When you think of it, you often see it when you take the kids or the dog to the park. It’s there, always offering you a place of refuge for when you’re tired of playing soccer with your son or chasing after your energetic two-year old. Yes, it’s the good old picnic bench. Whether you’re snacking or reading the paper or quietly feeding the pigeons, the picnic bench has always been one of the most familiar objects in a park.
Bringing that familiar object in your own garden or patio can make a huge difference. It provides a focal point, perhaps the missing piece to your incomplete garden setup. It’s an added seating for parties and it’s also a place to just sit and be immersed with nature. When purchasing a picnic bench, there are some points to consider, aside from its style.
Teak - A rich, golden honey colored hardwood that turns into a silvery gray when left untreated. This is, by far, the most popular material for outdoor furniture. It’s durable and the natural color can be maintained but the silvery gray weathered look is also beautiful.
Cedar - A softwood that is pale yellow or cream in color. Needs to be maintained through sanding and finishing.
Pine - A type of softwood that is less durable than cedar and teak. It is lightweight and pale. The pale color allows it come in a variety of paint finishes ranging from subdued colors to a brighter one.
When choosing the material for your picnic bench, look for certified woods or benches made of woods that are labeled
Designing with a Picnic Bench
While the picnic bench may seem so simple, what with its rectangular and boxy shape, you’d be surprised to see how much it can add to your outdoor area’s design.
With planters - Make your picnic bench inviting by placing planters on either end. It adds freshness and greenery and makes your bench more lively.
Within your garden - When your garden is graced with a beautiful landscape or a view, you don’t need to do anything else but place a garden in the middle of it. Add gravel or stones so that water won’t collect and damage your bench. Create an oasis by adding in a shaded arch.
Around or underneath a tree - Placing a bench underneath a tree creates the perfect place of relaxation, solitude and meditation.
If you have purposes other than as a focal point, just use your picnic benches as you would an ordinary chair and create a smart layout for parties and get-togethers.
Picking a picnic bench for your outdoor area
Size - When it comes to size, you don’t just consider the size of a picnic bench. You also have to measure the size of the space you’re planning to put the bench in. Taking the measurements of your space to a store will help you find the right size of the bench.
Color - Color of your picnic bench will matter greatly on the material used. Most wood finishes are either natural, finished, or pre-weathered. Some like those made of pine wood may be in paint finish. Natural wood goes best with anything but you might also want to make a statement with bright hued picnic benches.
Comfort - If the picnic bench is going to be used a lot for parties, then comfort is a must. Choosing benches with backrests and armrests will make its users feel comfortable.
Picnic benches add more than functionality. It comes in a wide array of materials and finishes that can blend with any outdoor area design. It can make your outdoor experience more comfortable. With the guide above, you can land a high quality picnic bench that you’ll be able to enjoy for many years.