Choosing any piece of furniture for our flat can be a laborious task, as much as I would love to ooh and ahh over the latest trends and designs I always have to ask myself Is this furniture flexible? When living with limited storage and space at home, and especially with a child that likes to leave a trail of toys in his wake I try to be very considered when investing in a new piece.
I often turn to the delights of Pinterest for ideas and inspiration on how to create space and still achieve my style at home. One of my current crushes is the trusty bench, I love how versatile they are and how they can be used at home: To create light and space at a dining table, in the hallway to hide shoes under, as a shelf to display objects on or to create a cosy space to sit and read, there are so many options! Look at these beauties.
So when I was offered the chance to try out the Talia Bench c/o Habitat from their Dining Room Range I was super excited to see how it could be flexible in our home. Available in Warm Grey and White, I knew the clean design would fit into both traditional and contemporary interior making it a piece that would last any interior trends and the Scandi colour would sit perfectly with our palette.
As we have no dining room theres a lot going on in our lounge, with a collection of sofa, seats and side tables as well as our dining table for meal times. One of my main concerns when decorating the room was how cluttered it would feel with all our furniture with it being a multi-purpose room, and the high backed chairs at the table somehow made it feel a little cramped.
So first I introduced the bench into the lounge and was surprised at how much lighter the room felt for having a seat that tucks below the table. It gave the appearance of space and I love the idea of little feet all in a line at waiting for pudding, plus F seemed higher up too!
Also being quite narrow and light the Talia Bench is easy to move around to create extra seating for friends, making it perfect for parties and gathering. As we have no where to store our original dining chairs I wondered how else I could use this piece in our flat and after good few hours lost in the world of Pinterest I decided to try it in the bedroom.
We currently use a battered Ikea chest of drawers as the place to keep piled books and blankets by the bed, and has been on my replace list due to the amount of floor space it takes up. I decided to try the bench at the end of the bed and was super happy with the results. It's perfect for keeping a few books at reach, a blanket or even a morning cuppa, and F loves to sit on it at the end of the bed and chatter or pretend he's on a pirate ship. It also hides all of the
storage ugly under the bed *whoop*.
Would you swap dining chairs for a bench? I think I'm totally converted and love it when one piece of furniture can work in so many different ways. It's making me look at other pieces of furniture and how we can upcycle, sell or replace to create functional space and style.