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35 Awesome Garden Bench Ideas For Your Backyard

Garden furniture like benches make excellent outdoor companions. They make a great addition to patios, porches, and backyard sitting areas.

Plus, they are portable which makes them convenient to have around. If you’re thinking of adding garden benches to your garden, these design and DIY ideas surely will add an eye-catching addition to your lawn.

Ready to get inspired with our top pick benches ideas and have the perfect place for outdoor entertainment?

1. Arbour-covered bench

A garden bench alone won’t suffice if you enjoy reading books or lounging in your backyard. You need some shade against the harsh sun to enjoy the experience fully; so why not consider this concept?

This arbour-covered bench can fit in the corner, creating a focal point and resting area in your garden!

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An arbour-covered bench with climbing plants

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2. Outdoor seating out of repurposed door

Don’t get rid of your worn out door yet! Breathe new life into it and turn it into something useful just like this up-cycled wooden door bench.

Blue garden bench made out of old doors

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3. Victorian garden bench

Metal garden furniture like this Victorian bench is ideal if you want a sturdy seating area in your yard. Make sure to add some cushions so you can sit there comfortably for longer hours!

Victorian garden bench

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4. Go for the wood slat style

This stylish mid-century bench with walnut finish would look amazing to your primeval (or even modern) garden setting. Position it along the pathway so you can have a good place to escape in the immediate vicinity.

Wood slat bench in modern style

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5. Wood, concrete, and metal bench

Wood, metal, and plastic are a common material used for bench making. But what about going for something unusual and custom-made?

Wood, concrete and metal are combined to create this contemporary bench. The structure guarantees that it can withstand harsh outdoor conditions.

A simple garden bench made of wood, concrete, and metal materials

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6. Antique cast iron

Your garden could be the last refuge of this vintage bench. Find a spot in your yard and it will surely blend in with your landscape.

It brings a nostalgic reminder of the past, too!

Antique cast iron garden bench

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7. Wooden bench on chrome legs

A warm wooden deck can help extend your indoor space to the outdoors. Pair it with this DIY bench on chrome legs, you’ll have a simple yet elegant outdoor living space.

Wooden bench on chrome legs

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8. Modern L-shaped corner floating bench

You won’t have to worry about running out of seats for your family or friends with this L-shaped corner bench. Its floating feature makes it so modern, along with the pebbles aligned underneath.

The cushions match the colour scheme of the place, making everything look neat and uniform.

Floating garden bench

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9. Futuristic metal outdoor stool

The appearance and style of this bench alone is enough to tell that it’s from the future! The design resembles an eagle claw hook, while the base is made from tungsten.

Metal outdoor bench with futuristic design

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10. Old tractor seat and wagon wheels

These two wagon wheels have done their service to whatever vehicle they came from. Now, they act as the arms and support for this rustic Western-style bench.

Not only that, but the seats came from the old tractor, too! This DIY piece would look magnificent to a yard with drought-tolerant landscaping.

Wagon wheel garden bench style

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11. DIY customised garden bench

An old bench can be enhanced with a simple painting project. Just like this one; it was painted in a sky blue colour and the artist drew a few branches of cherry blossoms on it.

It’s simple but it adds liveliness to the space.

Customised artistic garden bench

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12. Brick and plank combined

Who would’ve thought that a few bricks and a wooden plank would make a pretty garden bench? Bonus: it’s easy to make as well!

All you need is a few pieces of blocks, a plank, and your handy dandy DIY kit to make this one.

Brick and plank outdoor bench

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13. Metal headboard bench

Looking for ways to make the most of your old, rusty metal bed frame? Throwing it out isn’t the ideal solution; get inspired in this cool DIY project and I’m sure you’ll find a way to reclaim it again!

DIY metal headboard bench

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14. Stylish and practical garden seating area

Featuring a curvy S design, this wooden bench gives off a natural yet trendy demeanour. It’s long enough to cater to a group of people, making it practical.

Place it on a nearby tree and flower bed to add charm.

Spiral shaped wooden garden bench

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15. Bamboo tree trunk bench

Trust us; this bamboo tree trunk bench would be the talk of the neighbourhood if you’d add it to your tropical-themed garden! A bundle of brown bamboo poles is strapped together in a smart and simple way.

How cool is that?

Bamboo tree trunk bench

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16. Outdoor fire pit seating

There are tons of fire pit ideas you can find online, but this one is sure a scene-stealer! The unique circular seating is sunken into the pit, with a wooden base.

The wall is built with concrete, making the fire pit bench sturdy enough.

Outdoor fit pit bench seating area

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17. Garden storage bench

When it comes to practicality, this garden storage bench has it all! It doubles as an extra seating for guests and storage for throw pillows when not in use.

