8 Dining Room Tables That Prove Benches Are Better Than Chairs

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Dining chairs are great and all, but, in our opinion, the dining bench will always have the edge. For one, benches simply look better next to a dining table. The clean lines and parallel planes are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and no chair will convince us otherwise. In addition to their dashing good looks, benches bring innate inclusivity to the table—pun intended.

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And isn't that what dining is all about? Gathering to live, laugh, and eat with your loved ones?

Ahead, we've curated a list of eight beautiful dining benches (some with accompanying tables, some without) that you might want to add to your dining room to bring even more warmth to the space.

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1. Urban Outfitters Astrid Dining Bench, $199

Modern and delightfully geometric, this dining bench is art museum-worthy. Textured details like circular cutouts and a slatted tabletop make the table pop, while the accompanying bench offers ample seating for group meals.

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2. West Elm Anton Solid Wood Dining Table, $1099 and Anton Solid Wood Dining Bench, $449

Kiln-dried, solid mango wood beautifully displays the material's natural grain with this updated farmhouse-style dining table with bench seating. These one-of-a-kind pieces are extremely durable, which is key for big family dinners. Plus, West Elm practices sustainable sourcing to create furniture from mango trees that no longer produce fruit.

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3. Ebern Designs Brown Santrell 4-Person Dining Set, $319.99

If you're trying to bench on a budget, look no further. This compact, three-piece set is simple and minimal, with steel and manufactured wood coming together for a classic industrial look. With such a small footprint, this dining room set is also ideal for small spaces. The benches fit easily beneath the table, so you only have to slide them out when needed.

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4. Carbon Loft Pallero Reclaimed Pine 72-inch Bench, $385.47

This seven-piece dining set offers the best of both worlds; with plenty of chairs for one side of the table and a bench that seats three on the other, there's room for the whole gang. Made of solid reclaimed pine wood with a weathered natural finish, the pieces are warm and rustic but elegant enough to work in any dining room.

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5. Copper Grove Chalwa 6-piece Rustic Dining Set, $1,783.62

With plenty of rustic vibes, this dining room furniture will fit handsomely into any modern farmhouse. The grand table features an X-cross trestle base for exceptional support and durability, and the side chairs and bench are upholstered, giving the set an elegant bump.

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6. Pottery Barn Benchwright Extending Dining Table, from $1,999

Perfect for a rustic-industrial aesthetic, this dining table from Pottery Barn is infinitely elegant. The dining table features oversized bolts, turnbuckle hardware, and a hand-applied finish highlighting the gorgeous wood grain. The matching bench to this table comes in three sizes to comfortably accommodate anywhere from two to four people, and the table has a drop-in leaf, so there's plenty of room for all the family meals.

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7. Costway 4-Piece Solid Wood Dining Room Set, Counter Height Dining Furniture, $309.99

Designed with sleek dark wood, this dining room set is both simple and modern. Great for small spaces or maybe even a breakfast nook, this counter-height dining room set takes up a small footprint but still features two saddle stools, one bench, and an ample tabletop.

8. Restoration Hardware Channel Rectangular Dining Table, $2,295 and Channel Dining Bench, $1,595

Sleek and refined, thick planks of white American oak are supported by matte metal bases for this dining table and bench couple. The combination of these two distinct elements is at once elegant and minimalist. A two-piece tabletop adds complexity.

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