Dining benches are the kind of things a lot of people can take or leave, and when you see one in someone’s living room it’s hard not to draw conclusions:</br></br>- These people have kids.</br>- This is going to be an awkward dinner.</br>- That thing belongs outside.</br></br>Well, talk about a cynical point of view! Surely there are some good things about dining benches? Why, of course there are …</br></br><strong>Cost Efficiency</strong></br></br>In many cases, a <a title="Dining Table Benches" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/kitchen-dining-furniture/dining-benches/" target="_blank">dining table bench</a> is going to amount to buying two or three dining chairs for the price of one. Sure, there are elaborate dining benches, but ostentatious luxury is rarely the goal when you’re in the market for a bench. After all, it's a <em>bench</em>.</br></br><strong>Versatility</strong></br></br>Dining benches provide options, whereas chairs can be limiting. In most cases, one chair = one seat. Not so for benches, although a bench will accommodate one person if that’s all the seating you need. Knowing you always have an extra seat can be comforting. Ah, and speaking of comfort …</br></br><strong>Comfort</strong></br></br>It may be that only devout churchgoers and second-string athletes have found occasion to consider the comfort of benches, but designers have made great efforts to appease the less stalwart among us.</br></br>More simply put, plenty of dining benches now feature <a title="Cushioned Dining Benches" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/kitchen-dining-furniture/dining-benches/design-features/cushioned/" target="_blank">cushions</a> and <a title="Dining Benches with Backs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/kitchen-dining-furniture/dining-benches/back/with-back/" target="_blank">backrests</a>, which leave us with fewer excuses to not give them a try.</br></br><strong>Fun</strong></br></br>It’s like having a picnic – inside! Really, for anyone who’s still got a glimmer of childlike glee, a bench is an invitation to relax. It’s informal by default, which can help set a tone that’s more familial and far less stuffy.</br></br>Of course, childlike glee doesn’t come easy to some people, but if you like to save money, sit comfortably and have fun while you do it, benches for dining tables may be a great way for you to expand your seating options.