A garden is the place where blossoms and greenery collide. Fresh and aromatic air soothes your nostrils while the colorful swaying vegetation fills your eyes and emotions. Gardens make nature more fun and easier to adore as you linger there with a cup of coffee. And best of all is when you have a garden bench to sit on and savor the moment.
However, not just any bench will do; you have to consider the type of bench that will fit best in your garden.
To give you an idea of the different types of garden benches, we’ll show you 60 examples. We’ve also listed down a few of their benefits.
Stone or marble bench:
These are found in most formal gardens since they give an elegant touch, especially to those gardens that are filled with trees and greenery. They also have exceptional sturdiness and longevity, even when exposed to very hot sunlight and heavy rains. Moreover, they’re very low maintenance.
The most common type of garden bench, found in many gardens, wooden benches can easily be made in sizes and shapes suitable for the landscape. Although they need regular maintenance as rain and fog wear them down, they are relatively less expensive.
Metal or iron:
If you are looking for a low-maintenance garden bench, this would be a good choice. They’re usually made of steel or cast aluminum.
This is a type of wooden bench made from logs cut and installed to retain their natural look and form. They’re usually found in country and farmhouse gardens.
This is one of the cheapest and easiest to install types of garden bench. There are many ready-made plastic benches available on the market that don’t require any complicated drilling and nailing.
Formal and informal gardens alike can accommodate this type of garden bench. They’re usually made for a particular spot and can’t be moved easily. While not so attractive, they’re much less expensive than marble benches.
This is a type of bench that does not just provide a place to sit but also has extra functions, like having tool holders and storage underneath.
Creative minds do not just stick with what is simple; nor do garden benches. Many of the most attractive benches venture into the realm of the unique.
That is why the best garden benches give you two benefits: the functional benefit of a comfortable place to sit in and hang out in your garden, and the aesthetic benefit of displaying an artistic piece of craftsmanship.
So while you are planning the best idea for your own garden bench, go ahead and check out some of the examples below for your reference and inspiration.
This is an extension of the grassy landscape formed into a creative sofa set complete with a center table. Having this in a garden would totally look interesting and delightful.
Enjoy the lovely blossoms of this dogwood tree by sitting on this rustic wood bench set into the grassy ground.
Logs cut, piled and nailed into a garden bench sunk within thick green grass and wildflowers.
This worn out, moss covered wooden garden bench is old but still functional – and with the scattered blossoms, still beautiful.
A newly treated and varnished wooden garden bench standing freely in front of purple hyacinths.
Sitting here early in the morning would let you see the first blooms and smell their sweet and lovely aroma. This wooden garden bench hiding in thick bushes is a perfect relaxation spot.
This wooden garden bench and box may have been worn out, soaked in the rain, and broiled on hot sunny days, but the distressedlook makes it more stylish.
A wooden garden bench cushioned with floral throw pillows placed in between green topiary and in front of the nicely blooming pink flowers.
This old and rustic wooden garden bench looks more decorative with added flower blossoms stacked in the woven basket.
Let there be light and rain so that flowers bloom their best. This wooden garden bench is one of the witnesses of this magical creation.
Logs were cut into halves and slabs drilled and screwed together to make this log bench, which is standing in front of a vast and bright yellow blossom field.
A curvy wooden garden bench still standing proud despite its faded and worn out appearance. This can still accommodate any nature lovers who want to enjoy the flowers.
Hiding behind the thick green bushes is a wood bench resting its feet on the dandelion-filled ground.
This is a wood bench coated in white paint to protect it from wear and tear. It can withstand the rain without deteriorating.
A simple white garden bench nestled on thick grasses with a few blossoming apple trees behind.
A decorative garden bench is a good match for a colorful garden. This garden bench is painted in white and decorated with flowers on the back rest and seat.
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The elegance and style portrayed by this metal garden chair stand up to the elaborate topiary arrangements behind it.
A creative way of displaying a log style garden bench with a more lasting and sturdy concrete seat. Carved logs make up the back rest, arms and support.
A wooden garden bench with wagon wheel back rest and pull-out drawers under the seat is both functional and decorative.
The color of the sky is painted onto this garden bench. It looks very cool surrounded with blossoming flowers in purple, red and white.
