Never underestimate the power of a garden bench when it comes to your outdoor area. A bench is a great space-saving and multi-functional furniture you can incorporate into your styling and it comes in a variety of materials and finishes making it one of the most versatile outdoor piece you can get. At a glance, a bench may look casual and simple but it really offers more than just seating. Read on and find different ideas for your bench.
Do you like your view from your backyard that resembles the Waikiki beach or the Swiss Alps? Or maybe you have a view overlooking the skyline of New York City? If you’re one of the lucky few who has a view of the world in their very own backyards, sometimes all you’ll need is the perfect bench to complement that spectacle. Whether in a vast landscape or in the companion of blooming flowers, placing a bench right in the middle of your garden makes it seem you’re sitting in an old English or tropical garden when in actual, you’re just right at home in your own backyard.
Just like any outdoor furniture, benches come in a wide array of materials, finishes, and style. Match it up with your landscape or your home's architecture. Wrought iron benches are very Victorian in style. Wooden benches are always timeless and can either be in a weathered or natural finish. Benches with wagon wheels for arms and support evoke a rustic Western feel perfect for your succulents and drought -tolerant plants. Benches are not your typical box type furniture and can make a great addition to your landscape.
The ground or surface of your backyard plays a huge part on the type of bench you’re going to place on it. Stone pavers may make metal benches shaky and unsteady. On the other hand, a moist ground can damage wooden benches. The perfect surface material would be grassy lawns, smooth stone pathways or concrete. You can also create a gravel bed for your bench. Don’t forget to take measurements so you know whether to get a small or big bench.
Place a wooden bench underneath a lone tree in the middle of your backyard. This could be a place for quiet reading or reflection. It’s also a getaway from the scorching heat of the sun. Similarly, you can create a quiet and simple retreat by placing a bench in the middle of your backyard surrounded by tall trees and dense shrubs.
If you have an old, splintered, and cracked bench, don’t throw it away yet. Repurpose it and use it as a place to display your lovely succulents or terrarium gardens. The freshness of plants will give new life to an old and damaged bench that would have ended up in the trash.
If you have a limited space in your outdoor area, use built-in benches instead of free-standing ones. You can create one out of concrete or have one built that has storage underneath the seat. If you can’t have a built-in bench, plop your bench against the wall, take some basket bins and put it right underneath the bench for a chic and instant storage.
If you’re getting tired of corners and rectangles, use a circular or curved bench to break the linear set up in your backyard. Put a large planter in the middle of a circular bench or set it up around a bonfire.
Use a fade-proof or water-proof fabric and place cushions on your bench to soften it if you plan to use it for your backyard or garden parties. Sunbrella fabric is the most used outdoor fabric for weather-proof cushions and for a good reason.