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.
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.
10 of the best garden benches
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.
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.
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.
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.
SOVANA Acacia Wood Garden Bench with Storage
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.