ALL-WEATHER SEATING THAT SETS THE BENCHMARK

Take a seat on a bench that brings the chic outside

Consider a garden bench as essential as your living room sofa. Find the best bench for you and you’ll always have somewhere to soak up the sun, gather with friends and family and take a moments respite from life’s hustle and bustle.

A bench can be a boon in any garden – big or small, front or back. It can be place to escape to at the bottom of a long lawn. Part of a dining area on a patio. Or somewhere to sit and chat with neighbours near your doorstep.

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Teak wood designs are always a safe bet, not just for their all-weather durability and long-lasting appeal, but for a timeless quality that makes them true investment pieces. Look to Carl Hansen & Søn for design-led Danish offerings and The Conran Shop for folding, more minimal pieces that are practical for a smaller space.

Is sustainability important to you in your furniture choices? Then a bamboo bench is worth consideration. Tine K Home has a fabulous piece that’s also lightweight and easy to reposition.

If impact is higher up on the agenda, Fermob is unmissable for the range of its finishes and the intensity of its colour options. Think modern, playful pieces in tones spanning Ice Mint to Nutmeg and Lagoon Blue.

If you have limited areas for planting, a bench like this can offer the pop of colour you would otherwise get with flowers. And it can deliver when your blooms die back in winter.

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If you’re looking to create an outdoors ‘room’, consider whether the brand offers loungers, armchairs and tables in the same design. For this, check out Tribu, whose sophisticated pieces in warm, neutral tones are designed to mix and match harmoniously together.

So pick wisely, pull up a seat and reap the sunny rewards.

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