Go beyond the standard wooden bench with these artsy garden seats
1 of 11Zeterre Landscape Architecture
Modern style with purpose
Who says a bench is just for sitting? This stunning piece by Zeterre Landscape Architecture not only offers a front-row seat for viewing the garden’s art installation, but also serves as growing grounds for a vibrant strip of succulents.
2 of 11Jennifer Cheung
This L-shaped bench beside a firepit is the ultimate spot for keeping party guests cozy year-round. Colorful pillows covered in outdoor fabrics add a sturdy decorative accent to the outdoor lounge space.
3 of 11Deborah Carl Landscape Design
Not every bench needs to sit front and center. This contemporary outdoor seat is a stylish accent piece with a practical function. Keeping with the walkway’s minimalist look, the bench enhances the space without stealing the show.
4 of 11Cesar Rubio Photography with design by Michael Tauber Architecture
A functional focal point
This multi-tiered yard sets itself apart with a stylish, modern bench. Large enough for the whole family, homeowners can sit comfortably against custom-made backrests. The stunning semi-circle design goes way beyond the usual wood bench and ultimately double-duties as an attractive centerpiece.
5 of 11Creative Commons photo by Karen Roe is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Gardens in the Northwest often come with a bit of drizzle. This lush, spacious garden draws the eye with its petite, pagoda-shaped seating area, which offers shelter on rainy days. The open side paneling also helps people enjoy all angles of the calming scene from inside.
6 of 11Zeterre Landscape Architecture
When it comes to placement, it’s always wise to tuck yourself alongside a favorite part of the garden. This bench is the ultimate spot to sit and take in the full outdoor space. Surrounded by thriving plants and a built-in slit for succulents, this design will turn any neglected nook into a coveted backyard retreat.
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Looking for something with a little more comfort? Lean into functional luxury with cushioned lounge seating. These contemporary pieces often come with under-seat storage helping you house cozy blankets for those star-studded, summer nights. Simply unwind and enjoy!
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Those going for a bohemian vibe can fluff up long benches with colorful pillows and pendant lamps. These minor details transform a once-simple seating area into a view-studded lounge fit for relaxing and entertaining.
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Blending in with blue
This blue nook lets guests unwind under a shady tree. The vibrant hue pops wonderfully against the natural surroundings.
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Add a bit of enchanting whimsy with a salvage wood bench. Enwrapped in foliage, this urban garden provides secluded seating without taking up too much space. The bench adds a touch of vintage charm.
11 of 11Rachel Weill; styled by Homestead Design Collective
This potting bench is filled with organizational tricks to make your planting season a breeze. Have vessels on hand to dry
herb prunings, stored on a shelf. Hang spools of string for quick dispensing. Plant markers on hand prevent crop mysteries later. Store seeds in a crate to make them easy to flip through. Dedicate room below for dirty boots so they don’t make it indoors. Last but not least, keep harvest baskets handy for easy picking!