Plus, a bench
is really practical. You can sit on it while putting your shoes on (if shoes are allowed in the house, that is...). You can store things in some of them, such as blankets, sweatshirts, socks, or food (well, only if you are a kid...). You can place pillows on it or sit and relax anytime.
A bed bench
is a good thing to invest in and something that can be moved at any time to another place in the house when you need extra seating.