Dining Benches

Dining Benches, Dining Sets
Dining Bench Set: How to Set up, Match and Style Dining Benches
October 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm 0
  A dining bench set is a simple but really effective way to update your dining space.  Comfortable, efficient and flexible, after reading this post you’ll wonder why you hadn’t considered a dining bench set sooner! Whether you have a formal dining area or a casual kitchen/dining room space, a dining bench would be a very smart choice. So, let us take you through the different shapes and styles of kitchen bench, the measurements you really shouldn’t miss, and the matching dining tables that will create a stunning dining bench set in your home.  

Why Choose a Dining Bench Set?

A dining bench set may seem a big jump from having traditional dining chair seating in your home. But when chosen with the shape and size of your room in mind, a dining bench really can work wonders in a space. Here are a couple of reasons why we think dining benches are a smart choice for your home:
  • It’s more economical: this, of course, depends on how large your table is, but the cost of your dining chairs can really add up. A dining bench will allow you to seat just as many, if not more, all on one cosy seat.
  • It’s a more versatile seating arrangement: whether you opt for a backless bench, a bench with a back or a corner unit, a dining bench will allow you to really transform your dining area. You could also pair a dining bench alongside dining chairs for a mix and match seating setting.
  • It saves space: you can often tuck a backless dining bench under the table and out of the way if you need more floor space, making a backless bench a great space saver. With a dining bench you can also seat a couple more when you have guests over for dinner, so you don’t need to pull up any extra dining chairs or huddle around the table.

How To Measure Your Dining Bench Set:

If you’re choosing a premade dining set, all the bench shapes and table sizes will be matched for you. However, it’s still good to know your key measurements and how much space you’ll need in your kitchen or dining room.

Bench Sizing Checklist:

  1. Seat back height (which is all the way to the top if your bench has a backrest).
  2. Seat height (from floor to the seat). A comfortable seat height should be around 45cm, the same as a dining chair.
  3. Bench depth (this is from the very front to the very back of the bench)
  4. Seat depth (from front of the seat to as far back as you can sit)
  5. Bench length (this will help you decide how many you’ll be able to sit comfortably)

Top Tip: If you’re planning to put your bench against a wall be sure to check that it fits with any panelling, radiators or window sills.


Table Measuring Checklist:

  1. Height of the table
  2. Table length
  3. Length of the table with extensions (if applicable)
  4. Table measurement from between the legs (not just the table top).

Top Tip: You should aim for your bench to be roughly the table measurement from between the legs, or minus 5-10cm if you want to tuck the bench underneath the table.


Dining Bench Shapes and Sizes

There are a whole variety of benches available, so it’s key to pick one that’s right for you and your space. Dining benches are a great opportunity to really make the most of your dining area and transform its look. Here are our dining bench top picks and what features you should look out for.  

Full-Length Dining Benches

Great For: maximizing the seats around the table.

Example of how a full length dining bench should it alongside your dining table

Example of how a full-length dining bench should it alongside your dining table

A full-length kitchen bench does what it says on the tin - it needs to be the full length of your dining table. This style of bench works especially well with pedestal dining tables or where the table legs aren’t set at each of the four corners, as you can neatly tuck the bench in while still maximising your space. That’s not to say a full-length kitchen bench doesn't look great alongside a table with legs, just consider how you will be able to sit on the bench and if the table legs are in the way.  

Tucked in Dining Benches

Great For: space saving and a neat compact look.

This really isn't one to miss! make sure you measure inside the table legs as well as the table top.

This really isn't one to miss! make sure you measure inside the table legs as well as the table top.

To be able to tuck your bench underneath a table with legs, the bench will need to fit the ‘inside leg length’ measurement of the table rather than the length of the tabletop. You’ll also want to leave about 5-10cm for clearance to avoid bumping into the legs every time the bench is pulled in and out. "<yoastmark  

Top Tip: Whether you have your bench tucked in or at the full length of your table, we recommend that you allow enough space so that when you are sitting on the bench, the front of the bench is in line with the front of the table. This applies to corner benches as well as it will give you the optimum comfort while seated. You may prefer to have a more tucked in seating position, but this will make sure that you always have enough room.


Corner Dining Benches

Great For: creating a cosy dining corner.

