Tree seats or tree benches are very nice options when you have a nice tree on your lawn. This type of garden bench or seat is placed around the tree trunk. Tree garden benches come as circular (reaching around the entire tree trunk) and semicircular.
Companion Garden Benches
Another special type of garden benches are companion seats or love seats. They are usually 2 seaters that consist of two chairs that are joined by a little table between them. Place a wooden love seat on your patio and enjoy a nice glass of wine or a cup of tea with your significant other and enjoy the views of your garden.
Garden Storage Benches
Storage benches are a great option if you are short on space in your garden or on your patio. These benches offer sturdy sitting space and can usually be opened at their seat to store items in them. Place a storage bench on your patio and hide extra outdoor cushions , gardening tools or the kids' toys in it. There are even garden arbours that come with this extra storage space in their bench part.
If you are looking for a simple bench without an arm or back rest , picnic benches might be an option for you. These simple garden benches can be added as extra seating to your patio when you have lots of guests over for a party. Or you buy a full set with a picnic table and benches , where a bench is placed on either side of a matching picnic table.
Some picnic benches come with foldable bench legs. They can be easily folded up and stored away into the garden shed or garage when you do not need them.
Wood clearly is the most popular material for all types of garden benches. Wooden benches can be placed anywhere. They look good on the patio with other garden furniture , in front of your house under the kitchen window and , of course , on the lawn under that big old tree.
Aside from wooden garden benches , metal or wrought iron benches are a great choice. They can look very delicate with pretty patterns and are still very sturdy.
Rattan or polyrattan is another type of material that is often used for garden furniture , from chairs to tables to garden benches. Rattan is a natural material that comes from the Calamus palm or liana. Polyrattan is an artificial rattan look-a-like material made from polyethylene. Both materials are woven to create wicker garden benches.
All garden benches made out of natural materials like rattan or wood should be covered to protect them from the weather , and be stored in the shed or garage during winter. Wooden benches require re-staining annually to ensure longevity. Garden benches made out of metal or polyrattan require a little less care. Metal benches and any metal parts on wooden or rattan benches should be treated to protect them from rust.
Once you have decided on your new garden bench , have a look at our range of other garden furniture.