Low chest used as a seat, with back formed by a hinged lid. A box settle is a type of furniture that originated in England during the medieval times. It is a combination of a storage box or chest and a bench or seat. Typically, the box settle features a hinged lid that can be opened to reveal a storage space for keeping various items. The bench portion of the furniture provides seating, and it is often equipped with cushions or upholstered for additional comfort. The box settle was commonly used in country homes and cottages as a space-saving and functional seating and storage solution.