Have you been looking out towards your garden with a nagging thought that something is missing, but you can’t place your finger on it? How about a concrete garden bench? Pop it next to your solar birdbath fountain and you can enjoy your visitors in comfort.
What’s more, is that your garden bench can actually double as various different things – a storage space, a plant runner, or a memorial. This versatility makes the possibilities endless!
While you can choose from a number of different bench materials, you may be wondering why concrete?
Concrete garden benches are an excellent option for people who want their gardens to look natural and not too flashy. In fact, concrete benches can often be mistaken for a pile of rock which you can coincidentally sit comfortably on.
A concrete bench is perfect for any garden thanks to its natural look and coloring. Purchasing a concrete bench will add a rustic feel to your garden and you don’t have to worry about it not matching your flowers or other features as the colors are often very minimalistic and subtle.
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Colors for concrete benches
Concrete garden benches may be more subtle and understated than other alternative materials. However, you can still choose different colors. More natural colors mimic the color of natural stone such as grey, slate, and sandstone. But there are other, bolder colors such as orange, yellow, and blue.
These bright colors all mimic the style of other naturally formed stones, so do some research before choosing what color you want.
For example, your garden may be aching for a bench that looks like it’s made from limestone, which means you should look for a dark grey concrete bench that has a blue hue to it.
Is it comfortable?
Of course, you’re likely to want a garden bench to sit on and enjoy the summer sun in your lovely garden, so your bench needs to be comfortable. While concrete doesn’t sound super comfortable, concrete benches can actually feel no different from a wooden or stone bench.
However, just like any bench, there are ways to make your bench more comfortable. For example, choosing a bench with a backrest and armrests can make your bench instantly more enjoyable. Or, add an outdoor pillow or two, and you’ll not only add comfort, but also a pop of color.
How important the durability of your concrete bench is will depend on your personal style and preference. Concrete is relatively easy to scratch, stain, and chip. That means this isn’t the most durable material to choose if you prefer a pristine and clean look. However, if you prefer a rustic looking garden you may not care as much about your bench weathering naturally.
If you prefer to have your bench more durable and resistant to these imperfections, you can use a concrete sealant to prevent it from becoming damaged too quickly. While you may think you don’t need to buy a stain as you don’t mind the rustic look, it is advised to protect it anyway.
Excessive weather conditions, without any protection, may cause the concrete to become weaker and may even shorten its lifespan.
Bear in mind that this is an added expense, so you may want to consider choosing a concrete bench that has already been sufficiently sealed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are concrete benches expensive?
Concrete is a less expensive alternative to stone garden benches. However, it can still be expensive due to its weight and size. Having said this, the price of your concrete bench will depend on whether you’re having it professionally installed or not. If not, your concrete bench won’t be much more expensive than another bench made of other high-quality materials.
How do you clean concrete outdoor furniture?
Concrete furniture can stain easily so it’s important to clean it as soon as you spot a mark that you want gone. Outdoor garden furniture is especially susceptible to stains, thanks to the natural weather conditions and certain bugs. It may be tempting to take your pressure washer on full pelt and go to town on your furniture but refrain from high pressures. We’d advise using a garden hose instead, as it’s a lot gentler.
You can use soap and water to get most stains off your concrete furniture, but for harsher stains you may choose to use a diluted bleach solution with one part bleach for two parts water. Don’t use a concrete cleaner you find in-store or online, as these often contain a higher acid concentration which is supposed to be used for commercial concrete and is too erosive for concrete furniture.
Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project.