A bench footstool is a rectangular footstool that comes in a variety of different shapes and sizes and has a number of different uses as well.

Quite obviously, a bench footstool can be used simply as somewhere to rest those weary feet after a hard day at the office/digging the garden/running three miles as part of your weight loss target, etc.

But it is by no means restricted to acting as a footstool. Oh no. You can use a bench footstool for seating when you have a party (remember those?) or have Auntie Jan and Uncle Bert round for dinner because they can easily seat two people when you don’t have enough chairs.

They are also very useful for placing in a bay window area because you can sit on them and watch the world go by outside. Or watch the birds coming into the garden and helping themselves from the bird table. Or watch next door’s cat stalking the birds before they evade it by simply flying off.

A bench is also a great seat at the dressing table, and it is useful if you have a storage bench with a lid because you can use it to hide all sorts of stuff that you need to hand but would like to keep out of sight so that the bedroom doesn’t look like the kids’ bedroom does.

A hallway bench with storage in the UK is another very useful item. Around one-third of homes in the UK have a dog. Over a quarter have a cat. Now having a cat is one thing because when it meows you can simply open the door and let it out. Or you can even have a cat flap so that it can let itself in and out.

However, when you have a dog, you have to take it for walkies. You can’t just let it out to do its’ “own thing”. And dogs need plenty of exercises. And that means come rain or shine. Even if it’s raining, Fido still needs his walkies.

A hallway bench with storage underneath is the perfect answer. You can sit down on it and put your wellies on, putting your slippers or other shoes under the bench. When you come back with muddy, wet wellies, you can sit down and take them off again and put them on the shelf under the bench so that you don’t traipse mud up the hall and around the home.