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The Charm of a Wood Garden Bench

Perfect for Your Yard, Porch, or Deck

An outdoor wood garden bench is ideal in the garden, yard, or on your porch, patio, or deck.

In addition to providing additional seating, a garden bench can also be used for decorative purposes as well. Because garden benches can also bring back wonderful memories we show you how to make your own!

Garden benches come in a myriad of designs and can easily be integrated into your garden or with other furniture on your porch or deck. It is an ideal cozy resting place and a focal point no matter its location.

beautiful outdoor wooden garden bench on front porch
Weathered Outdoor Wood Garden Bench with Memorial Placard

They are easy to make. We show you how to make ours below if you are so inclined. Or select from a variety of materials and styles from garden bench manufacturers.

We've also included a few bench ideas from Fifthroom that Mary and I thought might be perfect for your garden or porch!

Wood Garden Bench Considerations

Before selecting or making your own wooden garden bench, we recommend you consider the following:

Locate in a Pleasing Place

  • If placing in a garden or yard, find a location that will maximize your viewing pleasure. Perhaps you can position the bench to see most of the garden or sights beyond.
  • Or, perhaps you want a more secluded spot for rest and reflection.
  • Also note how wind and sun will affect your time spent on the bench and locate it accordingly.

beautiful outdoor wooden garden bench on front porch
Quiet Setting for a Wooden Garden Bench

Popular Garden Wooden Bench Materials and Styles

There are several wood materials you can find for outdoor garden benches. We list those we believe will give you the best in durability and appeal and cover most budget considerations.

Wood Materials

  • TEAK: Probably one of the most expensive woods, teak resists decay, repels water, doesn't shrink or swell, ages well, and is incredibly strong. Its tight grain along with natural oils (which help it maintain its golden hue) also help maintain its durability.

  • SHOREA: Less expensive than teak, shorea is very durable and an extremely dense tight-grained wood that can stand up to all kinds of weather. Like cedar, it is resistant to insects and decay. It will fade to grey if not maintained with oil.

  • REDWOOD: Made from the impressive Sequoia, redwood is resistant to decay and insects and is a very stable wood. Although very common one time, redwood is not for the ecologically minded as they grow very slowly and are limited in numbers.

  • ACACIA: Acacia trees are abundant in many areas around the world and in fact, are often thought of as an invasive species. Is is a dense and durable wood that is favored in boat building.

  • weathered wooden near flower gardens
    Garden Bench Allowed to Weather

  • CYPRUS: Cyprus has a natural preservative that is resistant to both rot and insects. This wood holds up well in all elements; simple to maintain with a coat of oil. It may; however, not be as plentiful as it once was.

  • CHERRY: Cherry has straight grain, is very colorful, and ranges from rich red to reddish-brown. It will darken when exposed to light and is usually selected for fine furniture.

  • I made this cherry garden bench below for a neighbor's daughter as a wedding present.

    cherry wooden garden bench
    Beautiful Cherry Garden Bench on Front Porch

  • CEDAR: Both types of cedar (western and northern white) are both resistant to insects and decay. It is a lightwood which is a great choice for outdoor furniture; easy to move. It paints and stains easily so you can match it with your other outdoor furniture.

  • COMPOSITE: Composite wood garden benches definitely give you both durability and longevity with almost no maintenance. You can find them in a wide variety of colors and styles.

  • garden bench in shade on stone pavers
    A Nice Shade Spot for Relaxing

  • TREATED: Treated wood is resistance to decay and rot and is readily available. Its low cost makes it a great choice for those on a tight budget. It can be painted or stained.

  • treated wood for base of garden bench
    Treated Base Posts for Wooden Bench

  • BARNWOOD: A good friend of mine, Shane, and I made the garden bench below from barn wood. If you can acquire barn wood, you can make outdoor furniture from it without breaking the bank!

    recycled barnwood to make garden bench
    Recycled Barn Wood for a Garden Bench

One of Our Picks from Fifthroom

6' Red Cedar Royal Highback Garden Bench

Comfort is the operative word in our Highback Series. This Red Cedar Royal Highback Ga... [More]

Wood Garden Bench Style Ideas

Style is very subjective, but as a general rule, benches with very straight lines, geometric in nature, and lacking intricate cuts would work well with more modern architecture.

weathered wooden garden bench beneath large tree
Oh, the stories it could tell...

Conversely, ornamental designs with intricate carvings fit well with both traditional and Victorian style homes.

Simple or classic designs are perfect for country style homes.

Another One of Our Picks from Fifthroom

64" Treated Pine Fanback Garden Bench

This sensational garden bench makes a great addition to any lawn or garden. The Fanback... [More]

For larger formal gardens, a garden bench combined with a table makes for an ideal respite.

Consider an arbor over a bench in the gardens or backyard. You can soften the look by planting trailing foliage to spread over the arbor.

Another nice touch is to create a memorial bench. Placing a placard on the bench will remind family and friends of the love of the departed.

Make Your Own Outdoor Wooden Garden Bench

You have options and we provide the instructions!

Make a beautiful wooden garden bench like this one to use indoors or out!

beautiful outdoor wooden garden bench on front porch
Beautiful for Use Indoors or Out

Video: Watch Our Tutorial for Making this Beautiful Bench

OR Make This One!

wooden garden bench legs

Benches are at home on porches too. Whether for sitting or for a place to hold packages while you unlock the door, garden benches can be quite enchanting on your front porch!

Free Tutorial for You to Make This Corner Bench

Here's a corner bench I made for our porch and you can too! Click on the link below the picture and download the tutorial - our bench gift to you!

Reuse Materials

Like to recycle? Here are a few materials you can use to make wood garden benches.

  • Old Doors
  • Bed Frames (headboard/footboards)
  • Old Chairs
  • Old Bookcases
  • Pallets
  • Stumps
  • Wooden Crates

Another One of Our Picks from Fifthroom

72" Treated Pine English Garden Bench

The English Garden Bench takes the traditional style of benches and raises the bar. Wit... [More]

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