First things first: If you're reading this going, "Huh? What's a telephone bench?" Well, here's what you need to know. Telephone benches (AKA gossip benches) are basically a chair or small bench with a table attached on one side, where people used to put their phones long before cell phones were a thing. Telephone benches have been around since the late 19th century — becoming especially popular in the 1930s and through the 1950s — and were designed to be put in your hallway as a place where you could sit and chat on the phone.
That said, telephone benches are still around today despite the fact that no one uses landlines anymore, and they're a cool way to add a little vintage flair to your home — not to mention, some extra storage in your entryway. You might not have a phone to set on top of the table side, but it is a great spot to put art or fresh flowers. Since most of them have drawers, it's also a clever spot to stow small items. And the bench? I mean, can you think of a better spot to take off your shoes at the end of a long day?
If you're looking at your hall space thinking, "Something's missing," then I've got good news for you — the telephone bench is probably your answer, and I've rounded up some of the best ones you can find. (Oh, and a pro tip: If you want a gossip bench that's a little more of a throwback, there are tons of , too!)
The espresso finish on this bench is simple and beautiful, but it also comes in gray, black, white, and yellow, if you'd prefer a different color scheme.
If you're willing to spend more, you can get a custom-made telephone bench on Etsy — the pop of orange on that drawer handle is *chef's kiss*, TBH.
The clean white color is great for an airy feel, and the double drawers are perfect for stashing small knickknacks.
For something a little bigger and with more storage room, this storage bench with its large cubby is an interesting take on the traditional, mid-century style.
That warm acorn finish, though. 😍
Go not-quite-50-shades of gray with this telephone bench. Peep those metal accents on the legs.
For a more modern, sleeker take on the telephone bench, try this fun one.
Double drawers, gold accents on the legs ... What more could you ask for?
For extra storage space, try this updated take on the telephone bench ,with all of its drawers and cubbies. It's perfect for stashing your shoes, rather than letting them clutter up the entryway.
The blue-gray finish on this wooden telephone bench is an interesting (but still subtle) twist.