Gardening can be relaxing for the mind – but it’s often tough on the knees. Potting, weeding and other tasks involving working close to the ground put a lot of strain on your joints, so it’s a good idea to use a garden kneeler.
With a soft filling and weather-resistant exterior, this handy outdoor cushion is designed to take the pressure off when you’re kneeling in the garden. Some also have other useful functions, and can be flipped upside down to become a stool or storage box.
While most garden kneelers are specifically designed for outdoor tasks, they’re versatile and can also come in handy for a huge variety of other jobs. Many people use them to stay comfortable during everything from house renovations to festivals and sports events.
We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best garden kneelers available right now, from cushions to multi-purpose stools with grippy handles. Keep reading to find our top picks.
Best garden kneelers
Celina Digby Luxury Garden Kneeler
Celina Digby makes beautiful garden kneelers and cushions in a selection of detailed prints. These ones have a useful carry handle and double-sided design. And while the cover is water- and stain-resistant, you can also remove it and clean it in the washing machine.
Denim Garden Kneeler
This garden kneeler has a handy in-built storage pouch to keep small tools and seed packets safe until you’re ready to use them. It’s made from dark-washed denim with an attractive faux leather trim, and there are several add-ons you can buy to go along with it.
Buy the kneeler from Not On The High Street to personalise it with your chosen initials. Or order it through Etsy if you want to add gloves, a bag or an apron, or a selection of copper hand tools to your basket.
Draper Kneeler and Seat
If you want more from your garden kneeler, try this multi-functional option. It has integrated hand grips to help you get into position, and you can upturn it and use it as a seat, as it can hold up to 14 stone. Plus, there’s a useful storage compartment at the top.
Constructed with heavy-duty plastic and rubber, this garden kneeler is perfect for use on rainy days when the ground is wet and muddy. Just wipe off the dirt when you’re done.
Garden Kneeler Seat and Tool Set
- Buy now from Vonhaus (£21.99)
The two-in-one garden kneeler and seat is a popular design, with an in-built chair and support handles.
Vonhaus sells this sturdy version, made from powder-coated steel and foam pads on either side of the seat. The spring release mechanism makes it easy to pop up the kneeler and fold it back down again. You’ll also find a trowel, fork, rake and storage bag included in your package.
Garden Trading Canvas Garden Kneeler
Durable yet attractive, this garden kneeler is constructed with waterproof canvas and finished with a faux suede backing and handle. With khaki and brown colouring, it’s smart enough to leave out on the lawn, but the handle makes it easy to carry and store when you’re done for the day.
Kneelo Knee Pads
For maximum convenience, try knee pads as opposed to cushions or multi-purpose stools you have to carry around with you. These pads have a memory foam core and waterproof lining, as well as adjustable Velcro straps to keep them in place throughout the day.
National Trust Nymans Foliage Gardening Kneeler
- Buy now from The National Trust (£20)
The National Trust sells a range of gardening and homeware items inspired by the English gardens at Nymans, one of its sites in West Sussex. This memory foam kneeler is made from nylon and neoprene, and features a vivid pattern created by the brand’s in-house designers.
RHS Burgon & Ball Flora & Fauna Kneelo Kneeler
Like the National Trust, the Royal Horticultural Society takes inspiration from its own sites for its garden kneeler. This striking one evokes the Chinese watercolours and hand-coloured, 19th century engravings found at the RHS Lindley Library in London. It comes with memory foam inside and a useful slot for carrying and hanging it up.
Sicilian Lemon Kneeler Pillow
Nodding to the sunny climes of the Mediterranean, the pattern on this cheerful garden kneeler features vibrant Sicilian lemons. But despite its charming print, the cushion is also highly practical, as it has a soft foam inner and two useful carry handles, which make it easy to transport.
If you’re in need of some new gardening gloves, why not get the matching pair?
Strata Padded Garden Kneeler, Seat and Tool Storage
Another multi-purpose garden kneeler is this sturdy, polypropylene option from Strata. If you use it to cushion your knees, the legs function as useful supports to help you stand up and crouch down. But upturn it to use as a chair and you can store your tools in the handy slots either side or the seat.
Tweedmill Garden Kneeler
For a premium garden kneeler with plush cushioning, go for this smart option. It combines attractive design with practicality, as it’s filled with recycled fabric and finished with a tweed upper and waterproof backing. There’s also a convenient carry handle, which you can use to hang it up at the end of the day.