After the last snow has fallen and the ice has finally melted, it’s nice to finally get out and start tending to your garden once again. Pulling out weeds, pruning dead trees and planting new seeds mark the start of gardening season once again and that can get tiring so you’ll need a place to sit down and take a break and observe the fruits of your labor. You might want to consider placing a bench in your garden, not just for resting but for those early mornings where you can just sit down and listen to sounds of nature while you sip your hot coffee. Here are some tips you might want to consider as you shop for the right garden bench.
The style of your garden bench should match your garden or landscape. You can either choose a bench that blends in with the scenery seamlessly or one that stands out as a focal point in your garden. Materials used contribute greatly to style. Wood, particularly cedar and teak, are popular materials for outdoor furniture, not only because of its rot-resistant properties, but also because it’s timeless and blends effortlessly with nature. After all, wood is a part of nature. If wood is not up to your liking, there are also modern plastic benches that require very little maintenance and is also tough as wood when it comes to battling with elements.
Semi-round or round benches look great when placed around the trunk of your favorite tree and it can be used for meditation. Concrete or marble benches look formal and elegant and is more fitting if you’re garden is uniformed and clean. Vintage looking benches like those that look like church pews or are sculptured can add an eclectic look to your garden.
More than style, comfort should always be a top priority. Most wooden benches are able to maintain a neutral temperature despite the weather being warm or cold. Consider backrests and armrests. If you’d like to use your garden bench for long periods of time, consider one with a backrest that reaches up to your shoulders which will comfortable support your back. Adding cushions might make using the bench more enjoyable. Armrests, especially when wider, can support arms when you’re holding something like a heavy book or a glass of water. Some benches come built-in with a small table for refreshments.
It’s also a good idea to measure up your outdoor space before purchasing a garden bench. You don’t want something too small or too big for your garden. There are two-seater or three-seater benches so also consider the people who’ll be using your bench.
Most hardwoods like cedar and teak weather to a fine silvery gray finish but nevertheless, it still manages to maintain most of its weatherproof properties. Plastic or resin benches require very little care. If you’d like to extend the life of your wooden garden bench, make sure to cover or store it during winter or rainy days. Wooden garden benches will need more maintenance than plastic benches. Sealing, sanding and oiling may go a long way to making sure that good quality wooden benches will last for a long time.
Finding a spot for your bench
While most garden bench materials are meant for outdoors, it’s better to take safety precautions and place it where there is minimal exposure to water or moisture. Avoid placing it near sprinklers or cover it if you must. Cover the ground with gravel or stone that won’t collect water. Most importantly, place it in an area where you love spending time the most, this could be an area with a view or just a shaded area with a gentle breeze.