By Gemma Pietra. Bench. Published at Saturday, November 25th, 2017 - 08:19:07 AM.
Outdoors. Why invest in purely outdoor-only seating when a multifunctional bench can work for you all year round? A foyer bench or sofa table for example can be slid outside in the warm weather and act as additional outdoor seating in a size that suits anything from a grand veranda to a compact condo balcony. Choose a bench in a pale wood to work anywhere or try a fun plastic pop of color for a summery attitude all year.
When choosing a garden bench remember that certain woods do not withstand the outside elements well. You will do well choosing cedar teak cypress and mahogany for instance. Another option although some people believe it takes away from the natural look is a wrought iron garden bench or a plastic garden bench. Finally concrete marble stone and granite are also beautiful and durable but unfortunately unless they have a cushion they are not very comfortable. When buying or building a wood garden bench remember the cardinal rule - the fewer screws and bolts the better the finished bench will look.
As a sofa table. That same bench that’s on hand to add dining seating or to hold party spillover can double as a slim sofa table during the day holding books decorative planters and small storage boxes. It gives an open floor plan a visual anchor for the seating and functional but beautiful “shelf” space.
As a divider. In an open floor plan creating small zones can give a room a more orderly feeling and be a more efficient use of space. Bordering a seating group or TV nook with a bench helps define that zone without creating a visual wall that might shrink the space. Plus a backless bench can be used from any direction allowing it to bridge different seating areas (or become an additional table for snacks or festive supplies).
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