Garden bench buying guide
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How to choose a garden bench
Garden bench materials
Wooden garden benches
Benches made from this material don't require any regular care, unlike natural wood which must be treated with a product designed specifically for the type of wood used (oil, wax, varnish, brightener, etc.).
PVC or resin garden benches
Benches made of woven resin that are made to look like rattan, are considered higher quality in terms of appearance and durability, but they do cost more. Check that your resin garden bench is UV-resistant in order to stop it from fading over time.
Steel and iron garden benches
Steel and iron garden benches are strong but heavy. There's no risk of them falling over in the wind but they are more difficult to move around. They also tend to heat up in the sun; it's up to you to either take them indoors or cover them with cushions.
Aluminium garden benches
More modern in style aluminium benches stand up particularly well to differentweather conditions (frost, heat, rain, etc.) and corrosion. Be careful, however, as they do tend to heat up in the sun like steel models.
Wrought iron garden benches
Vintage-style wrought iron benches add undeniable charm to your garden. Strong but heavy, these benches also heat up in the sun and must be treated with a rust-resistant product on a regular basis.
Stone or concrete garden benches
Garden benches made from these materials are rock solid. These very heavy benches are very difficult to move around but can spend the winter outdoors and do not require any particular kind of care.
Garden bench models and accessories
Garden benches with backrests
While benches without backrests fit more discreetly into your garden and can slide under the table, those with backrests are more comfortable.
Garden benches with storage chests
Garden benches with storage chests allow you to store cushions and other outdoor accessories.
Round tree garden benches
Circular benches are specially designed to fit around tree trunks to provide natural shade.
Garden benches with retractable trays
These cleverly designed benches feature a retractable tray inside the seat that pulls out to form a central tray.
Garden bench cushionsMake sure to choose cushions that are resistant and specially designed for outdoor use. Aa an added bonus, outdoor cushions are also easier to clean!
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