How to Find the Right Garden Bench

Need a place to sit in your garden? Find the perfect bench like this modern finished-metal bench. A bench for your garden need not be new to be deserving of a place in your garden.

One which is well weathered and has aged gracefully over many years will add as much charm to your outdoor space as a new one, many times far more.

Give your garden some style and flair by positioning a bench under an archway or a trellis overgrown with flowers, or place it beneath its own private arbor, scented with flowers growing overhead.

Outdoor Bench Styles

You can build a garden bench yourself from concrete blocks or larger rocks or use expensive materials such as cedar or oak. While this will be more costly, it will also be extremely durable and long-lasting.

You can anchor your bench and create a nice focal point by placing it against a wall or under a trellis.

You might choose to build it with an enclosed storage area beneath the seat that will double as storage space for garden tools and smaller pots, potting soil, or seeds.

The rustic variety is also making a huge comeback. This can be accomplished easily by using half a fallen log or some second-hand stone slabs from a building demolishing.

Place a bench under a favorite tree, a super area to spend the afternoon on a lazy Sunday reading a book or sewing, and a quiet niche if you just feel like thinking.

If you choose to purchase a bench, go for the quality. In this type of furniture, the old adage that you get what you pay for is very true. If you can find it, opt-in for solid joinery, solid wood or metal, and brass or silicon fasteners.

Add a splash of color to your garden with a painted finish for your bench.

Garden Bench Colors

If you want to use a wooden garden bench and choose to color it, use a high-quality stain and sealant as opposed to painting, which will usually blister and peel when exposed to the elements for long periods of time.

A penetrating stain will not show these kinds of wear in the same short time span that paint will.

Even Footing for Your Bench

When you place the bench, make certain it has a secure footing. Place the legs directly on top of four flat stones or bricks which are firmly sitting on the ground.

A natural wood garden bench adds peace and tranquility, a place to spend some quiet time relaxing in your garden.

This will help to keep the bench level and also prevent the rotting of the legs if they are made of wood. The area directly in front of the bench will likely be heavily traveled if the bench receives a lot of sitters in the summertime.

With this in mind, place stone or concrete directly in front of it as well to prevent what might become a soupy watery spot in the yard during rainy times.

Don’t forget, no matter what your bench is made of, to purchase or make a simple cover for wintertime out of canvas or simply a tarp and some bungee cords to hold it tight. This will help to greatly increase the longevity of your garden bench.

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