Obviously you can meditate anywhere in your home or outdoors, but there are some distinct advantages to having a meditation bench for yourself. One is that many people are often more mentally and emotionally prepared for an activity when there is a designated spot for that activity. If you have a treadmill you're more likely to exercise regularly, and if you have a spacious and comfortable dining room, you're more likely to sit down and eat as a family.
The same can be said with a meditation bench; if you have one in your home that is set aside just for meditation and nothing else, you'll be more likely to engage in this activity. Being able to set it up in a place in your home where you'll have fewer distractions and where you'll be most comfortable will help you to clear your mind and your heart, and this will lead to more effective meditation overall. A good meditation bench can also relax the body while still keeping it poised and upright, something that's important for anyone that's serious about meditating.
Choosing the right meditation bench will be important for you to use it properly and to use it often. If it's uncomfortable of course this will be distracting. If it doesn't fit well in your home you may be tempted to put it in a closet and then it never gets used at all. Because a meditation bench is meant to be comfortable but not so much that you fall asleep, you need to consider the materials and the construction.
Typically a meditation bench is a little wider than a chair but not as wide as other benches in your home and elsewhere. It's also not meant to be very deep as this might cause a person to simply collapse onto it, allowing them to fall asleep. Before you purchase a meditation bench, consider where it will be kept in the home and take some measurements. You can put it up against a wall but remember you don't want to lean back and then allow your posture to get compromised.
The style you choose will typically rely on the style of your home and which type of wood and design will fit with other furniture in the home. Beech may be a bit modern whereas cherry wood will have a more traditional feeling. Curved benches and thicker legs may add an Asian touch, but you can also find a meditation bench with more traditional styling and plain, simple designs.
Consider also a meditation bench that folds if you do not have a place in the home where you can put it permanently. This means you can slide it under a bed or put it in a closet when not in use. Just be sure you don't put it away and forget about it! That meditation bench can help you to clear your mind and your heart, but only if you use it regularly.