With spring on the doorstep, it is nearly time to start spending more time outdoors in the garden. This means getting to grips with all those ‘sprucing up’ jobs including garden seating.
Spring means your garden is slowly coming back to life after the winter hiatus. And with temperatures still cool it might not be the time to sit out just yet but it does mean you can start making changes to your garden so that you can enjoy it in the summer.
Let’s start with the obvious by adding colour to the garden furniture or seating to give it a new lease of life. Thankfully, the range of suitable coloured paints and garden furniture stains and varnishes have grown considerably in recent years.
Give the furniture a good clean before painting and sand it down too so that the paint has a rough surface to adhere to. Once dry, create some stencils and add some details, such as pretty gold stars or colourful daisies.
Reposition your newly painted garden bench in a sun-soaked spot and spend many pleasant summer evenings enjoying the garden.
A lot of the ideas we have come across include creating cosy seating nooks – and we think this is a great idea.
The ideas we love include;
Lights add romance, as well as a hint of functionality to your garden seating area. There are some amazing examples of stunning and stylish garden lights, but which styles are tipped for 2018?
Garden seating is great, but if the colder spring evenings make it a little uncomfortable- add a source of heat to your garden. Or why not wrap yourself up in chunky knit wool blankets? Chimineas and firepits are always popular in the garden, and 2018 predicts that the must-have style of firepit will be a sleek modern look.
Let’s be honest, if your garden seating has seen better days, no amount of garden lights and paint are going to make a difference. If the time has come to replace it, then why not invest in fun styles such as a banana bench. With luscious soft curves, it makes a welcome change from the blunt edges and angles of a traditionally straight garden bench (and, if you choose a hardwood banana bench, it will last for years!)
What will you do to create a fun seating area in your garden this year?
Anna is the marketing and office manager for Garden Benches – a premium supplier of high-quality wooden benches and other outdoor furniture.