Thursday, July 18, 2013

Use Backyard Benches

Backyard benches create inviting yard seating. Place benches to take advantage of sun or shade. Use benches to make spaces where groups of people can gather. Make better use of a yard's features and garden areas. Design for outdoor living by considering the style and material of benches. Select from classic and durable stone or wrought-iron benches; country-style wicker love seats and bench swings; tropical rattan or bamboo benches with backrests; or casual, backless picnic benches. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Choose features to use as focal points for the backyard benches. For example, a fountain, pond, flower bed, table, fire pit, shade tree or sunny spot with a view of the children's play area.

2. Measure any areas where fit is a concern, such as between two trees. Measure a patio or other group seating area to help decide how many benches you'll need.

3. Look into benches that do double-duty. Put a storage bench near the back door for gardening supplies (some models can be locked). There are even compost benches. Planter benches create a pleasing effect with seating and flowering plants or herbs.

4. Consider a backyard bench swing. These include gliders with their own frames and porch swings. Many free-standing models come with an awning, which helps reduce the risk of sunburn. Bench swings and gliders are available in metal, wood, wicker and recycled materials.

5. Create a seating group with backyard benches. Consider how many people you'll need to seat, such as the number of people in your family and how many guests you might typically expect. Put a group of benches around a fire pit or fountain for informal family gatherings.

6. Put a love seat in a sheltered area of the garden. This is the most romantic use of a backyard bench. Choose a spot with a view of the stars.

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