How to choose the best garden bench and garden seat
From minimalist slabs to elegant wrought iron garden benches, garden designer Andrew Wilson talks us through the options for garden benches and gardens seats
For all the joys of gardens and gardening, there are some blessed moments when one sits on a garden bench to breathe in the glories of the place or to take satisfaction from hard work well done. A seat or a garden bench provides not just the functional response to this moment but a positive contribution to the garden as a focal point, destination or incidental pleasure.
Garden benches as focal points
Locations for garden benches
Garden benches in small spaces
A coherent look
KEY POINTS TO TAKE AWAY
- Garden seats should be around 45cm above ground level to produce a comfortable sitting height. Allow 45cm as a minimum for the seat depth if the seat includes a back support.
- Garden benches without a back support can be much wider as they tend to be used more as sitting plinths or for lounging. The height of the plinth should be the same (45cm) but the width of the seat could be almost any dimension; between 1m and 1.2m would make for a generous feature.
- Timber garden benches are weighty pieces of furniture that are often best left in place once sited. Garden benches like this should be positioned on to a paved surface as regular moving can damage the carpentry, not to mention strain your back. Aluminium or fibreglass may provide much lighter-weight alternatives.
- Cantilevered garden benches and seats rely on steel supports for their apparent lightness. The steel work needs to be contained within walls and foundations that are then obscured by surface finishes and paving.
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