Corner dining benches are designed mainly to suit tables with pedestal legs, such as our Sanza and Aria tables. That’s not to say that they can’t work with tables with legs though! In this case, you’ll really need to consider your sizing and check there’s enough space to fit around the table legs and be seated comfortably.  

Top Tip: It’s called left-hand dining bench because the longer side is on the left and a right-hand dining bench because the longer side is on the right!


Benches with a Backrest 

Great For: comfortable and versatile dining.

Clean-lined and simple, a straight back bench offers more back support as you can lean back when you are seated. Benches with a back create more of a visual impact in a room, which is great if you’ve got the space and are really looking to add a style statement in your dining interior. A dining bench with a back also allows you to squeeze on a couple more, even if seating does become more snug!  

Backless Benches 

Great For: opening up the look and feel in your dining area.

Backless dining benches are great for opening up your dining space as, without a back, they have less of a visual impact in the room. They’re also great space savers too; if you select a bench size that’s smaller than the inside leg length of your table, you can neatly tuck the bench away when it’s not in use. Backless benches are also that bit lighter and easy to move.  

Perfect Pairings: Matching Dining Tables and Benches

One of the many great things about a dining bench is that it can be styled alongside a variety of dining tables. Whether you choose to tie your set together by shape, colour or size, you'll be able to find a perfect pairing for your space. Here are our top styling picks when it comes to styling a dining bench set:

A Cosy Corner

Sanza White Gloss and Loop 7 Seater Left Hand Corner Bench Dining Set
A corner nook is a perfect opportunity to have a corner bench in your home. A corner bench will really make the most of an awkward corner and turn into a cosy and communal dining spot. Alternatively, you can use a corner bench to section off a dining area in an open plan kitchen or kitchen/dining area. Our range of Loop 5 and 7 seater left and right-hand corner benches would work a treat!  

More to Seat?

Sanza White Gloss and Loop 7 Seater Right Hand Corner Bench Dining Set
A dining bench is a great match with an extending dining table, as with a bench you can be a bit more flexible with your seating, even if it does become a slightly more snug! This is an ideal dining bench set option if you want the flexibility of a table extension but don’t have the space to store extra chairs when they are not in use.  

Seamless Coordination

Mellow 4 Seater Bench with Backrest
A great way to make your new dining bench set look right at home is to coordinate it with other furniture pieces in your space. Here we’ve coordinated the black powder coated legs of the Mellow bench with the sleek black chrome base of the Elise Black Chrome Bar Stool. The Zen 6 Seater White Gloss and Glass Dining Table ties the whole look together by breaking up the darker finished,  keeping the space looking light and modern.  

Care and Cleaning

Chances are, you’ll be using your dining benches daily. This is why we recommend doing a light, regular clean of your benches. This will help to keep away any marks caused by day to day use, keeping your bench looking newer for longer.  

Faux Leather Dining Benches

When it comes to cleaning any marks and spills caused by food and drink, step away from the bleach! Bleach is a harsh chemical cleaner that will just damage the leather rather than help to clean it. Instead, opt for gentler cleaner agents such as a dab of mild detergent like washing-up liquid on a soft, slightly dampened cloth. Apply a gentle amount of pressure and move in a circular motion. Then with a dry cloth, wipe the faux leather to remove any excess moisture.  

Chrome Dining Bench Legs

For the chrome base or legs of your dining bench, we advise using soap and water on a soft cloth, and if the mark still doesn’t go away, try adding a splash of vinegar. This will help to give your cleaning that extra boost. Waxing chrome after cleaning will help to keep its high shine for even longer. Avoid using abrasive materials on your chrome dining table or benches. Any scratches caused can potentially expose the material to the air, subsequently resulting in rusting over time.  

Brushed Metal Bench Legs

Much like chrome, all you need to clean brushed metal or stainless steel is a mix of warm water and mild dishwashing detergent. For those harder to remove marks, window cleaner or a solution that’s half water and half white vinegar works a treat! Alternatively, you can use baby oil on a paper towel, being sure to buff away any excess solution with a dry, microfibre cloth. Dust your brushed metal bench legs regularly to keep it looking newer for longer.  

