Whether you’re looking for a secluded spot to hide away in your garden for a moment of relaxation or just extra seating for your patio, a garden patio bench is exactly what you need. This multi-purpose furniture piece is both timeless and classic, and can easily fit any décor. So if you need furniture that can serve multiple needs and act as a wonderful accent to your outdoor space, consider the purchase of a bench for your garden or patio.
Benches are great for seating multiple guests. However, another great benefit is that it can provide comfortable, roomy seating for larger guests where many patio chairs may be too binding to be comfortable. Garden benches traditionally come in six foot lengths. However, you can also find settees or loveseats that are four feet long.
A garden bench can also make a great addition to patio furniture you already own. Benches come in a variety of materials including plastic, wood and metal that make it easy to find just the right bench to fit your patio style.
One outstanding benefit of having a bench for your garden is that it will keep looking great without a lot of hard work on your part. Benches were designed to withstand harsh weather like cold, rain, and snow, as well as the daily abuse from friends, kids and even the family dog. Maintenance is as simple as washing off dirt with soap and a wet cloth. Also, once a year use a protective stain sealant for your wood benches or wax polish for a metal one. These simple steps will keep your garden patio bench looking great for years to come.
Since storage space in most homes is generally in short supply, the availability of a patio bench with built-in storage space is a welcome option. These benches offer the homeowner an easy way to reduce clutter and still keep needed supplies within easy reach.
So, you’ve decided to buy a patio bench. Let’s go shopping! Selecting a bench with a curved seat will be more comfortable when sitting for long stretches at a time. You also want to choose a bench with a backrest that will provide good back support. Selecting a bench with a backrest that is close to your shoulder height will work best. The armrests are also important, so make sure you are comfortable by selecting a bench that allows your arms to rest at a 90 degree angle.
Other things you should consider as you purchase and install your patio bench include:
If you plan to use your wooden benches a lot, consider getting one with close fitting slats which is much more comfortable than styles featuring wide gaps.
Metal and concrete benches are cold to sit on during the cooler months.
In the same manner, metal benches will be very hot during the summer if it is placed directly in the sunlight.
Consider your bench location carefully. If the bench is placed where the sprinkler can get to it you will end up with daily puddles on the seat.
Make sure the bench you plan to purchase doesn’t have any exposed splinters or screws.
Benches have been overlooked in recent years due to the new popularity of flashy patio furniture. Yet a durable and attractive garden patio bench provides roomy comfortable seating. Your bench can also be used as a decorative piece accenting your garden or landscaping.
The garden bench can be the center of your active family patio or the secluded garden oasis where you retreat for quiet reflection. No matter what your outdoor seating needs are, the garden bench can be a valuable asset and certainly one you should consider. With just minimal maintenance efforts, your bench will be a point of enjoyment for you and your family for a long, long time.