Whenever you think about a park bench, what image comes to mind? Usually you probably think of the bench that sits in your favorite park. Is it metal, wood, or a combination of metal and wood? Does it have a high back, or is it a shorter bench? No matter what the park bench looks like, you probably get the image because the bench is in a park. But just because the bench is in a park, it does not mean that you can't have one like it at your home. Think of a park bench as an additional piece of furniture that complements your outdoor space. Here are some considerations to make when it comes to picking the perfect park bench to complete your landscaping.

A Statement

Having a park bench inside your yard is really about making a statement. Just think about what kind of statement you want to make. When someone sees a bench in a park, they immediately want to think about sitting down. Spending some time sitting on a bench in a park allows people to rest, relax, and enjoy their surroundings. When you put a park bench in your yard, you are inviting others to take a break and enjoy your yard. Just make sure that there is plenty of scenery in your yard to be enjoyed. Otherwise people will be sitting there on the bench, just wondering why they are sitting there.

Style

Of course a major part of any statement is the style, and there are a few different styles of park benches. Most benches are just a couple of metal poles with a few slats of wood over them. Of course traditionalists will especially appreciate and enjoy having this kind of outdoor bench in their yards, but often they have to be attached and implanted into the ground. This can be quite an arduous task.

On the other hand, fancier metal or metal and wood combination benches can provide a unique style while still lending a park bench effect. Metal benches are a great way to add a little bit of architecture to your natural scenery. Some benches look even more beautiful with certain vines and plants growing along the arms or the back. Just be careful not to let the bench get too overgrown.

Material

The type of material the bench is made from is also very important. Wood and metal are the two most common types of material for benches, although some are also made of stone. No matter what kind of material you choose, make sure that the bench is very heavy and not liable to be blown away in a storm. Also be sure to ask the retailer if there are any treatments you should be applying to the bench in order to help it keep its original look. Remember that benches will fade over time, and some types of wood are actually meant to fade and look weathered. Just find out as much as you can about the different types of material, especially wood, and avoid types that are purposely supposed to look weathered after a short time if you prefer a bench that will always look the same. Some benches are extremely high maintenance, so finding out everything you need to know ahead of time will help you avoid purchasing a bench that requires a lot of work just to keep it looking great.

Above all, remember to choose a bench that you enjoy sitting in. Remember that this bench will give you a place to enjoy your outdoor space in, but you can't enjoy the space if you don't like sitting in the bench.