12 Small Entryway Benches to Shop — Including One Designed by Leanne Ford for Under $300

Don't let their size fool you, these small benches can still make a grand entrance

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‘Welcome! But first, take off your shoes,’ is just one reason you might want to consider a small entryway bench. But, there's many more. They’re among the most versatile items of furniture you’ll ever own: practical and, when done right, they make for a grand entrance.

Why go petite? The obvious answer is that these multi-functional wonders are perfect to make the most of a small entryway. But even if you’ve got plenty of space, there’s something to be said for a minimalist approach that makes your entryway feel more zen and relaxed.

According to Jodi Peterman, founder and CEO of Elizabeth Erin Designs, ‘a well-chosen bench can act as a focal point and set the tone for the rest of the home.’ ‘It can enhance the overall design by adding texture, color, and style,’ she adds. Practically speaking, a small entryway bench ‘provides a convenient spot for putting on and taking off shoes, which can help keep your home cleaner by encouraging family members and guests to remove their footwear.’ And if you choose one with additional storage (more on that later), it’s also great for keeping your entryway ‘organized and clutter-free.’ I wish my other furniture did so much.

I’ve scoured high and low for the most compact little beauties to grace your foyer. But let's face it, being a pretty face isn't enough — I wanted benches that can put in the work and handle the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Many reviews and even more Google searches later, I found 12 front-runners that can do it all. So come in, take a seat, and get comfy.

Small Entryway Benches To Shop

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What is the best material for small entryway benches?

Located at prime household real estate, entryway seating gets its fair share of wear. There are no hard and fast rules for the best materials for small entryway benches, as long as they’re ‘durable and easy to clean,’ says Jodi Peterman of Elizabeth Erin Designs.

Wood is a classic option that adds warmth and can be easily customized with paint or stain to match any decor. On the other hand, metal benches offer a sleek, modern look and are incredibly sturdy.

Upholstered benches are a popular choice for their cozy, luxe look and the variety of colors and textures they offer. However, buyers should practice a bit of caution, says Jodi. Look for upholstery made with ‘durable, easy-to-clean fabrics, especially if the entryway is a high-traffic area.’ Although more expensive, ‘materials like leather or high-performance fabrics that resist stains and wear’ might end up being worth the investment.

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