At the end of a path or under your favorite tree, a garden bench offers some rest to contemplate nature, to relax from the pressure of daily life and it decorates your garden with grace. However, nowadays, a bench can be used as a seat for a large garden table, or as an alternative to a sofa if bought with colored cushions, or as an alternative place for vases and small planters.
How to choose the garden bench that suits you? First, think about its primary function: seat or stand? If you’re thinking of a bench to accommodate your guests, then you need to think about the size. A bench to place next to the table will have to be 45 cm tall and 50 cm wide for a comfortable seat. If you want to buy a bench to use as a stand or as a garden decoration, unleash your fantasy and play with shelves and storages but use style as a distinctive element. Add a vintage item maybe found in a flea market to give your garden an eclectic look or add a wrought iron bench to create a historical revival look. Wooden garden benches are the most common ones thanks to their resistance to harsh weather conditions. The most used wood types are teak which is very resistant to humidity, pine wood which lasts long if adequately treated with special oils, and robinia, a hard heavy wood which is resists best in any weather condition. Metal garden benches are resistant and durable but the varnish coat tends to deteriorate in time so you constantly need to retouch it.
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