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Need a place to sit in your garden? Find the perfect bench like this modern finished-metal 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, of place it beneath its own private arbor, scented with flowers growing overhead.

Outdoor Bench Styles

You can build a 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 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 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 quality. In this type 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.
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 bench, and choose to color it, use a high quality stain and sealant as opposed to paint, 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 bench adds peace and tranquility; a place to spend some quiet time relaxing in your garden.
a natural wood 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 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 summer time.

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 you 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 bench.

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  1. Marge
    January 15, 2009

    We bought an outdoor redwood bench from http://www.oldgrowthagain.org. We placed it under a big tree in our garden. It has in the garden for over 2 years now and it’s still durable. Agree that in buying a garden bench one should choose a bench that can last for years.

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  2. Randy
    May 7, 2009

    Hi,

    Great article! I’m a concrete artist that recently teamed up with a wood worker to make garden benches. We make benches that are truly unique. Take a look at our latest pieces.

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