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Benches have got to be one of the most versatile and useful pieces of small-scale furniture. From a place to take a seat, or perch your feet, or even set down a drink, benches are great for any space, and almost always play double-duty. In some cases, they may require a tray to level out an upholstered top, but this can just add to the look!

One bench style I’ve been seeing over and over again, but that is different each time, is the x-bench. Its simple shape allows it to work in all sorts of interiors by just changing out the finish or fabric.

My colleague Morgan Michener made these gorgeous x-benches for a DIY project in the September 2010 issue. She found two matching x-base side tables, spray-painted them, and then added an upholstered seat. She showed the pair tucked under a side table, which is a great trick. They look amazing as a vignette, but also function as easily accessible extra seating when needed.

This is an x-bench is by Jonathan Adler. I love how the entire piece has been upholstered in vivid green velvet. I could see this in just about any room, but would love to use a pair at the foot of a bed in a hype transitional style room.

Another x-bench by Jonathan Adler, but this one is in polished nickel and white leather for a more glamorous look. I’d like to see this as an ottoman in a chic living room, piled high with fashion books and pretty objects.

Here's another great find from CB2. The black and white combo is a shoe-in for me, and I love the updated campaign style of it. I’m planning to use this little guy in the front hall of my own place.

For a more natural look, featuring the same lines, this seagrass wrapped x-bench from Pottery Barn is a stunner. (The $99 price can’t be beat either!) I could see this as a side table next to a bed, or as extra seating in a sweet little cottage.

No matter what look you’re after, there's an x-bench out there to fit right in. And if you ever grow tired of it in one space, drag it into another room in your home and give it a whole new purpose!

To see x-benches at work, view this Luxurious Home Tour.

Photo credits:
1. House & Home September 2010 issue, photography by Kim Jeffery
2. X-Bench, Jonathan Adler
3. Rider Bench, Jonathan Adler
4. Axel Two-Tone Stool, CB2
5. Seagrass Stool, Pottery Barn

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