To help you choose the garden furniture you want to buy online, we have collected this guide on purchasing the right garden bench.
There are various things you need to consider when buying a garden bench for outdoors, including:
Once you understand your situation and can answer these questions, then you can make a better decision on the type of garden bench you will be looking for.
So this relies on two factors from the questions above: how many people you want sitting on the bench at one time, and where you want your garden bench to go. This will determine the potential space you have for a bench.
You want to leave enough space to move around the bench while you aren't using it, so make sure your space is large enough to contain the size of the bench, plus a little extra room.
You will find a 2 seater bench is often around 4ft in length (or 1.2m) and a 3 seater is roughly 5ft (or 1.5m). 4 Seater benches can range from 6-7ft (or 1.8m+).
This is a combination on the view you want while enjoying your bench, and also how the bench will look when it's sitting in your garden. Many people often have their bench at the end of their garden, facing back towards the house, as this gives an enjoyable view of the entire garden, and stops the bench looking out of place.
You have a choice of materials, and they all have unique qualities which you may find more beneficial to your particular situation.
There are rattan benches, Winawood™ benches, metal benches, hardwood benches, and softwood benches.
They can be categorised into benches that are weatherproof and require no maintenance, and those which require regular maintaining.
These are the materials Winawood and rattan.
People are becoming less inclined to purchase these types of benches, as they require a lot more time and effort to keep in a usabe condition.
The longevity of these benches is directly a result of the maintenance you put in, so if you are interested in making an investment in a bench that will last, we recommended purchasing a weatherproof garden bench.
For a bench that requires maintenance, covers are essential to prevent them from the elements. For weatherproof benches, they can help keep the furniture clean, but are not essential for ensuring the longevity of the bench.
You will need to take the bench measurements, and then cross reference them with the appropriate bench cover, making sure that there is a little excess to avoid and tight squeezes. It is also a good idea to choose a cover with a draw string tie at the bottom, to stop the cover being blown around.
-> If you prefer furniture that doesn't require a cover, you can see our rattan furniture sets available to buy online here.
Cushions for your garden seats can help make their use even more comfortable. There is often plenty of choice available, from high backed garden chair cushions, to smaller cushion pads, with the option of weatherproof cushions as well. Some armchair cushions will have extra parts to attach to the arms, while larger cushions can be found in two different sections (seat and back cushions).
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You can often offset the cost of the bench against how much you value your time when having to maintain it. So for example, while the Winawood bench range costs a little more than a traditional hardwood bench, it requires no maintenance what so ever, and so can end up saving you money in the long run.
What is a wooden bench made from, and how much does it cost to make?
A wooden bench can be made by hand for as little as it takes to purchase the wood and nails to assemble it. It also depends on the size of the bench you need, and the thickness of the wood used.
Can you spray paint or grind a wooden bench?
It is more advisable to sand a bench down as opposed to using a grinder. After this process, you can spray paint your bench without fear of lumps or dust particles.
How much weight can a wooden bench hold?
This depends on the thickness of the wood, and the average weight of the people sitting on it. It is best to contact the manufacturer of the bench for this information,.
What is a high backed wooden bench called?
It is called a high backed bench, and carries no other particular name.
Where can I buy a wooden bench?
You can purchase a wooden bench online, or from your loca garden centre.
Why is the wooden bench turned to face the house?
This is often because it offers the best view of the entire garden.
How to paint a metal garden bench?
To paint a metal garden bench, remove as much of the old paint as possible by sanding or grinding it down, then remove any dust, and apply your coat of paint.
How to polish a metal bench with a grinder?
You would be best to purchase a specific bench grinding kit.
Why is a meta bench colder than a wooden one?
This is because metal conducts heat more efficiently than wood, and so transfers the heat from your hand away from your body at a noticeably faster rate, making it feel colder.