The best garden benches out there are multi-functional, doubling up as both a handy perch plus an exterior décor feature to boot. A versatile addition to any garden space, we think it’s high time this trusty furniture piece was celebrated a little more.
No matter how big or small your garden is, benches are an ideal way to create a quiet spot where you can pause and appreciate your outdoor space. Place a bench in a sunny spot, under a shady tree, on a balcony or even next to your house, and you'll have the perfect place to sit and relax with a cup of coffee and a good book, or catch up with a friend over a glass of wine at the weekend.
We've rounded up our top garden benches for you to choose from. There’s contemporary designs, benches made from eco materials, sleek shapes and some budget buys. Keep scrolling to find your favourite. Want more great buys? Don't miss our guide to the best garden furniture.
The best garden benches
If you're looking for a classic bench to take centre stage in your garden, this pretty design will tick all the right boxes.
With a pleasing subtle green shade and gently curved backrest, the Rosemoor is a refined take on a traditional style garden bench. Straight armrests and the RHS branding etched into the wood enhances it further.
Crafted from FSC certified eucalyptus wood, this is an an environmentally conscious choice and the classic detailing gives it an air of authenticity.
Achieving the best of both worlds here, the contemporary design makes it a sleek bench but the grey upholstered cushion topping means it’s a perfectly padded perch, ideal for those relaxed long lunches.
Well priced and with a modern aesthetic, it could easily be used as a standalone piece to bring some pared back chic to your garden, or simply tuck under an outdoor dining table. A real cool, comforting winner in our books.
Made from steel and FSC certified timber, this bench comes fully assembled. Do bear in mind, that this needs to be covered to protect it when not in use.
Buy the Trenton Two-Seater Garden Bench
If you want a budget outdoor update, look no further than this stylish Norfolk wooden bench from B&Q.
This seat is extremely well priced and its streamlined shape gives this slatted garden bench a modern park-style vibe. Gently curved arms are set against the linear solid wood, resulting in a perfect perch to take in some tranquil air. Lazy afternoons in the garden just got easier.
Made from steel and wood with a matt finish, this bench should be sponge cleaned only. To protect it from bad weather, you can apply a suitable treatment once or twice a year.
Buy the Norfolk wooden bench
Streamlined and on-trend, the Bosco garden bench is a slick outdoor statement that’s got its own summertime style.
The compact design of this bench means it’s practical too and comfortably slots under its companion, the Bosco garden dining table, so it can be neatly tucked away when not in use. The ideal dining bench for alfresco feasts.
Made with a spun polyester check weave and slim rounded metal legs, this is a smart on-trend buy. It's not as durable as other bench designs available, so will need to be covered or stored away during wet weather.
Buy the Bosco Garden Dining Bench
The sleek design and bold shade of the Darwin bench would bring a welcome splash of colour and large dose of cool into any outdoor space.
With a red metal slatted seat, this streamlined shape makes it easy to fit it under tables or along a narrow pathway. You might want to consider adding a couple of cushions to add some extra comfort if you're using this as a dining bench.
The powder-coated finish is hard-wearing, making this a great choice for outdoor use. The trend-led design would create a stylish addition to any area of the garden.
Buy the Darwin Red Metal Garden Bench
Arm yourself with a good book, head out into your outdoor space and enjoy some escapism in your own garden.
This bench, inspired by London’s parks, is sturdy, substantial and stylish. A sophisticated seat, which will make a real feature of your outside area.
Made from powder-coated steel with a matt finish, it's pictured in a dramatic off-black colour. Requires self assembly.
With its on-trend mix of materials and elegant style, this bench will give your garden some laidback holiday vibes.
This two-seater bench would boost your garden's style credentials thanks to its cool, classic looks. The black and neutral colour combination updates this traditional style to give it a modern twist.
Made from woven cord and metal, this charming bench will certainly stand out from the crowd.
Buy the La Redoute Ibiza Metal & Woven Cord Garden Bench
How to buy the best garden bench
Hardwearing, attractive and practical – a garden bench is ideally all three. Wooden designs are a classic choice, but you will need to consider that the look and feel of the bench will change over time as it weathers. To keep it looking its best, it's a good ideas to apply a suitable wood treatment each year to protect it. Powder-coated metal designs are hard-wearing and require little or no maintenance. Woven man-made designs are less durable and will need covering or storing inside during winter.
Choosing the right style
Most garden benches are high backed with arms, so they provide plenty of back support and a place to rest your arms. If your bench will be your main garden seating, it's worth investing in something that will be as comfortable as possible to sit on for prolonged periods, so backless designs aren't the best choice. If you're short on space or only want a bench for occasional seating, however, backless dining benches are ideal as you can easily tuck them away under the table when not in use.
If your bench isn't suitable to be left outside all year, you'll need to consider how you'll store it inside over winter. No suitable storage space? Check out our best outdoor furniture covers to keep it protected instead.