Hi Barbara, I've seen lots of very cool benches made out of head and foot boards! Here's one of my favorites! https://www.addicted2decorating.com/simple-diy-headboard-bench-made-from-headboard-footboard.html
Check those ideas https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570268371558983556/
Convert to a bench using the headboard as the back, cut the foot board in half for the sides. Then add single seating or storage seating. There are a ton of projects if you think this would be an option for you.