Wooden footbridges, a traditional feature in Japanese gardens, create a sense of journey in even the smallest garden. Typical styles include wooden arched bridges
(soribashi), wooden flat bridges (hirabashi), and arched stone bridges (sori ishibashi). Here we’ve rounded up 10 curved wooden garden bridges to consider.
Above: Available in three lengths ( three, six, and 12 feet), a Fillmore Western Red Cedar Garden Bridge from All Things Cedar ranges from $151.42 to $1,542.12 at Hayneedle. Above: Wooden bridges also are available directly from All Things Cedar, where you can configure a Cedar Plank Bridge to your specifications (lengths vary from two to 12 feet, and you have a choice of rails or no rails); from $23 to $310. Above: A six-foot Wooden Garden Bridge, handmade in England of FSC-certified wood, has nonslip treads and railings; £299.99 from UK Gardens. Above: An arched, six-foot Japanese Style Wood Garden Bridge has tongue-and-groove flooring for a smooth surface underfoot. Made of American Douglas fir, spruce, and redwood, it’s $616.56 from Farm & Garden Superstore. Above: An eight-foot-long Freestanding Wooden Bridge made of unfinished fir comes with railings and has a weight capacity of 580 pounds; $461.99 from Your Garden Stop.
Above: A 12-foot Landscape and Trail Bridge, made of clear western red cedar is 14 inches high and comes with assembly instructions; $1,069.99 from Garden Gnomes Etc. Above: A 12-foot Large Red Cedar Ornamental Garden Pond Bridge with Hand Rails, constructed of western red cedar, comes with hand rails and assembly instructions; $1,299.99 from Garden Gnomes Etc. Above: An eight-foot Japanese Wood Garden Moon Bridge with Arched Railings, made of fir and treated, has a one-year limited warranty; $931.19 from Home Depot. Above: An Eight-Foot Stained Wood Garden Bridge is $374.99 from Your Garden Shop.
Above: Curved Country Style Bridges are available in lengths of five feet to 17.75 feet (shown is a 15-foot bridge). Prices range from £369 to £2,588, depending on length, finish, and style of railing.
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