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Nelson Platform Bench, 48" Wide by Herman Miller

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(within the Contiguous United States)

Packaging:

  • Type: 1 box
  • Box dimensions: 53" x 22" x 6"
  • Packaged weight: 34.5 lbs.
  • Assembly required: Some assembly required

For additional information, please see our shipping and delivery policies page.

Herman Miller Nelson 48" Wide Platform Bench
designed by George Nelson


Eames Platform Bench At A Glance:
Introduced in 1946, the Nelson platform bench was part of George Nelson's first collection for Herman Miller and still stands as a benchmark of modern design. Like much of Nelson's work, the platform bench has clean, rectilinear lines, reflecting his architectural background and his insistence on what he calls "honest" design - that is, making an honest visual statement about an object's purpose.

As presented in the 1948 Herman Miller furniture catalog, the platform bench "is primarily a high base for deep and shallow cases, but it also serves as a low table for extra seating." The 1955 catalog states that the bench "has proved to be one of the most flexible and useful units in the collection." The bench was reintroduced in 1994.

Also available in 60" and 72" versions to better fit your space.

Check out the Platform Bench 24" Cushion and Platform Bench 36" Cushion to add cushy comfort to the bench.

What's To Like:
The Platform Bench is a multiple-use piece of furniture. Use it as: a place for your guests to sit and take off their shoes; a coffee table; a display base for artwork, plants, and nick-knacks; or as a bench for a waiting area or your office. The beauty of this design is that it will, without a doubt, look good in any of those settings.

What's Not to Like:
You won't want to sit on this bench for long - it's hard and slatted. Designed that way by George Nelson to keep uninvited visitors from lingering in his office for too long, the bench can be made comfortable by the addition of one of the Platform Bench cushions mentioned above.

The Bottom Line:
This multipurpose bench, with its simple and functional lines, has become a collector's item. Used in all kinds of different settings for different purposes - or just to be a nice thing to look at, the Nelson Platform Bench is a classic example of mid-century modern's unique perspective of objects and how they relate to people. It's the perfect way to add seating and art to your home at the same time.

Details:

  • Overall: 14" h x 48" w x 18.5" d
  • Supports up to 300 pounds evenly distributed
  • Crafted from solid maple for strength
  • Slats are spaced to let air and light through
  • Seat is finished with a clear-coat lacquer
  • Choose from Ebonized Wood or Chrome base
  • Wood base legs are finger-jointed for superior strength
  • Legs have metal leveling glides

The Herman Miller Nelson Platform Bench is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: PB, PB.48W, PB.60W, PB.72W, PB.48M, PB.60M, PB.72M.

Materials & Measurements

Nelson Platform Bench DimensionsMaterials:
Slatted, clear-coated solid maple bench and ebonized maple or chromed metal base with metal leveling glides.

Dimensions:
Overall: 14" h x 48" w x 18.5" d

Assembly Instructions

About The Manufacturer


Herman Miller Authorized Retailer

Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.

In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.

Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

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Designer

George NelsonGeorge Nelson
When writing about the course of his remarkable 50-year career, George Nelson described a series of creative "zaps"--moments of out-of-the-blue inspiration "when the solitary individual finds he is connected with a reality he never dreamed of." It was these zaps that would lead to the creation of some of the most original furniture designs of the 20th century- including the Coconut Chair and the Platform Bench.

An early zap came in the 1930s, when he was an architectural student in Rome. Before returning home, an idea struck him: He would travel Europe and interview leading modern architects, hoping to get the articles published in the U.S. He succeeded, and in the process introduced the U.S. design community to the European avant-garde. This set in motion a sequence of what he called "lucky" career breaks that were really the inevitable outcomes of his brilliance as a designer, teacher, and author.


REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (11)

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    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small rooms (4)
    • I Am A:
    • Single male (3)

Reviewed by 13 customers

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4.0

Simple and so pretty

By 

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

Beautiful look. The quality of construction is excellent. The wood of the base is a little delicate and easy to scratch, so be careful.

 
5.0

Beautiful as bench or table!

By 

from San Francisco

Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

Love love love this bench! I waited almost a year before purchasing from Smart Furniture. The classic design of the bench is a winner. Not only is it eye-catching but also durable.

Service and delivery comments:

So happy to have found Smart Furniture to purchase my bench from. Very responsive customer service. The online chat was easy and quick to use!

 
5.0

Classic Design

By 

from Hillsboro, OR

Verified Buyer

Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

This bench is a classic design for a reason. It is built very well and the clean lines of the bench match many decor styles. The bench is a perfect match for my room and will be treasured for many years.