Black Powder Coated Bench Legs

To clean black powder coated benches, prepare a bucket of soapy water by adding a few drops of mild liquid detergent to warm water. Then, dip a lint-free the rag in the soapy water and wring out excess. Gently wipe the entire surface, remembering to wash underneath the furnishing and in all cracks and grooves. Never use ammonia or bleach on powder-coated furniture and avoid scraping or rubbing the surface with an abrasive cloth. This could damage or remove the coating from the surface rather than help to remove the mark.  

So, have we convinced you that a dining bench set would be a great addition to your home?

We hope so! If you’d like more information on bench sizing and styling, we highly recommend taking a look at our all-you-need-to-know Dining Bench Sizing Blog Post. Or, just ask us a question in the comments!  

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Buying Guides, Dining Benches
How To Guide on Choosing Your Perfect Dining Bench
March 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm 0

Mellow and Nala Dining Set

Dining Chairs have always been the first choice when it comes to sitting around a table, however over the last few years as our interior confidence has grown, more and more of us are opting for the luxurious yet cosy Dining Bench.

But there are so many choices and combinations and styles how do you choose the right combo for your home? Well, worry no more! We have compiled a handy pocket guide with all the information you will ever need when it comes to selecting the perfect Dining Bench... In this blog, we break down the most important factors to consider when buying a dining bench. Helping you to make your decision making a little easier. Mellow Dining Bench without Backrest

Mellow Bench w/ Backrest

The first thing you need to consider is the look, style and size of your dining area. If you eat most of your meals in the kitchen and need space saving solutions, then it may be best to consider a corner bench or a straight bench. These will tuck neatly under your table. However if you want to spruce up your Dining room and have the luxury of space, then the bigger the better!

Hudson Bench and Dining Chairs with White Gloss Zen Dining Table

Below we have listed the benefits of Dining Benches vs. Dining Chairs, to help you make the most informed decision. And if you're feeling adventurous, there’s nothing stopping you mixing up Dining Chairs and Benches! This will create a really chic and stylish look to your Dining Area. (You could try our Mellow Bench range with the Zilo Dining Chairs for a modern and coordinated look!) Dining Benches vs Dining Chairs

Measure Up!

Before buying any dining bench or chair, you must know the size of your table. If you are in the market for a new table as well as seating then the world is your oyster! Meaning you can choose your table and bench size together! If you already have your table, then following the below tips will make things much simpler….  
  • Start off by measuring the Height and Length of the table top. If you have an extending dining table then also measure at each length.

The Mellow Velvet Benches are great when paired with a pedestal table, such as the Sanza, as you are able to tuck them neatly under allowing you extra space in your dining room.

  • Now it is time to decide if you want to be able to tuck the bench under the table or use the full length of your table. If you are tight on space then we recommend measuring in between the legs. Make sure you're allowing about 10cm for clearance. That way you can choose a bench that will tuck in neatly without knocking on any table legs.  
Once you have your table measurements you can start looking for your Dining Bench (exciting!). When deciding on a bench it is very important to check the size of the bench and cross-check to make sure it will sit perfectly around your table.

Dining Bench Sizes

Whether you go for a full-length bench or one you can tuck in, make sure you allow enough space to sit on the benches. For this, we recommend that the front of the bench is in line with the edge of the table. Make sure you check the following measurements with any Dining Bench. (we have a handy diagram of all required measurements in our Pocket Guide);

Fergus Bench with Backrest in Mustard Yellow

  • Seat Back Height (If you have a bench with a backrest, don't forget to check it fits with any panelling or window sills.)
  • Seat Height (from floor to seat)
  • Bench Depth
  • Bench Length
  • Seat Depth

The Dover Backless Bench is ideal for tucking under tables and keeping out of the way

Bench Sizing Infographic

Corner Bench

Corner Benches are designed mainly to suit tables with pedestal legs, such as our Sanza and Aria tables. That’s not to say they can’t work with tables with legs though! If choosing a Corner Bench, it's really important to consider your sizing to make sure you have enough space to fit around the table legs and sit comfortably. Our dining benches are available in both Left and Right handed options.

Left Handed- Longer side is on the left

Right Handed- Longer side is on the right.    

