As much as I like working in my garden, what I really love is watching others work–squirrels furtively ferrying nuts to hideouts, bees on a tight schedule in the lemon tree, ants with plans. A comfortable garden bench is key to my surveillance efforts. Here are 10 wood garden benches (with deep seats and armrests) to keep you in the garden all afternoon:
Above: From designer Piet Hein Eek, each Wooden Garden Bench made from recycled materials is one-of-a-kind. At 44 inches long and 20 inches deep, the bench is a versatile two-seater for a small balcony or terrace; $860 from The Future Perfect.
Above: Made of solid oak, an Arkipelago Bench designed by Kari Virtanen and Rudi Merz for Nikari has wood joints and measures approximately 35.25 inches long; $780 from Finnish Design Shop.
Above: A Protected Teak Garden Bench is finished with Teak Shield for a silvery, aged patina (reapply every six months) and is $798 from Terrain.
Above: An untreated teak Falsterbo Sofa by Skargaarden is 65.75 inches long and approximately 35.5 inches deep; upholstered cushions are available separately; the two-seater sofa is $3,120 from All Modern.
Above: From Scandinavian designer Skagerak, a teak Drachmann Bench with a cross-back design is 65 inches long; $1,799 from Horne.
Above: From Danish designer Povl Eskildsen, a Kingston Teak Bench is 52.5 inches long and 24.5 inches deep; for more information and pricing, see Gloster.
Above: With simple, modern lines, a Monaco Teak Outdoor Garden Seat from British designer Barlow Tyrie measures 47.25 inches long and is $1,929 from Didrik’s.
Above: A teak Block Island Garden Bench is available in three lengths, from 48 to 72 inches long; a 48-inch bench is $699.99 from Wayfair.
Above: An acacia wood Applaro two-seat bench is 48 1/8 inches long; available in brown or white from Ikea for $90.
For more reasons to lounge around outdoors, see:
- World’s Best Outdoor/Indoor Teak Furniture.
- The Gardenista 100: Outdoor Sofas.
- 10 Easy Pieces: Nap-Worthy Hammocks.