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Best Small: SONGMICS Two-Tier Shoe Bench
An entryway bench needs to be extra-tough to stand up to the daily wear of the whole family coming in and out, especially when you consider how many backpacks, handbags, helmets and groceries will come across its surface! For that reason, wood is a low-maintenance material, and open shelving will allow you to easily access what you need when it’s stored below. This two-tier shoe bench is on the smaller side at 27 ½” x 11 ⅛” x 17 ¾”, just big enough to put next to the back door of a smaller home to help with organizing the drop zone without blocking the entryway. The bench includes two slatted shelves to hold your shoes while letting them breath and releasing debris and has cleverly rounded corners so no one hurts their shins.
Best Budget: SONGMICS Faux Leather Folding Bench
This inexpensive storage bench has a surprising feature: It folds flat! Great for renters, dorm rooms, or to easily set up extra storage or seating in a temporary space, this folding storage bench comes in four shades of leather-look fabric. At 43 ¼” x 14 ⅞” x 14 ⅞”, it’s longer and narrower than some of our other picks, making it a good pick for narrow rooms, shared spaces or along the bottom of a bed in a smaller room. The bench is made from MDF and, even though it folds into position, can hold up to 660 pounds — almost 300 pounds more than some of the other benches we found. Inside, a wall divides the storage space into two zones to keep contents organized and to add extra support to the seat.
Best for Mudroom: Pottery Barn Samantha Bench
This storage bench is generously-sized at 50” x 17” x 20”, with three divided cubbies below to stow shoes, bags and sports equipment under the seating area. It’s made of solid woods with wood veneers and available with a light-washed or darker-toned stain, and coordinating baskets and a fitted cushion are also available for a little more. As wide as this bench is, it’s the centerpiece of any semi-custom mudroom, with plenty of space for a few family members to sit (the weight capacity is 300 pounds) as they get ready for work or school, even with bags resting beside them. The traditional styling makes this feel like an upscale furniture piece that will elevate an entryway without feeling utilitarian.
Best for Shoes: MJL Furniture Designs The Sole Secret Button Tufted Ottoman
If you’re a person with a sizable shoe collection cluttering your closet floor or entryway, consider this bench! On the outside: At 50” x 17” x 20”, this is one of the wider and taller storage benches on the market, and the higher seat may be more comfortable for taller people. Inside, use removable dividers (included) to section off the storage area into individual cubbies for up to 14 pairs of women’s shoes or 12 pairs of men’s shoes, or use fewer or none of the dividers if you want wider storage areas. The large bench lid has hydraulics to make it easy to open and close. The bench is available in seven soothing fabric colors and has elegant button tufting to make it work in a bedroom or formal entryway.
Best with Back Support: Simpli Home Adams Entryway Storage Bench
Made of solid pine in four wood stain options, this handcrafted wooden entryway bench has a Shaker-style front panel and horizontal ladder back styling. Because it has a back and arms, it can be more comfortable to sit in than other wooden benches, and the arms can make it easier to get up and down off the bench, while the back protects your wall from scuffs and wear. Two child-safe hinges make it easier to open the bench, and inside you’ll find the storage area separated into two compartments. At 48” x 25.3” x 17”, this bench is great for wider hallways and front doors where it can add to the decor.
Best Winged: Convenience Concepts Garbo Storage Bench
With delicately rolled arms and curved legs, it may come as a surprise that this elegant bench hides storage inside the seat! The interior is almost six inches deep, just enough space to stash a few decorative pillows, a knitting project, or a stack of magazines. At 51.8” x 17” x 25.2”, the long bench is long enough to look good at the bottom of a bed for an elegant spot to put on your shoes and store extra linens. The symmetrical design also makes it a nice option in a dining or living room to create a reading nook underneath a picture window. This solid-wood bench comes in one of six tasteful upholstery options, including a chic black leather-look, chic botanical print and transitional geometric patterns.