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Creative garden seating ideas for your outside space

Are you looking to transform your garden into a cosy and inviting space? One of the best ways to do that is by adding some comfortable seating. Whether you have a large garden or a small one, there are plenty of creative and budget-friendly garden seating options for you to choose from.

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The key is to find seating that not only suits your budget, but also complements the overall style and theme of your garden. Let’s take a look at some great ideas that will transform your outdoor space into a haven of relaxation and beauty.

Garden seating ideas on a budget

Firstly, consider repurposing old furniture. You’d be surprised at how a fresh coat of paint and some new cushions can transform an old wooden bench or chair into a charming seating option for your garden. Not only will this save you money, but it also adds a unique touch to your garden that reflects your personality.

Another budget-friendly option is to create seating using pallets or sleepers. The internet is saturated with amazing creative ideas. Pallets and sleepers can be easily found for free or at a low cost, perfect if you’re watching those pennies.

If you decide to use pallets in your garden why not try stacking them on top of each other to create a simple and rustic bench, or lay them flat and add cushions. Pallets are really versatile and you can paint or stain them any colour, whatever takes your fancy!

To complete the look, add some inexpensive outdoor rugs or mats to define the seating area. Maybe add some potted plants or plant big bushy trees nearby for an inviting ambience.

Garden furniture made from sleepers

Covered garden seating

Imagine being able to relax and enjoy the outdoors in the comfort of a cosy sheltered nook. Covered garden seating is the perfect solution to create a peaceful, private and serene area in your garden.

Pergolas and gazebos or even a simple awning, can provide cover to your outdoor seating area allowing you to enjoy the beauty of nature while being protected from the elements. Imagine the sound of raindrops gently tapping on the roof as you read a book or enjoy a nice hot cuppa…sounds perfect, right? A cover will also provide shade that will keep you cool on hot summer days.

Covered garden seating not only adds functionality to your outdoor space but is a design feature too. Why not contact a local tradesperson to help you design your perfect space?

Pergola for cover over garden seating

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Corner garden seating

Do you have an awkward corner in your garden or want to spruce up an ugly corner space? Garden seating is a great way to transform a boring corner into a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy your garden.

One option for corner garden seating is to use built-in benches. These can be constructed using materials such as wood or stone and can be customised to fit the dimensions of your space. Once the construction is made you can add cosy soft furnishings such as woollen throws, warm squishy cushions and other little touches to make it an inviting space.

An ideal option for a corner space is to use outdoor furniture specifically designed for corners, such as corner sofas or lounge sets. If the space allows, try experimenting with different design ideas to discover what will work in the space.

To add a touch of greenery to your corner seating area, you can place potted plants for hanging baskets nearby. Imagine the floral smell of summer flowers drifting past while you unwind in your own little sanctuary!

For bespoke options contact a local carpenter or garden designer to help create the perfect seating options for the space.

Zoned garden screening idea

Add a daybed or swinging chair

Daybeds or swinging chairs are great options for relaxing in the garden.

Firstly, choose the right spot in your garden for the daybed. You’ll want to find an area that has ample space and offers a pleasant view. It could be under a tree for some shade, near a cosy corner, or even by the pool.

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, make sure the ground is level and free from any debris. Next, add some soft cushions and pillows to make the daybed extra comfortable. Opt for weather-resistant materials that can withstand the elements. You can even play around with different patterns and colours whatever suits your tastes.

Finally, don’t forget to add some finishing touches like a side table for drinks or a small tray for snacks. Bliss!

Hanging garden chair for contemporary garden seating

Seating for small gardens

If you have a small garden, do not fear! There are lots of ways to maximise the space. Think about using versatile seating options that seamlessly blend with the surrounding greenery. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your limited space

Small garden seating using contemporary features

Folding chairs

Opt for foldable chairs that can be easily stored when not in use. This way, you can have seating available for guests without taking up too much space.

Built-in benches

Consider installing built-in benches along the walls or edges of your garden. These can provide ample seating while also saving valuable floor space.

Built in garden seating

Hanging chairs

If you have a sturdy overhead structure, such as a pergola or tree branch, hanging chairs can be a fun and space-saving seating option. They not only add a unique touch to your garden but also allow you to swing and relax. Plus, the kids will love it!

Stools and ottomans

Small stools and ottomans are versatile seating options that can be easily moved around. Use them as extra seating or as side tables for drinks and snacks.

No matter what type of garden you have, there are lots of ways to transform it with good planning and clever seating.

Mini garden bench

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