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Different Types of Garden Benches Explained


If you are like most homeowners, you have thought about adding a bench to your property.  In particular, concrete benches are artful additions to both backyards and front yards.  However, you probably don’t know what the difference is between concrete benches and other garden benches. 

Below, we provide a look at each type of garden bench to help homeowners choose the right one for their property.  In particular, it will help to pay close attention to the style and material when shopping for your new garden bench.  Even if you simply spend a couple minutes skimming through the newspaper or sipping your morning tea while seated at your garden bench in the morning, you will agree it really is the perfect new addition to your property.

Carefully Select the Right Backyard Garden Seating for You and Your Family

Gardens serve multiple purposes.  Some homeowners love growing vegetables, flowers and other plants.  Others enjoy the tranquility of backyard green spaces.  Some homeowners relish the opportunity to spend half an hour or so sitting on a garden bench while reading the newspaper and sipping coffee or tea.  In fact, some homeowners have several large concrete benches in or near backyard gardens, setting the stage for family members to socialize in a lovely outdoor green space. 

What matters most is that you choose the best garden seating for your particular desires and needs.  If you live alone and don’t socialize much, a small concrete bench strategically positioned in your garden will be acceptable.  Those who have large families and those who often invite others over for parties and other get-togethers should not hesitate to show off their backyard’s beauty with several sizable benches.  In the end, the type of garden bench you select should prove suitable for your specific needs and overarching plans for your garden in the years and decades ahead.

Homeowners who have a massive outdoor garden area can easily convert the space into a full open-air space complete with couches and even dining sets.  Position a couple concrete benches so they oppose one another and your friends, family and acquaintances will gravitate toward your home.  Visually striking garden benches made of concrete or other materials present the perfect opportunity to take in the beautiful surroundings, read a book, soak up some sun and enjoy a snack or beverage.

Types of Garden Benches

Take a look at the garden bench market and you will find there are plenty of options.  If you don’t have the proper level of understanding of each type of bench, you might end up with a bench you don’t find comfortable or one that squeaks or has other annoying flaws. 

In particular, the material used to construct the garden bench is especially important.  The right material bolsters the bench’s strength and durability.  Let’s take a look at some of the different types of concrete benches to help you select the perfect new outdoor seating for your unique property.

Concrete Garden Benches

Though concrete might not come to mind when thinking about the most comfortable material for a garden bench, this durable material has its merits.  Concrete is weather-resistant, visually pleasing, low-maintenance and has timeless appeal.  Take a look at the many different concrete garden bench designs and you are sure to find one that is perfect for your garden.  In fact, you can even personalize a concrete garden bench so it is uniquely tailored to your stylistic preferences as well as the subtleties of your property.  Have your concrete garden bench personalized and it really will shape your garden’s visual style and feel, providing much-appreciated sophistication and practicality

The style of your concrete bench is particularly important.  A straight concrete bench is practical and also makes quite the visual impact.  Curved benches make a garden feel that much more welcoming.  Curved benches have either curved backrests with straight armrests or artfully curved backrests and armrests.  There are even backless garden benches on the market that also function as tables.

Wooden Garden Benches

Check out the sales numbers for garden benches and you will find those of the wood variety are quite popular.  This all-natural, perfectly blended outdoor furniture will make your garden that much more appealing.  Wood benches blend in just right with gardens of all sizes.  Add in the fact that wood benches also jive with the rest of the outdoor surroundings and there is even more reason to add one to your backyard garden. 

Ideally, the wood garden bench you select will have center-cut heartwood.  The best wood benches are held together with high-quality zinc or stainless steel screws that facilitate tightening in the event that the bench loosens. 

The best types of wood for garden benches include cedar.  Cedar is quite costly yet it will prove visually pleasing as long as it is painted/sealed.  Otherwise, cedar or pine will gradually transition to a grey hue.  If the cedar wood bench is treated in a timely manner and properly maintained, it just might last a decade or longer.  Natural wood is another favored material for wood garden benches as it can withstand a beating and still look welcoming. 

Natural wood garden benches are also revered for their affordability.  The only downside to a natural wood garden bench is it might not endure harsh elements as well as other materials such as concrete.  If you live in an area where there is considerable precipitation, opt for a concrete bench and you won’t spend any time worrying about the impact of the elements.

Australian Jarrah and teak garden benches are also revered for their beauty and functionality.  Teak, a tropical tree, is used for a plethora of outdoor furniture.  Your teak garden bench has the potential to last upwards of half a century, even if subjected to harsh weather.  If you opt for a teak garden bench, polish it with oil at least once or twice each year to help maintain its gorgeous red/brown color.  Australian Jarrah also has a red hue.  This variety of concrete bench is durable, stylish and quite inviting.

Metal Benches

Metal garden benches have unique designs that add that extra visual beauty to your backyard green space.  As an example, a cast aluminum bench is visually elegant and quite durable.  An extruded aluminum bench will prove lightweight, making it that much easier to move it to a new space in the garden.  Ornate iron benches are particularly resilient and beautify, resembling furniture from the Victorian era.