The best garden benches: stylish and practical outdoor seating options
On the hunt for the perfect bench for your garden or patio? We’ve rounded up some of the best, from the classic to the modern, including wooden, plastic and metal options.
Whatever the size of your outdoor space, you’ll find it benefits from the addition of seating. Whether you’re taking a break from gardening, entertaining guests al fresco, or just sitting back to enjoy the good weather, choosing the right seat can make all the difference. And a garden bench is a classic design that adds both style and functionality to your yard.
From classic wooden to contemporary metal, small curved shapes to traditionally straight designs, garden benches come in a huge variety of styles. We’ve picked out some of our top favourites to inspire your purchasing venture, factoring in size, comfort, durability and price points so there is something for everyone.
We’ve also included a handy buyer’s guide to help you out, from choosing the right bench to useful caring and cleaning tips to keep your bench in its best tip-top condition.
The best garden benches at a glance:
- Best for storage: Keter Eden Bench
- Best adaptable design: Lifetime Convertible Bench Table
- Best hardwood 3-seater: Kingfisher 3 Seater Hardwood Garden Patio Bench
- Best hardwood 2-seater: Kingfisher 2-Seater Hardwood Garden Patio Bench
- Best eucalyptus wood bench: Robert Dyas 3 Seater Wooden Garden Bench
- Best traditional design: Garden Vida Steel Garden Bench
- Best antique-style bench: Lazy Susan Jasmine Metal Garden Bench
- Best classic bench: Barlow Tyrie Lavenham 3-Seat Eucalyptus Garden Bench
- Best for pop of colour: Habitat Indu 2 Seater Metal Bench
- Best modern bench: Charles Bentley Zanzibar 2 Seater Bench
The best garden benches
Best for storage: Keter Eden Bench
With an integrated lockable storage box
If you are working with a small outdoor space or simply want to hide your storage solutions inside something attractive, the integrated storage in this two-seater bench is just the thing.
It’s made from durable, weather-resistant plastic in an attractive grey colour and is suitable for storing garden tools, outdoor cushions and throws, toys, gardening equipment and more. It’s also lockable in case you want added reassurance that your things are secure.
Best traditional design: Garden Vida Steel Garden Bench
Attractive rose-engraved back support
This beautiful 3-seater black metal garden bench from Garden Vida is a classic and with good reason. It features an intricate engraving of roses on its backrest, bringing a touch of elegance and femininity to any outside space.
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It’s hard-wearing, whatever the weather, and needs almost no maintenance: just wipe clean with a damp cloth every now and again.
Best adaptable design: Lifetime Convertible Bench Table
Converts into a picnic table
Made from stainless steel and wood, this convertible garden bench can be used either as a seat or as a picnic table, making it a great option for smaller outdoor spaces.
Converting this bench into a table can be done by one person alone and takes just seconds, so anyone can do it. The bench can be used separately, but if you buy two, they fit together perfectly, making your classic picnic bench with room for four to eat al fresco.
Best hardwood 3-seater: Kingfisher 3 Seater Hardwood Garden Patio Bench
Seat up to three in style and comfort
Whether you have a large family, entertain often or simply like to stretch out and relax, this Kingfisher bench is generous enough to comfortably seat three people.
It’s made from weather-treated hardwood that’s durable as well as beautiful and should last you for years to come. If you buy this bench from Amazon, you also have the option of expert assembly for an extra £50, just remember to choose the option at checkout.
Best hardwood 2-seater: Kingfisher 2-Seater Hardwood Garden Patio Bench
A durable and attractive garden addition
Kingfisher’s hardwood benches are known for their quality and affordability, and this 2-seater option is no exception.
The classic design will look good in any outdoor space, from a lush green garden to a chic patio. It’s made from durable hardwood and weather treated for longevity, so you can enjoy this bench for years to come. It comes flat-packed, but for a little extra, you can pay for an expert to assemble it.
Best eucalyptus wood bench: Robert Dyas 3 Seater Wooden Garden Bench
Weather resistant wood
We love the laced pattern in the backrest of this 3-seater garden bench, which adds a point of difference in an otherwise classic design.
This comfy 3-seater looks as great on a patio as it does on a lush green lawn. It’s made from eucalyptus, a long-lasting hardwood that’s naturally resistant to moisture and insects, making it perfect for the garden.
Best antique-style bench: Lazy Susan Jasmine Metal Garden Bench
Classic style, modern quality
If your tastes run towards the traditional, this metal garden bench is a great option. Made using modern, rust-proof materials but styled to look like an antique, it’s a beautiful addition to any garden.
The aluminium bench is finished in antique bronze and seats two, and while it may look old-fashioned, the design incorporates modern ergonomics to keep you comfy and relaxed as you sit back in the sunshine.
Best classic bench: Barlow Tyrie Lavenham 3-Seat Eucalyptus Garden Bench
Strong and stylish
Complete your garden look with this traditional style bench, made from a robust eucalyptus wood in an attractive golden colour. It is finished with a coat of teak oil for the ultimate protection whatever the weather, providing a super durable and long-lasting option for your outdoor space.
This garden bench is easy to assemble and can house up to three people comfortably. It features wide arm rests, sturdy legs and contoured seating for a relaxing, pleasant experience.
Best for pop of colour: Habitat Indu 2 Seater Metal Bench
Liven up your outdoor space
Add some vibrancy to your garden with this yellow metal bench. Designed for two to three people, it’s the perfect addition to your outdoor space for sunny days al fresco together.
