According to research, we spend almost four and a half years of our lives eating food. A significant chunk of this time will be spent at our dining tables at home – so it’s crucial to make the right choice when buying your kitchen or dining room furniture.
One of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is whether you want a dining bench or dining chairs. The right choice for you will depend on various factors, including the size of your kitchen and the number of people you need to accommodate.
Torn between a dining bench vs chairs? You’re in the right place. In this blog post, we’ll explain the key benefits of each, so you can decide what’s best for you and your family.
Why choose a dining bench?
Dining benches have become an increasingly popular choice over the last few years. Reminiscent of work benches or the seating you might find in a communal canteen, they give your kitchen a stylish edge that can be either rustic or industrial, depending on the style of your décor.
Below, we’ve compiled the main reasons why a dining table with a bench could be a great addition to your home.
Dining benches are great for dinner parties
If you’re a frequent entertainer – or find yourself feeding different family members on a regular basis – a bench is a practical solution. While chairs are strictly one per person, a bench can accommodate more or fewer people depending on your requirements. Simply shuffle your guests along and invite others to join!
Dining benches fit underneath your table
If space is at a premium in your home, a dining bench could be the way to go. Our beautiful Florence benches are designed to fit perfectly underneath corresponding rectangular dining tables, which means you can tuck them neatly out of sight when it’s not in use.
Dining benches are versatile
Another great feature of our dining benches at furniture.co.uk is their versatility. Our Florence white dining benches will look as at home in your kitchen as they will in your hallway, living room or bedroom. Don’t need a dining bench all the time? Simply use your bench as a console table until it’s needed to seat your friends and family.
Why choose dining chairs?
If benches aren’t your bag, truffle, white or sage green dining chairs are a classic and comfortable alternative. Whether you’re drawn to the sleek Scandinavian look of our Edvard Olsen golden oak dining chairs or the timeless design of our Victorian-inspired Florence chairs, you’ll never need to choose function over style when you buy from furniture.co.uk.
Discover why a dining table with chairs could be the perfect choice for your family.
Dining chairs are better for your back
A staggering 65% of us in the UK experience back or neck pain every month – and if you’re among them, it’s important to find the right seating for your kitchen or dining room. As benches are backless, they unfortunately don’t provide the same support as a chair. For ultimate comfort, we recommend our high back Florence chair, ergonomically designed to ensure that back pain never cuts your dinner parties short!
Our navy, sage green, truffle and white dining chairs are also available upholstered with a cushion. The padded seat helps to improve your posture and provides the perfect spot for those languid evenings at the dinner table. Read more benefits of upholstered dining chairs on our blog.
Dining chairs are convenient
What dining chairs lack in cosiness they make up for in convenience. One of the least convenient aspects of a dining bench is getting in and out – especially if you’re sharing the bench with several other people. With dining chairs, this isn’t an issue, leaving everyone free to get up and down at their own pace.
Dining chairs fit circular dining tables
Circular dining tables like our large pedestal tables are a great choice for kitchens of any shape and size. If you have a round table, it would be impossible to find a dining bench that fits perfectly. Dining chairs are therefore a more practical solution. Not only will they enable you to make the most of your space, but they also create an intimate atmosphere that’s perfect for small gatherings and everyday family dinners. Choose from sage green, truffle, white, navy blue or dove grey dining tables to suit your décor.
Take a seat with furniture.co.uk
Whatever your ideal seating solution, browse our entire range of dining room furniture today. From grand banquets to cosy midweek meals, with our dining room sets you’ll be sitting down in style whatever the occasion.