You are walking around your house, and you see your kid's toys all over the patio, what do you do? Simple-you get an outdoor storage bench. This little item of furniture, simply known as a furniture bench, is just what you need to keep all those unnecessary things tidy, while having it complement the décor.
Sometimes called a storage ottoman, the storage bench is just what it says it is. It is a bench that stores belongings. Storage benches come in all shapes, sizes and designs. Most can be bought at your local furniture store. Some, on the other hand are custom made to suit the taste of the buyer. Storage benches come in many designs; two of the most popular are the wood bench and the cushion bench. They are so easy to incorporate into your current furniture collection. You can put them by a wall to act as a seat for guests; in the TV room to store DVDs and sit on; by a hall stand in the corner, etc. They are especially useful on a ship's deck where spacing is a must. A bigger storage bench can be used as a bed, while the cupboards or drawers as a place to put your things.
But let us focus more on the storage benches at home, specifically the ones used outdoors. When shopping for the perfect bench, first you must think of where you are going to put it. Is it going to sit under a roof on the front porch? An interior designer would be very helpful in helping you choose one. Now, if it were going to be outside, a wood bench (varnished of course) would be best. Hardwood will give it structural integrity, while the varnish will protect it from getting wet. In here you can store anything from garden tools to flower pots. Also it would be a good place to sit and relax after a long day's work. If you want it on the porch, then a cushion bench with leather seating will be most comfortable. But always remember to properly maintain the upholstery or the leather will crack, leading to furniture damage. Using this bench is a very simple task, all you have to do is put it in a convenient spot and stuff in all the things you want to store for safekeeping.
Custom made benches are expensive but they look better. If generics and usability are all you want, then any furniture dealer would be more than happy to show you their selection of storage benches. This simple piece of furniture is the easiest way to have comfort, space saving, and function. A smaller one can even double as a chair and toy box for the kids.
Now that you have acquired the knowledge about storage benches, what are you waiting for? The clutter won't fix itself. Whenever you want a stylish piece of furniture that doubles as storage space, then get a storage bench. And your problems will all be stored safely and neatly inside a nice piece of furniture.