Wooden garden storage bench

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18. Metal base and glass table top bench

This outdoor seating area is supported by a sturdy metal base and a shatterproof tabletop that can be seated. There’s not much going on the design, but when mixed with lush foliage, it’d make a huge difference.

DIY bench with metal base and glass tabletop

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19. Garden bench wooden pergola

A pergola can stand on its own, but it can work well with another garden fixture such as a patio deck and a wooden bench. Incorporating a deck pergola in your seating area can help create various zones to your yard.

You can opt for a built-in bench or a custom-made one.

Garden bench in a wooden pergola

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20. Pallet bench with planters as base

Nail pallet wooden boards together and rest them on two planters to achieve a rustic bench for your yard. Make sure the pots are concrete, or at least sturdy enough; as long as it can support human weight everything should be fine.

Modern pallet bench with planters

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21. Knock-off bench

You can make your own knock-off version like the one from West Elm if you have the right materials! Get inspired by this DIY project featured on Homemade by Carmona.

DIY knock-off bench design idea

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22. Stone wall landscape with seating spot

This simple landscape design of stone wall features a seating area in the middle. Made from dry-laid masonry walls, this natural garden bench also incorporated reclaimed granite.

Stonewall garden bench

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23. Corner bench with built-in table

It’s always a great idea to have a portable bench that comes with an in-built table. With an outdoor seating companion like, you can set up a lounge space for your guests effortlessly.

DIY corner bench with built-in table

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24. Minimalist concrete garden bench

This outdoor piece has a minimal feature yet its appearance is pleasing to the eyes. It’s pretty easy to make, too, according to DIY experts.

Simply mould a concrete brick large enough to fit a yard chair and you have a bench for your garden!

Minimalist concrete bench design

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25. DIY cinder block backyard seating

We love some outdoor extra seating and this do-it-yourself bench project seemed a perfect alternative. And did we mention that doing your own cinder block bench is really cheap and easy?

DIY cinder block bench design

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26. French-styled bench from old chairs

Not only does this European style bench make an excellent garden bench, but also it would look perfect for your entry, dining room or foot of your bed. Attach two chairs with wooden planks and you’ll have a bench – easy peasy!

Paint them with the colour you like to enhance their visual.

French-styled bench from old chairs

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27. Rustic log bench

Log benches are a great addition to any garden. Not only will children use them for play, they are great resting and gathering places for adults too!

All you need are a couple of logs from an old log pile and some vintage scrap wood to achieve this.

Rustic log garden bench

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28. Moulded cast stone pebble bench in oval

This stunning pebble seat is such a must-have garden feature. Arrange one with sculptural planting to create a contemporary feel to your space.

Despite its oval shape, it’s surprisingly comfortable to sit on.

Stone pebble garden bench in oval shape

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29. Cottage garden wheel bench

Outstanding appearance, check! Protection against the harsh weather conditions, check! This pod-like garden bench is surely to add interest in your garden and stand out if you have a small space.

In addition to its space-savvy quality, it’s water-resistant and offers enough shade. What an excellent addition to backyards!

Cottage garden wheel bench

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30. Bathtub outdoor sofa

Even an old bathtub can be transformed into a useful outdoor seating like this! With a bit of mending and makeover, you can have a unique garden piece to your space. Make sure to add cushions for a comfier experience.

DIY bathtub garden bench

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31. Elegant tree bench

Unusual and eye-catching designs will surely add value to your property. Spiralling in a large tree, this bench gives off an exquisite and marvellous focal point to the garden.

Tree bench with modern design

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32. Daybed garden seat

Who wants to have a perfect place to spend lazy summer days and evenings in their gardens? This French oak bench that can double up as a daybed is all you need.

It can transform your space into a relaxing and inviting setting.

Day bed garden bed with mattress

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33. Farmhouse bench

This DIY project will only take up a few wooden planks, screws, and a couple of your time on a weekend to put together. Make the design practical by adding storage slots below.

DIY farmhouse style bench with storage

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34. Match it with your Zen garden

Whether you have a Zen garden, Japanese or Chinese-inspired backyard setting, this bench stone would be a great feature. Surround it with pebble stones and bonsai to make the seating area the focus of attention.

Zen garden inspired stone bench

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35. Convertible picnic table and bench

This large convertible bench can cater your whole family. If you decide to have an alfresco dining, expand the bench and adjust it to transform it into a picnic table.

When not in use, keep it as it is (in its bench form) to save space.

Convertible picnic table and garden bench

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Round-up

Building a bench, in general, is pretty much a beginner level project. The process is likely easy to follow, especially if you have a guide like this!

We hope these ideas will be able to help you bring whatever your vision is to life. If you have the budget, you can invest in high-quality bench pieces – just like the futuristic metal outdoor stool we mentioned.

But if you want to go to the DIY route, we’re sure you won’t run out of ideas! You might as well get some inspiration from the projects we’ve curated above.

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