Three white wooden garden benches assembled on the grassy ground with colorful rows of flowers behind them.
A green steel garden bench is almost camouflaged by the presence of thick flowering bushes flaunting their red and pink blooms.
An elegantly designed garden bench with metal framing and a wood seat. Around it are the colorful blossoms of daisies and mums.
Along the stony wall leans a garden bench in wood and metal. After a stroll in the park, relax here and wait for some maple leaves to fall.
A very nostalgic view of this wooden garden bench tucked in between green plants.
A simple long wooden bench with no arms or back rest. This is made from one slab of wood cut in half lengthwise.
A rustic view of an old and almost worn out bench with a rusted container alongside.
This vintage metal garden bench and coffee table may have been rusted by time but they’re still fully functional. The colorful blossoms surrounding them give life and chemistry.
This wagon wheel bench is more than just a garden bench: It’s also pure craftsmanship showing that benches do not just have to look basic and common.
A nice and romantic view of the sunset awaits those who sit on this tube bench. The fresh and salty sea breeze and the horizon bridging the sky and ocean are a great combination for enjoying life.
A concrete bench designed with a curvy back rest and supports.
A wooden garden bench with metal arms and legs accented with stone cat figures underneath.
An armless wooden garden bench resting under a tree.
This brand-new metal garden bench has slightly glossy wood framing and bluish metal supports.
The lone bench standing under an old tree provides travelers with a little rest stop while making their way up the sloping pathway.
In another place this might be called a sleepers bench, but since it is situated in a garden, we’ll still call it a garden bench. Pebbles and foliage meet at this bench.
Is it a log or concrete type garden bench? Actually, it is both. The seat is made of a whole log while the supports are made of concrete.
A worn out and shabby chic style garden bench in a green garden area.
A cushioned wooden garden bench resting on an outside patio with flagstone flooring and a stone wall behind and alongside.
No matter how old benches get, they still look stylish and chic around colorful blossoms.
A set of high rise chairs showing the wear and tear of years. An overlooking view of the village below is even made more enjoyable in these.
Behind this wooden garden bench is a crushed rock retaining wall enclosed in wire mesh.
This canopy hanging bench is beautiful and extraordinary, and you can enjoy swaying on the bench as you survey the grounds.
Hidden in the greenery is a white metal garden bench with decorative floral moldings.
Lively and decorative, these seats are as colorful as the petals of the flowers around them.
An armless hardwood garden bench is resting against a tree alongside the pathway.
Bright yellow paint gives this wagon wheel garden bench a nice contrast with the green shrubs around it.
This is a creative, decorative and functional garden bench made of wood with a built-in tea table at its center.
This is an entire tree trunk designed into a bench and intricately carved in the middle to form a hollow seat.
Cushions are laid on this bench for a more comfortable experience when sitting and savoring the abundance of nature.
A wooden bench resting on the side of this pool is guarded with oversized rocks.
This kind of concrete sleepers bench is commonly found in public parks, but it looks just as good incorporated into a garden.
Smaller logs were used to build this mini log garden bench hiding in between high foliage.
Vintage benches like this one are still fab and trendy despite their antique looks. The carved stone bench has detailed carvings on the back rest and arms.
A specially made canopy with built-in benches on each side. A totally shady and secure sitting position is provided for moments alone with nature.
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DIY Garden Benches
You can have this DIY slightly curving sleeper bench in your garden quite easily. Just check the linked tutorial.
A sleek and creative sleeper bench in a garden spread with mulch. This one is made of a mix of boards and small logs.
If you don’t know what to do with your old dining chairs, have a little mercy instead of junking them. Up-cycling them into this new purple bench would be great. Check out the linked tutorial for how to build it.
The maker of this garden bench calls it a Popsicle stick bench. The design is indeed creative and decorative.
Custom Garden Benches (Etsy)
This one is a hand hewn bench made from a single piece of a maple tree and metal bottom supports.
This is more than just a decorative rustic wooden garden bench: it also has symmetrical birdhouses on each side.
Wood material, wheels and rustic look; this is no doubt a reclaimed vintage cart garden bench.
Crafted from one-fourth inch welded steel plate and Ipe wood, this bench is stable, long lasting and does not require much maintenance.