Why Wood You?
Most traditional picnic benches are made out of treated wood. There are lots of benefits of timber. For a start , they have a natural feel that blends in with the garden , and they are sturdy and durable. Unlike plastic benches , they are unlikely to be moved by strong gusts of wind , and if you look after them well they should last for many years. This kind of garden furniture usually comes with one table and two to four benches. Typical sets are available in brown , green , or white with cheerful accent colours.
Plastic or metal?
Plastic picnic benches are a practical option if you need portability. If you have kids around regularly , opt for plastic as scratches and marks will be less visible than on timber. Plastic is also easier to wipe down. Metal and plastic picnic benches give a more contemporary look. Wooden benches create clean lines and geometric shapes and come in the traditional white , grey , or black. If your seat is going to live outside , then explore heavier metalwork options. But if space is a concern go with fold-up seaters that you can store in the shed or garage during winter. They're also a great camping accessory and can be taken with you on holiday to set up outside your caravan or tent. Most of our fold-up styles will easily fit in the boot of a car.
Keep Them Clean
Plastic picnic benches should be very easy to clean , as they can be wiped down with a cloth or washed with a hose , and they don't need any treatments or upkeep. Metal tables are usually coated with special lubricants to stop them from rusting , but they may rust over time if they repeatedly get wet. Wooden styles will need to have any moss buildup regularly treated and removed.
Location , Location , Location
Picnic benches often work best on a patio or in a yard , especially if they are made from heavy wood and metal , so that they don't get in the way of cutting the grass. It may be best to keep them in a shady spot so you can escape the midday sun , although plastic benches are lightweight enough to be moved in and out of the sun as you please. Many picnic benches can be kept outside all-year-round , but some others may need to be kept in a shed.
Picnic bench accessories
Perhaps the most popular picnic bench accessory is a parasol so that you can enjoy some shade. Most parasols are adjustable. Move them up and down and change the angle to block the sun. They're usually made from fabric so will need to be stored inside during wet or cold weather. Other picnic benches may also come with an inbuilt storage box or pockets , for organising cutlery , crockery , and glasses.
Got Green Fingers?
If you're trying to spruce up your garden or patio with a picnic table then it might be a good idea to invest in some other accessories too. A hanging basket , plant pot or ceramic planter can add style and colour to your outdoor space , and you can practise your gardening skills by growing leafy plants , flowers , and herbs. You can also tidy away garden equipment with storage boxes and find small plant pots or planters to sit on top of your picnic table.