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Whether you call it a vintage vanity bench or a vintage vanity chair, pretty perches originally meant to sidle up to vanity desk are a surefire way to add character to any space—whether used with a vanity or not! Employ a vanity bench stool as an entryway ace—a place to drop your bag, a sack of groceries, or the daily mail haul—or position one at the end of a twin bed to add a precious (and functional!) touch to a child’s bedroom. We also love the look of a bathroom vanity bench bellied up to a free-standing tub. It’s the perfect palace to perch bath accessories, a candle, or even a stack of magazines.

For a romantic bedroom or bathroom, consider a French-style vanity bench stool. The earliest vintage French vanity chairs typically have short backs, lending them the appearance of a miniature chair. Most feature exposed wood frames and upholstered seats which can be popped off and customized with any fabric you like. Look for special details like caning, cabriole legs, or swivel mechanisms to land a truly personalized seat. Other common traditional vanity bench styles include Chippendale upholstered vanity benches. Usually showcasing a slightly elongated bench seat, camelback, and straight, perpendicular legs, Chippendale vanity benches are ideal for both classical and neo-traditionalist interiors alike.

More contemporary abodes may want to consider Regency-style vanity bench stools. Regency vanity benches usually come equipped with arms on either side. Typically, these arms are rolled, but they can also be perpendicular or very elaborate in style, for instance: shield-shaped, similar to the back of a Hepplewhite chair. Vanity bench stools trended during the 1940s and 50s as Hollywood Regency style gained popularity. A common vanity bench stool design from this era features gilt or iron construction, rolled arms, and a curved, x-leg-style base that mimics the curvature of the bench’s arms. Many of these designs include removal seat cushions, as well as metal-sculpted rope and tassel accents.

Postmodern vanity benches made of acrylic or lacquer are ideal for modernist interiors. In the 1960s, 70s, and 80s waterfall-style benches topped with square padded seat cushions were all the rage. Many of these designs feature castors, making them ideal for use in areas where you need movable seating, such as an office, bedroom, or bath. Pair one with a sheepskin throw rug to usher in an authentically mod mood.