MCM Knock-off Bench

Some of you noticed on our Instagram recently that I scored a new bench for the foot of my bed! It only took me 4 months of looking, but I finally pulled the trigger on this MCM knock-off bench and I could not be more excited. More like I’m obsessed, and I can’t wait to give you all the details.
bedroom_rug_pillows_benchLast time I checked in, I had just painted the space, added the headboard + rug + art and mentioned that I wasn’t in any rush to make an impulsive decision buying a bench for the foot of the bed. I didn’t want to just buy to buy because that usually leads to design regret.

So Much Searching

So I spent literally ALL summer with my eyes peeled. I looked at estate sales, garage sales, stalked Craigslist, pinned ideas on Pinterest for DIY options and always looked while I was out shopping for home decor.

I saw some potential options (and even took a few home to test out) but none were perfect for this space. The other options were either too bold, some were too big, some were the wrong color and some were out of my preferred price range.
mid-century-modern-bench-black-woodBut when I spotted this mid-century modern knock-off bench on CRAIGSLIST, I was immediately heart-eyed and knew it would be perfect for our bedroom.

Mid Century Modern Knock-Off Bench

I’ve seen these benches used as coffee tables around the blogosphere and always LOVED them but an authentic bench, originally made famous by designer George Nelson, will cost you about $1,000!! As much as I love the look of the real thing, $1,000 for a bench will never be in my price range. bedroom-mcm-bench-headboard-So you can imagine how over-the-top excited I was when I saw a replica of the bench on sale for $125 on Craigslist. But funny story actually. The Craigslist ad wasn’t posted by a random person trying to get rid of this bench, it was actually posted by a store in the suburbs of Chicago (random?!).

I swapped a few emails with the sales representative and then convinced Matt to come with me to check out the bench in their showroom. I had NO idea what I was getting into, but boy was I pleasantly surprised when I arrived.

Baxton Studio Furniture — who knew?!

The store front was in Lombard, IL (but there’s another one in Bensenville, IL) and it was Baxton Studio’s Furniture Outlet Store. If you’re not familiar, Baxton Studio is one of the top suppliers of furniture to sites like Amazon, Wayfair, Overstock, etc.

Like me, you may not recognize the name right away, but you would definitely recognize a lot of their pieces if you do any online browsing/buying.

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I got to see the bench in person and the quality was even better than I had hoped. I was sold!

Real Talk

But to be perfectly honest, a lot of the furniture in the place was super cool but wasn’t of the highest quality. They weren’t bad quality by any means, I just wouldn’t recommend going there if you are looking for SUPER sturdy, high quality, or long-lasting pieces.

BUT, this bench was one of the few pieces that was pretty darn sturdy. (Currently for sale on Overstock here)
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Because the Lombard storefront was only a “showroom”, Matt and I had to drive up to Bensenville to pick up the bench, which we didn’t mind because it was summer and we had nothing better to do that day.  When we got to Bensenville, we showed the staff our receipt from Lombard and they brought the bench out to our car.

Assembly Required

I had to attach the two legs with an allen wrench and some screws, but the assembly literally took me less than 10 minutes. Now I’m officially in LOVE with my bench. I can’t believe what an adventure that unexpected Craigslist ad brought me on… who knew Baxton Studio Furniture had an outlet so close to us and we had no idea?!

nautral-wood-mcm-bench-in-bedroomIf you’re in the Chicagoland area, it’s worth a look… especially if you want to check out the quality of something before buying it on Amazon, Wayfair, Overstock, etc. But, I wasn’t in love with the no return policy, so please keep that in mind!! Maybe sticking with the online stores where returning is an option would be a better choice.

For my fellow Chicagoans — have you been to this storefront?! Am I crazy for never hearing about this?! Have you had any luck purchasing something here? I’d love to hear your experience and/or tips.
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  • I’ve been and regularly recommend people to check it out. It’s not my favorite (if I’m outlet furniture shopping in the suburbs I’m at the Crate and Barrel outlet!), but I’ve had a lot of friends find pieces there! The Lombard show room is relatively new. You used to have to shop in the Bensenville warehouse. I wonder why they don’t advertise it more? It really is a great way to buy a statement piece at a low price point.

    • We had no idea it even existed! So happy to have found it though. And we agree..we’re more fond of Crate & Barrel outlet too.

  • shawnna griffin

    Hey girl the bench looks so cool! great find!

  • Kristen Ayotte

    I never knew this place existed! Would have been so helpful while I’ve been trying to furnish our new house. I love hitting up the Crate & Barrel outlet (it’s only a few minutes from me) and I go to the Pottery Barn outlet when I visit my parents in Michigan. 🙂 Your new bench looks great btw!

    • Right?! Where has it been hiding? We LOVE Crate & Barrel outlet but have never been to the PB outlet… we’ll definitely have to hit that up next time we are in Michigan. Thank you!!

  • Austin Schneider

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the new bench, especially how low it sits at the foot of the bed. Well worth the wait. Funny side note: I totally read the MCM in the title as “Man Crush Monday” for a second before I realized my mistake. Clearly I’ve been spending too much time on Instagram.

    • hahah literally laughing out loud. Maybe we do need to do a post about the real MCM. 🙂