Pros and Cons of Garden Bench
By Harry Truman
Garden benches are the soul of your garden. If you don't
have a garden bench, where else will you be able to sit
peacefully to enjoy and appreciate your garden's scents
and beauty? Besides thinking about the right setting and
placing of your bench in the garden there are other
significant features to consider. First and most
important of them is material. Choosing the appropriate
material is important because it may directly influence
how long your bench will last. For example, you may
often throw parties for your many friends or you plan to
spend a lot of time playing with your kids in the garden
and using the bench. Therefore, substance from which the
bench is made needs to be strong and reliable to endure
all those challenges. Also, weather conditions can
influence the life longevity of these constructions
quite a bit. These include hot burning sun, heavy rain,
There are numerous materials that can be used in making
of a garden bench, where some are more commonly used
than others. But in the end, it all comes down to what
appearance you are trying to achieve. Wood is often
referred to as the classic outdoor furniture option.
There are also garden benches made from stone, granite,
concrete, iron or plastic.
Every material has its own advantage and disadvantage.
For example, weather conditions can cause some material
to decay over time. Iron can rust due to the influence
of often rain and snow, its worst enemies. On the other
hand wood, although more prone to mechanical damage than
other materials is not affected by those factors as
Strong and reliable materials like stone, granite or
concrete are relieved from those worries but they have
other issues. They are usually very heavy, so once you
made up your mind about their placement, it would be
very hard to move them around. In difference to lighter
benches these do last a life time without any problem.
You just have to wipe an occasional layer of piled dust.
To prevent damage and prolong the life longevity of your
garden bench use a protective sheet to cover it. Make
sure you use one that is water resistant. If you have a
wooden garden bench, clean it once in a while to prevent
the growing of mildew.
Another thing to remember is that every material
requires different surrounding. You don't have to be a
gardening expert to figure out that plastic bench is not
suitable for a romantic setting. For that you need a
nice iron or wood bench, or some combination of both.
You can additionally play with garden lighting to
achieve some interesting effects.
Now that you have heard some of the benefits and
detriments of garden bench materials, you can decide
what will work the best for your own garden settings.
Make sure you predict as accurately as possible the
purpose of your bench, because this may set a difference
between the bench that lasts a few years and the one
that lasts a life time.