1. Garden bench seats can be great for residential use in a yard or commercial use in a park. Of course, there's the classic outdoor garden bench we see in many parks: wooden slats, high back, arm rests. But garden benches also come in various other styles and materials, including metal, stone, or recycled plastic.
2. Metal garden benches can add a delicate look to your garden. A cast iron garden bench (or the lighter cast aluminum) in a wrought-iron pattern is a nice touch that brings a hint of the South. Metal garden benches are also available in more modern designs for a clean look.
3. A stone garden bench brings a heavier and more formal look to your garden seating. If you go with stone, you'll usually get a backless garden bench. Some stone benches can be engraved for a special tribute or a wonderful gift.
4. Despite the popular classic wooden bench, wooden garden benches aren't all the same. An Adirondack-style bench is inviting and relaxing. For durability and weatherproof quality, try a teak garden bench. Teak lasts for years; if left untreated, teak weathers to a silvery-gray color.
5. Garden bench seating comes in all sizes - full bench, loveseat, and single seats. Matching side tables are available for some garden bench seats. You can also buy garden benches with attached planter boxes for added interest. For socializing and relaxing, try two single seats attached by a table in the middle. You can even get an attached umbrella for instant shade!