How Outdoor Garden Benches Can Make Your Backyard a Loved Place
The Most Beautifil Gardens Are Mix Of Trees, Plants, Pathways and Garden Furniture
Have you tried working or browsing the net on your laptop under a tree shadow and surrounded by flowers? It's nice, isn't it? If you have a backyard, you should allow yourself to do this. It's not hard, you just need some
outdoor garden benchespositioned in proper places. Benches are great for spending nice time in the garden, drinking soda or coktail, reading or just taking rest from gardening.
Of course just throwing ten or twenthy benches in your garden isn't a good idea. It's going to cost you quite a lot and
will make your backyard crowdedand messy. The key to designing a great garden is to place a reasonable number of benches of the suitable type. This site will help you to do that (otherwise why would you waste your time here?).
Locating Your Outdoor Garden Benches
Your garden benches need to be easy to access, properly distanced from each other and should not occupy the space that the plants need. Here are the best ideas of where to position your benches:
- Next to pathways. This is the most obvious location. Put the benches 50 cm / 20" away from the pathway so there is enough space for the feet of people who sit.
- Near the fence. Some outdoor benches may be situated near the fence. If your fence is solid you can position the bench with its back turned to the fence. If it's a grid fence, better think about placing the benches outside of the backyard if the sidewalk allows that.
- In patio. Patio benches look great and are a natural addition to your patio. Position them on the patio sides.
- In alcoves, next to fountains, greenhouses etc. Benches fit very well in such positions besides that they are very practical.
Keep your benches away of:
- Fruit-trees or trees which collect the birds in their crown. You don't want to find sqashed fruits or someting else on your outdoor bench.
This one looks really cute
Photo by ....Tim
- Fireplace, unless it is in front of the bench. Even if you want to sit on the bench while using the fireplace ensure enough distance. Regular heat will damage the surface.
- Places with nettles, thistles etc. Unless you can remove these plants securely, they can grow under the tree and surprise unpleasantly the person who sit.
Arrange your outdoor garden benches with taste, don't put too many of them, but try to have enough and you'll have a great backyard.
What Kind Of Benches?
Choosing benches for your garden can be both fun and a hard work. It's of course a question of preference whether you will install benches made of wood, metal or stone, and what style the bench will have. But the different types of garden benches also fit well in different conditions.
For example the backless benches are great for deck or patio but not so comfortable and suitable for longer rest near the pathway. (And you can learn a lot more about the garden pathways here) Potting benches aren't good for sitting on them however they are a nice addition to any backyard or terrace.
Most garden benches are made of wood. The wooden benches are easy to maintain and are affordable but the wood requires good threatment. Still they are the most popular and suitable for almost every garden.
Benches made of metal offer less comfortable seats unless you use some pads or the bench has wooden coverage. The advantages of steel benches is their solidity and durability.
The larger gardens with more pretentious style may require installing concrete or stone benches which will match better the entire look and feel of the backyard.
This finishes the short introduction of outdoor garden benches. Check out the other articles here for more details on different types, styles, installation, maintenance and even making benches yourself.