Make this a mudroom by substituting a long entry table with a beautiful tablescape on the right side, with a shelf on bottom for shoes and a shelf above for wicker baskets of stuff you need when leaving the house. You could also add boot trays under the bench for additional shoes.
Very cool built in bench...makes a handy nook to put on shoes, etc. The seat is attached by heavy chains to the walls - so it can be put up and out of the way when you want to use the space for the tree - or want more room when needed for gatherings....great idea. The pad stays on the bench and room for it is allowed by the extensions from the wall.