Garden Bench Buying Guide
Hayes Garden World are one of north west England’s largest stockists of outdoor garden furniture, included are over 70 styles of garden bench, seating from 2 to 6 people and constructed from a variety of materials. Our outdoor furniture is sourced by our buyers Keith Laird and Ian Hodgett, who have over 50 years’ experience in the outdoor leisure sector, and travel extensively to source only the very best quality benches. The benches are sourced from the most respected suppliers both here in the UK and Europe such as Barlow Tyrie, Bramblecrest, Alexander Rose and 4Seasons Outdoor. Hayes have been trading over 200 years, all the while maintaining the very best standards in the industry, so you can be assured you can buy with complete confidence in the quality of the goods and receive a high professional standard of service. The range of benches are such that there is sure to be one to suit every taste, budget and situation.
Budget: How much to spend on a garden bench
There is a bench to suit most budgets from £129 for the basic to over £3,000 for a semi-circular bench to fit around a tree. All the benches have a guarantee varying from 12 months to 3 years so you can assured if you have a problem we can rectify it quite easily.
Which bench is right for your outdoor space
First thing to decide is where are you going to place the bench and how many people will be using it at any one time. We have benches to suit from 2 up to 6 people. Next you need to decide on a style; do you have a traditional garden where a Lutyen’s bench would look perfectly at home? Even if you have a contemporary outdoor entertaining area the painted minimalist benches would fit the bill. Space tight? We even have a bench which can fold and be stowed out of the way if you need the area for parties. If the bench cannot be permanently sited and may need to be moved why not go for one of the steel or aluminium mesh benches. Do you have a feature tree which gives gorgeous cool shade on a hot day? We have a semi-circular bench which is designed to go around the trunk.
What material is most suitable
The choice of garden bench material depends upon what look you are going for and how much maintenance you are prepared to carry out. Wooden benches can be left to weather down, which will lead to them becoming discoloured, or if treated regularly from new they will retain their new appearance. The rustic looking painted wooden benches are painted in a polyurethane based paint which should last at least 10 years before needing another coat. Metal benches are generally weather resistant, aluminium garden benches won’t rust but the coating may become scratched in which case a little touch up with a car body spray will rectify the problem. Steel benches have a powder coating which if it becomes chipped can be touched up with a little clear nail varnish. Metal benches usually are more complementary to a modern garden scheme whereas the wooden ones perfectly suit a more traditional setting. The chunky wooden furniture will also suit a contemporary urban setting.
If you would like more information we have a number of blogs which may help: How to choose your ideal wooden bench, How to assemble a Suncoast solid teak garden bench and How to maintain your garden furniture.