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10 of the best modern garden benches

See our favourite benches for your garden.

A good garden bench is a practical as well as stylish addition to your patio, decking or grass area. A bench is a good place to unwind by yourself, but can also form a crucial social space. They can be everyday garden furniture on a deck or patio, or part of a quiet corner away from the house.

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Benches are a lot more hardwearing than other garden furniture, and are more permanent features than other patio furniture. With the addition of planters, a bench can even be part of your garden design, holding climbers, small fruit trees or seasonal displays and at the end of the day a well-placed bench offers a stylish but practical place to rest.

For more garden furniture inspiration, check out our guides to the best garden sofas, garden egg chairs, or garden loungers.


10 of the best garden benches

1

Argos Home Wooden 4 Seater Picnic Bench

Argos Home Wooden 4 Seater Picnic Bench - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Argos Home Wooden 4 Seater Picnic Bench

This simple, unfussy bench from Argos is great for families. It can be used for dinners, after-work drinks, kids’ crafts sessions, and much else besides. A classic A-frame picnic bench at a relatively low price.

Price: £100

Buy the Argos Home Wooden 4 Seater Picnic Bench from Argos


2

Arianna Wooden Planter Bench

Arianna Wooden Planter Bench - BBC Gardeners' World
Arianna Wooden Planter Bench

If you fancy including plants in your seating, it’s hard to top this bench. A simple wooden bench with two planters on either side, it’s also great value. It’s ideal for incorporating seating into your planting schemes and will help to instantly soften a hard seating area such as a patio or deck.

Price: £89.99

Buy the Arianna Wooden Planter Bench from Wayfair


3

Argos Home Newbury Wooden 2 Seater Garden Bench

Argos Home Newbury Wooden 2 Seater Garden Bench - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Argos Home Newbury Wooden 2 Seater Garden Bench

A simple, classic garden bench that seats two, this traditional design is great for contemporary and country gardens alike. Its light wood means this bench is suitable for painting or varnishing, so it’s also a satisfying DIY project that will match your garden style.

Price: £60

Buy the Argos Home Newbury Wooden 2 Seater Garden Bench from Argos


4

Pacific Lifestyle Richmond Light Teak Acacia Wood Bench with Pop-Up Table

Pacific Lifestyle Richmond Light Teak Acacia Wood Bench with Pop-Up Table - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Pacific Lifestyle Richmond Light Teak Acacia Wood Bench with Pop-Up Table

This classic style bench hides an interesting feature. Either seat three, or pop-up the middle of the bench for a handy drinks rest.

Price: £199.99

Buy the Pacific Lifestyle Richmond Light Teak Acacia Wood Bench with Pop-Up Table from Robert Dyas


5

SOVANA Acacia Wood Garden Bench with Storage

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SOVANA Acacia Wood Garden Bench with Storage

For storage, try this acacia bench. With handy storage under the seat it’s great for stashing garden cushions or garden games and its low, boxy style offers gorgeous seating without any fuss.

Price: £299.99

Buy the SOVANA Acacia Wood Garden Bench with Storage from Beliani


6

Crocus Lutyens-style Bench

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Crocus Lutyens-style Bench

Our guide wouldn’t be complete without a Lutyens-inspired bench. This handsome example marries classical ornamentation with more simple lines and is made of hard-wearing, FSC-certified eucalyptus.

Price: £229.99

Buy the Crocus Lutyens-Style Bench from Crocus


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Astuto Acacia Garden Bench, 3-Seater

Astuto Acacia Garden Bench, 3-Seater - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Astuto Acacia Garden Bench, 3-Seater

For a sturdy bench, try this, which is made of warm and hard-wearing acacia with a luxurious mock-teak finish. It dismantles easily, so it’s great for storage through the colder months, or for moving around when giving your garden a redesign.

Price: £189.05

Buy Astuto Acacia Garden Bench, 3-Seater from La Redoute


8

Lahan Garden Planter Bench

Lahan Garden Planter Bench - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Lahan Garden Planter Bench

This glass-reinforced concrete bench would look fantastic in modern, Mediterranean-inspired gardens and includes a large planter at one end. You could fill this with a small olive or bay tree to enhance the Mediterranean feel, and provide ingredients for your kitchen at the same time.

Price: £229

Buy the Lahan Garden Planter Bench for 23% off from Made.com


9

Amara Fatboy Toni Banksi Outdoor Bench

Amara Fatboy Toni Banksi Outdoor Bench - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Amara Fatboy Toni Banksi Outdoor Bench

Available in several hues this metal bench is great for adding a splash of colour or for blending in and letting your planting do the talking. With UV-resistance and waterproofing, this is a tough bench that needs little upkeep so it’s ideal for busy gardeners.

Price: £660

Buy the Amara Fatboy Toni Banksi Outdoor Bench from Amara


10

Edson Concrete Garden Bench

Edson Concrete Garden Bench - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Edson Concrete Garden Bench

For a hard-wearing bench, it’s tricky to top this one. Crafted from glass-reinforced concrete and metal this bench is great for contemporary, modern gardens.

Price: £299

Buy the Edson Concrete Garden Bench from Made.com


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This Product Guide was last updated in June 2021 and we apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.