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 just might be superior. For one, benches simply look better next to a table. The clean lines and parallel planes are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye and no chair will convince us otherwise. The other advantage that benches bring to the table — pun intended — is their innate inclusivity.


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And isn't that what dining is all about? Gathering to eat with your loved ones. While current circumstances might put a pause on inviting outside guests, setting up your dining table with benches now is the perfect opportunity to get close with your live-in loved ones, while warming up your space until your next dinner party. Here, we've gathered eight beautiful dining benches (some with accompanying tables, some without), you should add to your dining room.

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.

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 and bench. These one-of-a-kind pieces are extremely durable, which is key for big family dinners. Plus, West Elm practices sustainably sourcing to create the furniture from mango trees that no longer produce fruit.

3. Foundstone Frida 3-Piece Dining Set, $217.99

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. It's also ideal for tight spaces. The benches fit easily beneath the table, so you only have to slide them out when they're in use.


4. Joss & Main Maiorano 4 Piece Solid Wood Dining Set, $780

This four-piece set offers the best of both worlds, with two chairs for one side of the table and a bench for the other. Made of solid reclaimed pine wood with a weathered natural finish, the pieces are warm and rustic. At the same time, metal stretchers underneath add a contemporary flair.

5. West Elm Mid-Century A-Frame Bench, $299

Midcentury decor is timeless, as is this walnut bench. If you need a pair, the accompanying retro dining table is expandable with a drop-in leaf, which means more is always the merrier. Luckily, all of the wood is kiln-dried to prevent warping when spills inevitably happen.

6. Pottery Barn Menlo Reclaimed Teak Extending Dining Table and Bench, $2,499

Sustainable, reclaimed teak and acacia wood are used to make these gorgeous, artisan-looking pieces. The salvaged materials feature unique, authentic variations from past lives, including a distressed finish, visible nailheads, knots, and tiny cracks. These antique-like elements make the extendable table and bench all the more special.


7. World Market Live Edge Wood Sansur Dining Table, $899.99 and Live Edge Wood Sansur Dining Bench, $399.99

Live edges and fast-growing suar wood from Indonesia set this sturdy dining table and bench apart. The pieces provide a natural, organic vibe to any room. Designed for a crowd, they'll help you achieve your hosting dreams.

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.


Morgan Goldberg is a writer based in Los Angeles. She likes pasta, hiking, and crossword puzzles.