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.
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 outdoor mirrors and other garden furniture and accessories.
10 stylish contemporary garden benches
Browse our selection of modern garden benches below;
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.
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.
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: from £400
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..
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.
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.
Palissade Bench with Backrest
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.
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.
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.
Heckson Wooden Bench
This solid wood garden bench is made from pine and features rocking arches beneath the legs to create a spacious and relaxing outdoor seat. Ideal for two people to spend a summer afternoon lazing in the shade.