individual chairs entirely, or a combination of both chairs and benches, making the dining experience intimate. Benches lend an informality to most formal tables, making the ambience less formal.

Having a bench instead of dining chairs can save a lot of space. Whether you have a separate dining space or a small eat-in kitchen, using benches instead of chairs make it versatile as tucking away the benches under the table makes it look more spacious.

A bench can be made flexible in its use like making it a bench press or when placed in your bedroom at the end of the bed, it works out as a foot-board. When placed at the entrance of the house it serves people taking to their leg-wear or simply helps providing a convenient surface for your belongings, as you enter.

And in case you don’t want bare-bone benches, opt for a upholstered one for enhancing looks and comfort.

In case of get-togethers and movie nights at home, you just have to put them together with colourful cushions or a throw blanket to use them differently.

(The author is Senior Designer, Bonito Designs)

Having a bench instead of dining chairs can save a lot of space. Whether you have a separate dining space or a small eat-in kitchen, using benches instead of chairs make it versatile

Having a bench instead of dining chairs can save a lot of space. Whether you have a separate dining space or a small eat-in kitchen, using benches instead of chairs make it versatile

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