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Dining Room Benches for Less

Dining Room Benches for Less

Dining room benches are all the rage right now.  But have you seen the prices?!  They’re almost as much as a table.

I was given a fun challenge last week by my friend Carey to find an affordable dining bench for her new Emmerson Table from West Elm.

She only has four chairs, so wanted to put a bench on one side of the table to round out the seating.

Great table, love that reclaimed wood:

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 Via West Elm, The Emmerson Dining Table

 

But hello!  Those West Elm benches are $500 each!

So, I set out to find a few benches that would look great, at half the cost.

This “Reclaimed Weathered” one is great from Overstock, at only $210:

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Via Overstock, Reclaimed Weathered Bench, $210

 

But some reviewers reported their clothes got caught on the wood.  And also it might be weird to try to perfectly match the West Elm table.  What if the wood looks way too different?  That’s the thing with going budget – there are almost always random issues you need to look out for.

 

I thought I’d try to go in a different direction.

Loved this metal Peacock one.  It would look terrific next to a reclaimed wood table.

Loving the price at $225!

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Via Overstock, Tabouret Peacock Metal Bench, $225

 

I think this next one might be my favorite.  It looks stumpy but it’s actually quite large and lengthy at 60″.  Perfect for a 72″ long table.

The best part?  This bench is only $150!  And that includes shipping!

Powell-Furniture-Turino-BenchVia Wayfair, Powell Turino Bench, $150

 

There’s one more I love from CB2, but it’s a little short for a 72″ table.  Great look though, right?  It would look fabulous next to a shorter table.

And why stop at dining room?  This would look amazing in an entry way:

dylanb enchVia CB2, Dylan Bench, $129

 

All these benches make the $500 West Elm benches pale in comparison, right?

With all the savings, I’m hoping my friend Carey splurges and hosts a fabulous dinner party (hint hint).

4 Comments
  • Jasmin

    April 2, 2016at12:55 PM Reply

    Thanks so much! I have the West Elm Emmerson table too but I was having a hard time trying to decide on the matching West Elm bench!
    Which one did she end up buying??

    • Lorri Dyner

      April 4, 2016at5:04 PM Reply

      Hi Jasmin – my friend ended up buying the Wayfair upholstered one you see above. I think that was a really wise choice. LOVE mixing textures and elements – so smart! Good luck!

  • Sher

    September 25, 2016at5:05 PM Reply

    Hello, I am also having the trouble paying $500 for benches for my west elm emmerson. The Powell bench isn’t showing on way fair anymore. Do you know anywhere else I could find one? And does your friend love it with her table?

    • Lorri Dyner

      October 28, 2016at3:50 PM Reply

      Hi! Did you try the one from Overstock I mention above? It looks like it’s still being sold and is very similar to the Emmerson. Also, try searching “reclaimed wood bench” on Etsy or on Wayfair (Wayfair has a TON of stuff!). Good luck!

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