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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

Bought two benches-inconsistent quality
By Judith from ORLAND PARK,IL on 7/5/2014
The first bench went together very smoothly!! Very impressed with the ease of assembley-look nice, but wood splinters easily & strong stain odor! The second bench was missing a pre-drilled hole & the seat did not fit quite right like the first one. Eventually we got it together. For the price they look good and are very sturdy. I hope they are durable!!
Beautiful bench!
By Rhonna from Nashville, TN on 7/5/2014
This was the perfect bench for our firepit, we purchased 3 of them. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that 2 of the benches came with little chips out of the wood and were extremely difficult to put together. They weren't technically difficult, just required lots of muscle and finger strength to crank that little hex wrench and tighten the bolts when the holes were not perfectly aligned.
Would have preferred white
By Betty Ann from ANN ARBOR,MI on 7/5/2014
Glad I read the reviews and description and avoided disappointment over the color. Even though shipping was free, the bench arrived within 3 days of ordering it. My husband and I assembled it in about ten minutes; it snapped together easily and seems sturdy enough when we both sit on it. We haven't had a good hard rain to test how waterproof it is. I hope it will be chipmunk-proof as well - we are overrun with the cute little pests.
Well crafted and very nice looking
By Sandra from CRESTVIEW,FL on 7/5/2014
I am very satisfied with my purchase. My husband and I put it together. You have to make sure to follow directions or the hinges won't line up properly. We transposed the side panels and had to take it apart and put it back together again. After doing that, we had no problem.
Great looking and easy to put together
By Karen from CLOVIS,CA on 7/4/2014
I'm not very good at putting together projects, but had the bench sitting in the garden in about 15 minutes. Put up a birdhouse on a pole behind it, surrounding it with pots of flowers and it is now the focus point of the garden. Thanks!
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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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