What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you envision your ideal dining room? If you answered “A dining table and a matching set of chairs,” then you would be in the majority who favour formal dining rooms. While there is nothing wrong with that as a preference, a new option has now arisen from the depths of the more eclectic side of interior decorating – the dining bench. There are two types of dining benches – the mobile version which is generally smaller and lighter, and the non-mobile version, commonly referred to as banquette seats, which is generally bigger as more carpentry work is involved. With its ability to not only breathe life into a dining room but to also help you save space, will this new contender give the tried and tested dining chairs a run for their money? Here are some of the pros and cons of dining chairs vs. dining benches.