This bench has a strong steel frame for a sturdy structure, but is still light enough to move around easily for those who need that flexibility. Add some comfy cushions for the ultimate comfort factor, and watch as your garden instantly brightens up with this chic contemporary bench.
Best modern bench: Charles Bentley Zanzibar 2 Seater Bench
Where style and comfort meet
This garden bench is made up of a strong powder coated steel frame for a super sturdy and robust base, and finished with a soft woven rattan for a super chic and stylish design.
Pop in your outdoor area, whether a garden, patio or balcony, and enjoy the comfortable seating area, suitable for two people. This bench is lightweight so easy to move around and comes in a neutral shade for a natural and calming colourway which will complement any outdoor area.
Garden bench buyer’s guide
A garden bench can be an attractive and functional addition to any outdoor area, providing a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy the fresh air. With so many styles, sizes, and materials to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start when selecting the perfect bench - that’s where we come in.
We’ve got you covered and put together this guide to help you choose the best garden bench for your needs, from material considerations and size selection to comfort and maintenance tips.
How to choose the right garden bench for your outdoor space
Choosing the right garden bench for your needs and outdoor space is an important decision - here are some key factors to consider:
- Purpose: Think about how you will use the bench - will it be used for practical seating or as a decorative piece of furniture in your garden?
- Style and colour: Choose a bench that will fit in well with your outdoor space and complement the overall style - perhaps a classic wooden bench for traditional gardens, while metal or concrete benches are better suited to modern spaces. Think about colour, too - neutral palettes like white, beige, and black are versatile and easy to match most garden accessories, while brighter colours can add a splash of character and individuality to your space.
- Size: Make sure the bench fits the space you plan to position it in - smaller benches work well in tight spaces, while larger benches are better suited for larger gardens or patios. Consider how many people can fit onto the bench, too - you don’t want people feeling cramped.
- Shape: From classic straight benches to curved and angled designs, garden benches come in a variety of shapes. Choose a shape that complements your outdoor space best while providing comfortable seating.
- Comfort: Comfort is key when it comes to seating. Look for benches with well-padded cushions or curved seats to ensure maximum comfort.
- Durability: Benches made of strong and sturdy materials will withstand the elements better. Teak, cedar and metal are all good options.
- Budget: Decide your budget and choose a bench that fits within it.
Material matters: what are the best garden bench materials?
There are several options to choose from when it comes to the material of garden benches. Here are some of the most popular:
- Wood: Wood is the most popular choice of material for garden benches and works well in both traditional and modern spaces. Teak, cedar and pine are popular options due to their durability and weather-resistant properties.
- Metal: Metal benches are strong and durable - steel and wrought iron are popular options. While they are heavier and harder to move than wood, they are much lower maintenance once set up.
- Concrete: Concrete benches are sturdy and a low-maintenance option. They can also be painted or stained to match your outdoor décor.
- Plastic: Plastic garden benches are an affordable option as well as practical. They are lightweight and easy to clean, making them a good choice for families with young children. They often come in a variety of colours and styles to suit your outdoor decor.
- Resin: Resin garden benches are lightweight and easy to move around, making them a good choice for those who like to reshuffle their outdoor space frequently. They are also weather-resistant and easy to clean.
Bench comfort: factors to keep in mind
Comfort is key when it comes to garden benches. Here are some important factors to consider to guarantee that relaxing feeling:
- Material: Choose your bench’s material carefully, as this really can impact the comfort level. Wooden benches tend to be more rigid than metal or plastic benches, while cushions can make a hard bench much more comfortable.
- Seat height and depth: Make sure the seat height and depth are suitable for the height and size of its users. A deep seat can provide more comfort, especially for taller individuals.
- Backrest and armrests: Look for a bench with a well-designed backrest that provides support for your back and shoulders. Armrests also provide additional support and comfort for your arms and shoulders.
- Cushions: Cushions can make a big difference in the comfort of your garden bench. Look for well-padded cushions for extra cushioning for your back and hips.
Bench care and cleaning tips: how to maintain your garden bench
Taking care of your garden bench is essential to keep it looking great and functioning well over time.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) recommend that you ‘carry out any maintenance and storing of garden furniture at the end of the summer season in dry weather’ (although it can also be carried out at any time when the furniture is dry). Here are some tips to keep your bench in perfect shape:
- Regular cleaning: Make sure to clean your garden bench frequently with mild soap and water to remove any dirt and debris.
- Stain or seal: Wooden benches should be stained or sealed every few years to protect against weathering and sun damage.
- Oil metal: Metal benches should be oiled every few years to protect against rust and corrosion.
- Cover it up: When not in use, cover your bench up for extra protection against the outdoor elements.
- Check for damage: Regularly check your bench for any damage, including loose screws or cracked wood, and repair as needed.
- Seasonal storage: If you can, store your garden bench away during the winter months to protect against harsh weather - this could be in a shed, garage, or greenhouse.
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Cordelia Aspinall is a Digital Writer for Immediate Media, working across brands including The Recommended, RadioTimes.com, MadeForMums and BBC Gardeners’ World. She has previously worked and written for digital publications including Condé Nast Traveller, The Evening Standard, Cosmopolitan, and several other lifestyle brands.
Hannah Lewis-Marshall is a writer and editor with more than ten years of experience working on product round-ups and shopping guides. She's committed to helping you make smarter purchases, from one-off big buys to everyday essentials.