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Best-Bet Benches

The perfect means for curling up with a good book, relaxing while gazing at your garden, or catching up with a friend, an indoor or outdoor bench will provide an ever-favorite spot. With a bountiful amount of materials and styles, from beautiful scrolling steel frames to classic crossweave, and functional to fun features, such as storage and personalization, you'll be sure to find the best bench for your space.

What Satisfied Customers Are Saying

A great outdoor box for the deck
By William P from FRANKFORT,KY on 7/27/2014
We needed a storage container for our deck and found this one. It was a great price, had good feedback and we got it in literally one day after ordering from this site. The directions were straight forward, it's a quality product and its been through its first rain test already. All said, it's a great item for what we needed.
Poor. First 4 words are meaningless
By Anthony Kenneth from The Villages, Florida on 7/26/2014
Picture tells whole story. Add price because it is a fantastic buy. Remind buyers that it is a return to the good old days at good old days price.
exactly what we needed/wanted
By Shirlee from LINCOLNSHIRE,IL on 7/26/2014
The small bench is just the right size for the space we wanted it in. It is comfortable - and very sturdy. It looks great!
comfortable and nice looking
By Robert from WESTERVILLE,OH on 7/25/2014
lubricate screws and redrill the holes, should not have a problem
Good Quality Bench For The Price
By D from YUKON,OK on 7/24/2014
The bench was received in good condition and was nice wood and color just as depicted in the photo. The assembly was pretty self explanatory but I would say the bolt locations were marked but not drilled. It was so hard to turn the bolts that it made it difficult not to wallow out the bolts with the small wrench supplied. I used a drill and bit to drive the bolts in and had much better luck. I coated the bench with linseed oil to better withstand the weather. It is not heavy duty but still nice.
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Benched for the Season: Find the Perfect Outdoor Bench

When it comes to outdoor benches, the word "multi-tasking" comes to mind. Today's savvy consumer/home stylist/mom/executive/(add your many roles here) demands more than just a bench to drag outside when the weather's warm. The latest in outdoor benches not only offer myriad style options, but also they'll work hard for you. Read on to learn about trends, tips, and tasks related to this type of outdoor seating ...

In a Material World

First, consider what the bench is made of, and what will work best in your climate. According to Hayneedle senior buyer James Goddard, wood still reigns supreme, but it's best for seasonal use and should be treated yearly with linseed oil or other such protectants to keep it in good shape. The best woods for weathering the elements include cedar, cypress, shorea, acacia and teak. These wood types are best at resisting rot and insects, and all of them age well.

For rugged durability and outdoor benches you can leave outside in any weather, concrete and stone are, of course, lifetime pieces perfect for a permanent spot in your outside space. Many are engravable.

Also consider recycled plastic. Not only is it a green, mindful choice, but you wouldn't believe how realistic today's plastic designs look. Whether resin wicker or cedar-lookalike Adirondack benches, recycled plastic is maintenance-free. Just hose it off season after season.

Trending: Task Masters and Tradition

Goddard says that dual-purpose, outdoor storage benches and deck boxes are super popular as well as stylish. Wood benches with flip-up tops are perfect for storing and protecting brightly colored cushions so hot right now, plus bocce balls, badminton, or books ... whatever your summer fancy. These multi-taskers are great solutions for small outdoor spaces, too.

Another trend is outdoor benches made for specific locations, such as tree benches, which – you guessed it – surround the base of a tree, or firepit benches curved or straight to match the latest designs in firepit sets.

By far the most popular, according to Goddard, remain traditional wood benches. Warm, comfortable, and often with a hint of Secret Garden ambience, a well-made wooden bench always invites you to take a seat.

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