The above images show you the difference between the size of our 5 seater and 7 seater Loop Corner Benches. They're also a clear way to show a left handed bench against a right, making your corner bench shopping that little bit easier. Loop Corner Bench and Sanza Extending Dining Table

Sanza White Gloss and Loop 7 Seater Right Hand Corner Bench Dining Set

Bench with Backrest

By choosing a bench with backrest you will create more visual impact and a style statement when walking into a room. The backrest also offers more support when seated and is a great option to have full length for ultimate style points!   Mellow Dining Bench with Backrest

Mellow 3 Seater Bench with Backrest

Finley 3 Seater Bench with Backrest

Dover 3 Seater Bench with Backrest

Mellow Velvet 3 Seater Bench with Backrest

Bench without Backrest

Backless benches are great for opening up your dining area as without a back, they have less of a visual impact in the room. These are a space-saving style and can easily be tucked in or sit full length. Without a backrest, the bench is also that little bit lighter and easier to manoeuvre.

Mellow 3 Seater Bench in Petrol Velvet

Loop 4 Seater Dining Bench without Backrest

Loop 4 Seater Bench without Backrest

Pairing a backless bench with a bench with backrest is a great way to balance out your dining room while allowing maximum style points.

We hope this has helped you make an informed decision! What? You still can't decide which one of our lovely benched to go for? Alright then, here is a breakdown of what tables work best with each type of bench…   Bench and Table pairing Infographic

What have we learnt?

So, just to recap, here is a quick checklist of all the key factors to buying your new Dining Bench;

Mellow Velvet and Grey Gloss Sanza Dining Set

  1. Measure - This is the most important thing to consider when choosing a Dining Bench. There’s nothing worse than receiving your brand new dining set to discover it doesn't fit in your ideal location! Save yourself the hassle by planning ahead and knowing measurements on your table, bench and also where it will sit.
  2. Location - Be sure about where your new dining bench will be positioned, and double check sizes. (honestly- this part is so important!) Just to make sure you have enough space. Deciding whether you have a corner nook or a spacious dining room will help make a more informed selection.
  3. Table Style - Whether you have a round, square or rectangular table. Extending or fixed, pedestal or legs, make sure you know what size it is and what look you are going for. Be sure on whether you want to tuck in your bench, keep full length. Perhaps you want to mix and match your Bench with Dining Chairs.
  4. Bench Style - There are so many choices so explore all options and combinations to make sure you will maximise the space. All the while creating a beautiful and welcoming dining area! Remember, Backless Benches are lighter and easier to tuck under the table, whereas Benches with Backrest are more visually impactful and create a strong sense of style.
  5. Log on - Now you know what look you're going for, get yourself onto danetti.com and explore our range of Dining Benches, Table and Chairs. Perfect for that effortlessly coordinated style.

Dover and White Gloss Sanza Dining Set 

And finally

You can find our Dining Benches Pocket Guide right here, full of useful tips and guidance. You will also find a very handy list of Perfect Pairings, where we've done all of the hard work for you and expertly matched benches and tables together. There are also lots of helpful pointers on cleaning your benches! I know, we're just too kind… Let us know which bench and table you have gone for, and don't forget to share your pictures with us on Instagram tagging @Danetti_com and using #Danetti.
Dining Benches, Materials
Upholstered Leather Dining Benches – Comfy, Versatile and Trendy!
May 16, 2013 at 8:51 am 0
Genoa Soft Grey Dining Bench with Backrest

Genoa Soft Grey Dining Bench with Backrest from £619.00

Our new range of upholstered Genoa Dining Benches are versatile, made to measure and very trendy!  Available with or without a backrest, you can choose whether to have the loop legs in shiny chrome or brushed metal according to your existing decor.

Genoa Raspberry Red Dining Bench

Genoa Raspberry Red Dining Bench from £448.00

The well padded seats and backrests of these dining benches are upholstered in high density foam and covered in durable, soft faux leather.  The seats and backrest are quilted to give attractive, eye-catching detail.

The Genoa Dining Benches are available in a range of 10 modern colours:  Soft Grey, Almond Beige, Breton Blue, Black, Fresh Lime, Cocoa Brown, Raspberry Red, Spicy Orange, Taupe and Polar White.
Genoa Fresh Lime Dining Bench with Backrest

Genoa Fresh Lime Dining Bench with Backrest from £619.00

They complement many types of table perfectly, including glass dining tables, high gloss tables, oak and walnut wooden tables.  They are also ideal if you have an extending dining table as you can easily add some extra chairs at either end.

If you are looking for a versatile and funky dining seat solution for a kitchen diner or dining room then a couple of our new dining benches could be right up your street!