Opinions on mud room bench width?

minneapolisiteMay 18, 2012

Approximately how wide does a bench need to be for two people to comfortably put on / remove shoes simultaneously?

I'm assuming the number is different if the bench is walled in vs having open space on either side.

(I'm still hacking away at my floor plan and want to make sure I don't hack TOO MUCH off the bench widths.) :)

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In my experience, and this is just in my house--in the 6 yrs that we have had this house, it is a constant battle to keep the benches cleaned off enough for anyone to sit on. I don't plan to put this feature in my next house. One less place for clutter to collect.

I have 3 cubbies/open lockers. Each cubby is 20" deep and 24" wide. More than adequate for adults or children.

It sounds like you're getting there.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 11:40AM
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Thanks @red! Sounds like your bench is 6 feet wide? If it were clean (haha) how many people could realistically put their shoes on at the same time? :)

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 12:14PM
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A commonly used width for space for a seated person is 24". Whether or not the ends are closed in this is still a pretty good estimate - seating two people side by side, even on a standalone bench starts feeling tight if you go down below 42" (or 21" per person).

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 2:06PM
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Yes. But, most people when sitting, are sitting still with feet on the floor. Not the case, when putting on shoes. I'd add another 6" to each adjacent seat. If you only need 2 people at one time, 60" ought to be plenty. If there will be 3 benches, and 3 all at once, then maybe only 84" (I would think the space might get used like urinals---rarely 2 side-by-side unless alternating ones are full...)

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 2:13PM
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