9 Brilliant Built-in Garden Benches
Corner comfort and court style with these clever outside additions
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Don’t be dissuaded from integrating a built-in bench into your compact courtyard garden – it represents a very efficient use of space. This wooden design has been painted the same colour as the walls and floor to help the whole area feel as one. By planting trees and greenery behind the bench, extra depth is created to trick the eye into thinking the garden is bigger than it is.
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This sweeping seat edges a terraced garden and would work well in similarly organic spaces where straight lines are at odds with relaxed planting. Constructed from stone and concrete, the bench has been given a mosaic tile treatment and has a custom-made curved seat cushion. Additional seats and a coffee table create a casual conversation area.
Get ready to reveal a ravishing roof terrace with mass planting and beautiful timber seating. This bench has been designed as an inherent part of a large trough-like structure where flowers are the focus. The tangle of tulips is punctuated with olive trees to lend height and provide structure around which to showcase spectacular seasonal changes with careful planting beneath.
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Make your built-in bench as creative as it is comfortable with smart scatter cushions and seat cushions with contrast piping. This wooden seat has been set to stand out against a dramatic and densely packed living wall. The blue and orange cushions tip towards tropical when combined with such lush greenery. A less extravagant version of this cute corner could be achieved with an assortment of potted bamboo, palm and fig plants.
A chic suspended bench appears to almost float between rendered walls thanks to a clever cantilevered design. This type of installation requires precision and skill to create a seamless transition between materials. Additional planting can be incorporated beneath the bench to soften the overall scheme, giving a more naturalistic effect.
This rooftop oasis is designed not to entertain hordes of friends, but to act as an idyllic hideaway from the stresses of daily life. An all-wooden combination of bench, pergola, flooring and fence unifies the different elements of the scheme and provides a neutral backdrop to enhance the eclectic mix of gorgeous greenery. For maximum practicality, make use of the space beneath your bench – as here – for storing those cushions when they’re not in use.
For a smaller outdoor space, it might make sense to frame the whole area with neat built-in seating. Here, the pizza oven is the star, creating a centre point around which to design the rest of the layout. Washed grey timber seating is subtle and sophisticated – an overlapping lip creates a functional lid to allow storage within.
If alfresco dining is your favourite summer activity, then plan your garden with entertaining at its heart. This elegant pergola provides shade and helps to define the shabby chic setting. A corner seat with a backdrop of vertically-planted grasses gives the feel of an intimate garden room, while a statement chandelier delivers drama.
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This whitewashed courtyard has a Mediterranean feel that’s sure to lure visitors outdoors. A wide built-in bench feels extra luxe, lending itself to a lie-down in the sun. The planting palette is beautifully restrained, with repeated olive trees and agapanthus providing symmetry and rhythm.
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