When you look out your back window, what do you see? A bountiful oasis, gorgeous flower beds, a pond and gazebo perhaps? It's easy to overlook something as simple as a garden bench in some backyards. They say the devil is in the details, but by taking into account the little things, what you're left with is a heavenly looking display. Besides, benches are useful both indoors and out as part of a workspace or when you just need to stop and smell the roses.

When you think classic garden bench, most likely your mind will wander to an image of some wooden park bench somewhere, or one sitting outside your favorite café. Wood benches can be something as simple as two slats with legs to fancier models like the S-shaped courting bench and the other versions like the Tahawus and also gliders and swings. When you look at the market, there are many kinds of wood lumber that are used to build these benches, but some are undoubtedly more durable than others. Class 1 hardwood teak, for one example, is especially valuable. Teak has the distinct privilege of naturally producing oils which protect it from everything you could want: cracking, rot, infestations, mildew and more. Many park benches in Europe are made from repurposed teak ship decks, some up to a century old.

A wrought iron garden bench affords the buyer a good amount of creativity of design than do some other materials. For one, you can get a lot more detailed than with wood. These benches can be straight, curved, backless, and with simple slatted designs to more intricately welded patterns. Wrought iron makes people think of that envied Victorian England look which gives gardens an air of romanticism. Some benches are a wood and metal combination for a different look, and some metal benches also come with cushions for extra padding, since iron isn't particularly forgiving. As with any outdoor furniture, metal requires some upkeep, and be sure to purchase only those models with certified rust-resistant coating and the hardware to match. Regularly clean with a wire brush and repaint as needed to avoid rust formation. If iron's not your thing, take a look at aluminum. It's slightly cheaper and more lightweight than iron and looks just as quality.

Both for residential and commercial use, a concrete garden bench is a steadfast choice. Concrete is best in mild weather regions; it does not tolerate repeated or prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures. There are two basic designs associated with concrete. The classic look refers to ancient Greek and European styles, while many benches also come with personalization kits to make them commemorative. The bad thing about concrete is obviously how heavy it is. Once you find a spot for it, don't plan on moving it for awhile.

To the untrained eye, stone and concrete are almost identical, in look at least. Stone benches often take on classical designs and give off the same sophisticated look. Unfortunately, also like concrete, stone is just as heavy. On the upside, stone is much more weather-resistant than concrete. That means they're more useful in colder climate regions and will last longer in the long-run. However, the material itself is simply more expensive than concrete to begin with, but still a fine choice for a garden bench.

Innovations in patio furniture seem to revolve around new, sustainable materials. The resin garden bench, along with other resin furniture is made from a specific type of plastic which is extremely strong. Resin is the chameleon of the patio set world, as it can change shape, color and texture to emulate wood, metal and stone. But it also toots its own horn, adopting infinite colors, patterns and modern designs dreamed up by today's great architects. Resin is great because it's one of the cheaper buys. Plus, a lot of it comes from recycled material. That's not all. Resin is waterproof, easy to clean and doesn't require sealants, oils or paints. On the downside, leaving resin out in the sun makes it hot to the touch and also subject to cracking or warping.