mid century bench Photo: West Elm

Back in the days when telephones were not portable and calling someone, rather than texting, did not induce anxiety, there was a practical piece of furniture known as the “gossip bench.” The seat and its attached tabletop became a common feature of households during the 1950s and 60s. While the gossip bench no longer serves its original purpose, it is the perfect addition to an entryway or mudroom.

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 12.55.11 PM Photo: West Elm

This Mid-Century Storage Bench from West Elm is currently on sale for $424, marked down from $499. It is crafted from solid wood and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes responsible management of forestry. The bench features two sliding drawers and a crosshatch fabric cushion. Measuring 46.5” wide, 16.25” deep and 23.4” high, it can be purchased from West Elm online or through the catalog.

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