Nelson Platform Bench


Designed by George Nelson



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Nelson Platform Bench

Nelson Platform Bench

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This 1946 design—part of George Nelson's first collection for Herman Miller—was a multitasker long before multitasking was common. It ably serves as a table, a base for his Basic Cabinet Series storage, or a seat. Features ebonized, finger-jointed wood legs.
Nelson Platform Bench


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Packaging Dimensions:
53" x 22" x 6"
Package Weight:
34.5 lbs.
Assembly Required:
Care and Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.


Wood & Veneer

This includes Herman Miller products finished with wood veneer or recut wood veneer, except the oiled Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Rosewood, Oiled Walnut, or Oiled Santos Palisander veneer unless specifically noted.

Normal Cleaning 
Dust regularly with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the directionof the wood grain.Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.

Once a month
Clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Twice a year
Apply a good quality furniture polish with a soft cloth. Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners or polishes. Also, do not use polishes containing waxes or abrasives, or polishes that are oil based.

Herman Miller veneers meet strict testing standards for resistance to wear, light, stains, water, and pressure. To reduce the risk of damage, take some precautions: Use coasters for glasses and mugs. If a glass top is added to the veneer surface, be sure it rests on felt pads. Don’t place a potted plant on a veneer surface unless it’s in a water-tight container or in a drip tray.Don’t let vinyl binders stay on a surface for very long. Use protective pads under equipment with “rubber” cushioning feet. Some chemical compounds used in the feet on office equipment, such as printers and monitor stands, may leave permanent stains or marks.

Minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches
Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.

Other Damage
Wood is susceptible to bruising and scratching from heavy office equipment, so we encourage a protective surface is placed underneath. Objects should be lifted instead of dragged across a surface. Protective pads should be used under items with a rough bottom, like pottery. Denting, caused by extreme pen pressure when writing, can also damage veneer. Use desk pads or some other protection where a lot of paperwork is done. Sunlight can damage veneer as well, so veneer surfaces should not be in direct sunlight. To help a surface age evenly, users can periodically move items on their desks so that the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of light over time. In addition to light, extremely high or low humidity is a damaging environmental factor. Herman Miller suggests maintaining a relative humidity of 35-65 percent.

Assembly Instructions
48" 60" 72"
Height 14" 14" 14"
Width 48" 60" 72"
Depth 18.5" 18.5" 18.5"


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April 7, 2020
Great bench.
February 20, 2020
5 months ago
Underpriced and a real bargain
Very under-priced and beautiful item. Should be at least 10x the listed price for this elegant furniture composed of glued wood.
August 31, 2019
The Nelson Platform Bench is a statement piece in my entry. It is also very comfortable to sit on and can be used as a table as well -- but I don't use it for either because it is much too beautiful and I don't want to damage it.
January 6, 2019
over 2 years ago
Work of art!
I could not feed my children for five months but at least they had a beautiful place to sit and starve.
January 2, 2019
Beautiful piece!
So simple and elegant. Easy to install and light enough so I can move around if needed!
October 15, 2018
1 year ago
Great, multipurpose, functional piece. Easy to assemble.
March 10, 2018
over 2 years ago

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Original or Reproduction?

Are there any labels or distinguishing marks on the Nelson Platform Bench? How can one spot an original versus a fake?
A shopper on Feb 11, 2012
Where is this bench made?

There's no indication of where any of your furniture is made, why?
A shopper on Mar 31, 2016
Best Answer: Zeeland, Michigan. I used to work in the factory where they are produced.
Was there ever an all black model or an all metal model?
A shopper on Sep 30, 2014
How much does the 5 ft bench weigh?
A shopper on Oct 21, 2012
Are the legs interchangeable?

If one has one style of legs can they get the metal and it fit?
A shopper on Apr 21, 2017
How much weight will this hold?

We are buying Nelson Platform benches with metal bases for a public space, and I have been asked how much weight a bench will hold.

Also, is it engineered so the bench won't tip or move if guests are seated on each end and one person stands up?

Thanks of your help!
A shopper on Mar 17, 2017
Can one get replacement glides for the metal base?

My rubber+metal glides to my Nelson Platform bench are warn.
A shopper on Apr 26, 2014