You may have thought that buying an outdoor bench would be an extremely simple task, but there are actually quite a few things that you may want to consider before taking the plunge and buying yourself an outdoor bench for your lawn, patio, or garden.
For one thing, you want to make sure that any outdoor benches that you buy are suited to the place you are going to be putting them. For instance, if you are planning on placing your outdoor bench in a place where it will get wet (not under an overhang, but in the line of a sprinkler, etc), then you want to make sure that it will not stay wet.
It is not very pleasant to sit down in a puddle! So, ideally, the seat of such an outdoor bench will have a slight slope toward the backrest which will allow water to run off while keeping your bench comfortable.
Also, while you are checking out the seats, be sure to sit in them! You will likely find that bench with slats that are close together is more comfortable than one that has them far apart. Also, you will notice that a concrete bench is going to feel much cooler on your posterior than a wooden one in the morning, and a metal one will likely feel much hotter on a summer afternoon.
While you are giving outdoor benches a “sit” to see how comfortable they are, also be sure to pay attention to the backrest if there is one. Be sure that the backrest comes up to your shoulders. There are a variety of backrests on outdoor benches that you can choose from – there are ones that are rigidly upright and some that recline greatly as well as curved backrests and tall backrests that offer a place to rest your head and neck. Be sure to check out which ones are most comfortable for your body type.
It is nice to have a beautiful garden bench in your yard, but it is even nicer if you are able to choose one that is extremely comfortable. Another thing that you should consider is the armrests of benches. Be sure to find an armrest that is just the right height for your arms to rest on with just a 90 degree bend in the elbow. Also, you ought to pick an armrest that is wider – it is more comfortable, and it offers a place for you to rest not just your arm, but your drink, as well.
Overall comfort is, of course, key, so be sure to “try out” multiple outdoor benches before you choose one. Make sure that you give yourself time to try each one out – sit in each garden bench for 5 minutes and make sure that it is as comfortable as you could hope or imagine. Have someone else along, too, to try it out, since a bench is often an item that many different people will get a chance to use and share.
Also, check and see if there are any screws sticking out or splinters or other protuberances that may make the bench less comfortable.
There are so many things to consider when choosing an outdoor bench. We have not even begun to mention the different styles of outdoor benches or designs or materials (and believe me, there are a lot).
Perhaps, for you, the “look” of your bench is even more important that the comfort that it offers. Perhaps your idea of an outdoor bench is that it should be more of a decoration to add to a garden, and you really will not be sitting on it for more than a few minutes at a time, and rarely at that.
Good luck searching for the perfect bench for your garden!