There ’ s something particularly welcoming about a seating area in your hallway or entrance hall . Offering a moment of relaxation , or , more likely , an easier option for taking off shoes after a long day ; it can provide both a mental and physical ‘ breaker ’ moment from the outside world and your living space . Importantly , it can also be a practical addition ; somewhere to store boots and shoes , dog walking paraphernalia , or simply as a statement piece , although there ’ s no denying its benefits in terms of practicality . The Elkstone Oak Monk ’ s bench – with its beautiful natural oak knots and grains - is a solid solution to decluttering and creating that all-important first impression . It sits on a set of beautifully designed , low-level turned feet and has the subtle , panelled backrest too . Add cushions to this classic item for additional comfort and smarten any hallway , while providing a clever storage solution too .