Anyway, back to benches... My sister-in-law and I decided to check out the local antique market one weekend and hit the jackpot on benches. There were tons, but all for a little more than I wanted to pay. We finally stopped at one booth that had a great bench with a not-so-great price--$150. I really liked it, but knew that I couldn't justify paying so much. Luckily, while were were browsing around the booth, the owner mentioned that everything was 50% off today! That made the bench $75, which was a little more feasible. Being the annoying shopper that I am, I still wondered if I could find a better deal, so I dragged my sister-in-law around to a few more booths until we realized, that we weren't going to find a better bench for a better price. I made my purchase, some how fit the thing in the backseat of my sister's Honda, and were off. Since our bed doesn't have a headboard or foot-board, the bench was a great finishing touch to the end of the bed. It also added seating in our master bedroom, which is always ideal to have.
Here is our wonderful bench:
I loved the distressed look of it, and even the bright green color, so I didn't change a thing about it.
Here are some other great benches.
(all of the following images are via Apartment Therapy)
You can also create a bench out of two ottomans, add a cushion to a wooden or iron bench to soften it, or get one with additional storage. They're stylish and functional. A must for every home!