Whether you’re on the hunt for a classic design for your country retreat or a contemporary style to liven up your city balcony, we’ve found the best garden benches to suit your needs whatever the weather.
Clever outdoor seating can help to maximise your gardens potential without taking up too much space, and the humble bench is a great place to start.
There are lots of things to consider when picking out a bench, starting with what its made from. Wood is the obvious classic or rustic go-to, but will need annual upkeep.
It tends to be more comfortable than metal, but seat pads are advised if you’re planning to lounge on your bench for longer than a quick tea break. It’s best to check the level of UV protection and shower proofing on fabrics, as we all know how unpredictable summer weather can be.
Similarly, metal will also need extra protection from the elements following a few seasons outdoors. It’s worth checking whether your bench has an anti-rust coating before you buy.
Metal is sometimes seen as a choice that values style over comfort – you therefore might prefer a metal-and-rope combo if comfort is all important. However, it’s modern, hardwearing material – and increasing available in stunning and striking colours.
Next, think about where you want your bench to go. Is it a resting spot along a long garden path? Will you be grouping a few together at the top of the garden so you can socialise and enjoy the view? Or are you planning to place one around an outdoor dining table, along with a few chairs?
Position is a key consideration, since it determines what features your bench will need, and which you can do without. If you are considering a dining bench, for example, look for a design with low or no arms, so it’s easy to get in or out of. A slanted back will make for more relaxed posture, and a flat and solid arm rest makes a handy place to rest a mug of tea.
Our carefully curated designs should tick any potential bench boxes.
Curvaceous and eye-catching, this bench lets you soak up the outdoor view in style. Crafted from solid teak, which is perfect for your patio and why not add a seat cushion for extra comfort.
The indoor-outdoor series by Bodil Kjaer was originally launched in 1959; this bench design displays the same geometric sensibility that underpins the rest of the collection. The armrests and additional cushion seats were designed with comfort in mind whilst the overall style demonstrates an architectural appearance.
Crafted from painted and treated acacia wood means that this beautiful bench is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. The distressed paint finish gives an authentic aged appearance alongside the turned legs and spindle back that delivers classic charm.
This refined bench showcases minimalist craftsmanship through its straight lines and simple form. The easy-to-fold design offers a clean aesthetic and generous size whilst having the additional advantage of being easy to store away.
This bench is contemporary in design, giving it the versatility to suit a multiple of contexts and surroundings. Creating a perfect solution, bring modern style and character to any balcony or garden with this eye-catching outdoor perch.
Relax in style in your garden with this traditionally designed piece of garden furniture. Beautifully crafted from sustainable acacia hardwood, the decorative backrest design offers something a little different whilst you’re enjoying the sunshine.
Contemporary and lightweight, this two-seater bench offers an easy-clean option thanks to its aluminium frame. The rope seating adds texture as well additional comfort when kicking back with a cocktail or two.
With its timeless shape and design, the Louisiane bench is perfect for any outdoor setting.
Made from galvanised steel means it’s easy to clean and lightweight to reposition within any outside space.
Mixing contemporary materials the Hampstead Bench provides you with sophisticated design. The generous curved seat features All-weather Bamboo wrapped onto a Powder Coated Steel frame.
Skagerak’s Plank Bench 144, designed by Aurelien Barbry, is a beautiful outdoor bench combining organic character of teak wood with clear, angular lines.
Ideal for hospitality locations, poolside retreats or private gardens, the Allaperto Grand Hotel collection sets the scene for outdoor relaxation and sophisticated entertaining.
The Somerset is available in an array of summer colours to suit any garden style.