 
5.0

Classic and Quality

By 

from Hillsboro, OR

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

This product exudes quality the moment you get it out of the box. I bought the version with the metal legs, so it required quick, easy assembly of two screws to attach the legs. The design of this bench is timeless and will fit into many design styles.

 
5.0

A Classic Design

By 

from Hillsboro, OR

Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

This bench is a design classic for a reason. The design is very high quality and the design is timeless. Although not terribly comfortable, this bench will fit into many design styles and will hold up to many years of use.

 
5.0

Nice coffee table / bench

By 

from Rochester, NY

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

I use it as a coffee table and to put my feet up on. It is easy to move around and I think the 48 is the perfect size to use as a coffee table. I think I will enjoy this for many years!

Perfectionist stuff:
The joints are not 100% perfect some gaps on the underside. There was fine sawdust in between the slats on the vertical wood face. The inside vertical wood faces are not finished with lacquer, only the top/bottom surface and outside faces are.

 
5.0

Beautiful Bench

By 

from Asheville, NC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

I have been eyeing this bench for years and have wanted to have one. I finally decided to take advantage of the sale and go for it. I am so glad I did. It is so well made. And it is perfect for my entryway. I couldn't be happier. If you are thinking about purchasing this I would say go ahead, you will not regret it.

 
5.0

Beautiful mid-century design

By 

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

What's there to say about the Nelson bench? It's the original, and it looks great in pretty much any room. The maple is blemish-free and looks like it will hold up for generations. One piece of advice, though -- be careful not to sit at the very edge of the bench, as it has a tendency to tip over. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with my purchase!

Service and delivery comments:

Delivered on-time and in perfect condition.

 
4.0

Simple and well made

By 

from Chicago, Il

About Me High-end Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Rooms

    Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

    Well made, attractive, minimalist bench. Great as a bench for a larger entryway or in a small room. The only downside I see is that its picky about the decor around it. Depending upon what's around it, it can look great or just look average.

    • I Am A:
    • Single Male
     
    5.0

    Love the simplicity of this bench!

    By 

    from Virginia

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Medium Rooms
      • Small Rooms

      Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

      This bench looks great in my bedroom under the windows! I love that this bench can be used in the bedroom, in the entryway, the hallway, or even as a coffee table in the living room.

       
      5.0

      Get it now!!!

      By 

      from Walnut, CA

      About Me High-end Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Rooms

        Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

        Great and timeless design multipurpose
        fits anywhere in your house

        • I Am A:
        • Single Male
         
        5.0

        Classic mid-century modern design

        By 

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Budget Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Easy to Assemble
        • Easy to clean
        • Easy to move
        • Multifunctional

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Coffee table

          Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

          I am very satisfied with my purchase. The Nelson Bench makes a big statement in my living room as a coffee table. I find myself staring at it from time to time. What an amazing work of art.

          Service and delivery comments:

          My item arrived on time and in great condition.

          • I Am A:
          • Single Male
           
          5.0

          Great purchase that arrived quickly.

          By 

          from Marana, AZ

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Comfortable
          • Ergonomic

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Rooms
            • Medium Rooms
            • Small Rooms

            Comments about Herman Miller® Nelson® Platform Bench, 48in Wide:

            Free shipping/no tax made this purchase a no brainer.

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            • Couple No Kids

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            Shipping & Delivery

            Standard Shipping Service:

            Free UPS Ground Delivery! The item will delivered to your door with no signature requirement unless the weather is bad or the driver has concerns about the safety of the package. If you need to make changes after your order has shipped, we encourage you to sign up for Ups My Choice (it’s free) or give us a call at 888-762-7841 so that we can help you.

            (within the Contiguous United States)

            Packaging:

            • Type: 1 box
            • Box dimensions: 53" x 22" x 6"
            • Packaged weight: 34.5 lbs.
            • Assembly required: Some assembly required

            For additional information, please see our shipping and delivery policies page.


            Product Q&A


            Warranty

            The Nelson Platform Bench comes with a 5-year manufacturer's warranty.

            Do you have specific questions about what's covered under Herman Miller's warranty for this product? Give our sales team a call at 8‌88-467-6278 to get your questions answered.

            Did you purchase a piece of Herman Miller furniture that's not working as expected? Send an email to customerservice@smartfurniture.com or contact our customer service department at 8‌88-762-7841, and we'll take care of you. We usually ask for a photo or video of the warranty issue that you're experiencing, so if you want to expedite the warranty claim process, you can e-mail us with those attachments, and we'll jump on filing the claim for you right away