If you remember way back to when telephones weighed a ton and were tethered to the wall, then you may also remember the gossip bench. A furniture hybrid, combining a side table with seating, the sensible yet stylish gossip bench arose naturally from two simple needs. First, average families needed a central location to store what usually would have been the only phone in the home. Second—well, if you’re going to be talking on the phone, wouldn’t you rather sit than stand?
Of course, the original purpose of the gossip bench doesn’t apply in today’s cellular world—but its compact convenience most certainly does. In a small foyer or entry hall, a storage-and-seating two-for-one can be a space-saving god’s send. Available at Wayfair; $155.99.