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BBC Gardeners' World Magazine -Modern garden benches

10 of the best modern garden benches

See our favourite contemporary benches for your garden

A modern garden bench is a practical as well as stylish addition to your patio, decking or grass area. A bench creates the ideal place to perch and enjoy garden views, unwind with book or catch up with friends on a warm afternoon.


There are plenty of contemporary garden benches to suit almost every outdoor space and we have rounded up some of our favourites to help inspire your own design plans. From understated benches made from solid wood or clean concrete to design-focused benches which double as contemporary sculptures, there are plenty to choose from.

Or, if you have your eye on more portable options, we’ve also selected some of the best garden deckchairs as well as the best garden hammocks to relax in.

If you’re not sure where to start at all, we’ve pulled together some garden seating ideas to help spark your creativity and you can further dress up your outdoor area with stylish garden mirrors and other garden furniture and accessories.

10 stylish contemporary garden benches

Browse our selection of modern garden benches below;


Folding Bistro Bench

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Folding Bistro Bench

The elegant French style of this bistro style bench will transport you to Provence. It’s fully foldable, making it a practical choice which can be easily moved around or stored. Made from powder coated steel, this modern garden bench should be durable and it arrives fully assembled. There’s a choice of three chic neutral shades; chalk, greengage and clay.

Price: £100

Buy Folding Bistro Bench at Garden Trading(in stock Feb 2021)


Hampstead Bench

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Hampstead Bench

This contemporary garden bench is created from bamboo and black steel for a contemporary-meets-natural looking finish. As the bench is weatherproof, it’s ideal for outdoor patios and decking or perhaps a conservatory. This bench will require some assembly but instructions are included.

Price: £290

Buy Hampstead Bench at Garden Trading


Concrete Bench

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Concrete Bench

If you’re searching for zen-like minimalism then you can’t go wrong with this modern garden bench. The solid concrete seat with simple steel legs creates neat, clean lines. The bench is handmade and sealed with resin, meaning it should be able to stand up to the weather. There are two sizes available, 140cm and 160cm, depending on what suits your space.

Price: £400

Buy Concrete Bench at Etsy


Eos Outdoor Bench

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Eos Outdoor Bench

This contemporary garden bench is part of a collection designed by British designer Matthew Hilton. Made from powder-coated aluminium, it is lightweight and weatherproof, so it shouldn’t rust over time even when used outdoors. This bench co-ordinates with a wider range of outdoor furniture making it ideal if you’re looking to build out into a wider set..

Price: £385

Buy Eos Outdoor Bench at Heals


Marko Outdoor String Rattan 2 Seater Bench

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Marko Outdoor String Rattan 2 Seater Bench

This love seat is a modern take on a classic garden bench, in a rattan effect. The tubular steel frame is secure and makes the structure suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The unusual design featuring curved arms gives the bench a fresh look and should cosily house two people.

Price: £215.99

Buy Marko Outdoor String Rattan 2 Seater Bench at Maison du Monde


Minimalist Modern Garden Outdoor Bench

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Minimalist Modern Garden Outdoor Bench

This garden bench is another great minimalist option, but it doesn’t scrimp on comfort. Padded cushions ensure a cosy place to perch while the sturdy aluminium ensures it’s robust and stable. The grey tones are neutral so shouldn’t clash with other garden pieces. It’s worth noting that this one will require assembling.

Price: £369.99

Buy Minimalist Modern Garden Outdoor Bench at Amazon


Palissade Bench with Backrest

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Palissade Bench with Backrest – Made in Design

This Palissade modern garden bench is made from galvanised steel for extra strength and durability in recyclable metal. Made in Denmark, the bench will make a real outdoor centrepiece and is available in a choice of three colours; olive green, anthracite and light grey.

Price: £525

Buy Palissade Bench with Backrest by Made in Design


Double Sleeper Wooden Bench

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Double Sleeper Wooden Bench

This chunky sleeper bench is made from pressure treated, FSC certified timber, meaning it is more sustainable. It’s also guaranteed for 15 years against rot and fungal decay. The simple design is ideal if you’re looking for something to blend more smoothly into outdoor surroundings and it comes in a length of 120, 150 or 180cm. This bench will require assembly.

Price: £139.99

Buy Double Sleeper Wooden Bench at Wayfair


Attackle! Bench

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Attackle! Bench – Made in Design

If you’re looking for something truly unique, this pop art inspired modern garden bench by Fatboy is designed to look like a balloon dog. Doubling as an artistic sculpture, the bench can be used both inside and outdoors and is made from recycled polyethylene.

Price: £499

Buy Attackle! Bench at Made in Design


Charles Bentley Steel 2 Seater Rocking Bench

This steel garden bench rocks gently back and forth to create spacious and relaxing outdoor seating. Ideal for two people to spend a summer afternoon lazing in the shade together.

Price: £89.99


Buy Charles Bently Rocking Bench at Amazon