Things to Know Before Buying a Garden Storage Bench
Garden storage benches are the best way to make sure that you are optimising garden space efficiently.
This can be particularly relevant for those with small gardens, but really applies across the board.
If you’re going to have a bench, why not take advantage of the ground area already being used and get one with a built-in storage compartment.
Here are a few things to consider, to make sure you’re making an informed purchase and getting the best garden storage bench for your needs:
Choosing the Best Bench Material
The initial choice you have to make when deciding on which garden storage bench is best for you is the material. There are just two main materials to choose from: plastic resin or wood.
Plastic resin is a more modern choice:
- It often comes in a style that is made to resemble wood.
- It’s much more durable than wood.
- It’s weatherproof, waterproof, difficult to damage and very easy to maintain(a wash with soap and water once a year will usually suffice) .
- Some, more expensive, plastic benches will have UV protection – they won’t fade if exposed to continuous sunlight.
- The storage compartments on plastic benches will generally be more protected from the elements compared to wooden benches.
Wood is a more traditional choice:
- It offers a timeless and classic aesthetic addition to the garden.
- It needs to be treated yearly to make sure that the wood doesn’t rot.
- The storage compartment may not be watertight as wooden benches are often slatted.
- It will start to show weather damage over the years.
There are two main reasons to be concerned with seat size.
Firstly, you need to consider where you’re going to put the bench. Storage benches are great for smaller gardens, but of course it won’t be ideal if it takes up too much space.
Secondly, how many people are going to want to sit on it? As we’ve seen in the reviews above, most benches measuring 140 cm across are suitable for two adults. However, the Monks Garden Storage Bench is a little smaller, with a width of 115 cm. It might be a bit more of a squeeze for two adults, but it will fit into a small garden easily and could be great for kids.
Consider how much space you have in the garden and how many people are realistically going to want to use the bench at one time. You may have to reach a bit of a compromise when it comes to choosing the best storage bench for your garden vs. the space you have available.
Storage Size and Functionality
And so, lastly, we arrive at the question of storage. Of course, if you’re buying a storage bench, you want the storage compartment to be genuinely useful to you. Otherwise, it may as well just be any old bench.
You will need to look at the specifications for the bench you want to buy, and check the storage compartment size carefully – it often differs from the outer dimensions of the bench.
Consider what sort of items you would like to pack away in there, for example: children’s toys, BBQ utensils, gardening tools and outdoor cushions, and take note of their size.
Finally, bear in mind that not all storage compartments are made equal. If you want to store cushions and toys, in a bench outside, you’re going to want something watertight. As we’ve seen in the reviews above, the resin benches normally offer more protection from the elements than the wooden ones.
Don’t forget, these may “officially” be garden benches, but they also offer extremely practical indoor storage solutions; for playrooms, bedrooms, and conservatories!
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Garden Storage Bench FAQs
How often should you treat a wooden storage bench?
Wooden benches which are situated outside generally need to be treated every 6 – 12 months to protect them from the weather.
You should also make sure to frequently gently clean your bench so that it won’t be affected by mildew or moss.
Can I keep cushions in my storage bench?
Be careful keeping textiles in storage benches. If your bench is inside, you can keep cushions in it no problem. However, if your bench is outside, you’ll need to make sure it’s really watertight before storing textiles in it. Even if you think it’s watertight, don’t leave textile items in for long periods of time as they may get damp.
How big a storage bench should I buy?
You need to consider the size of your garden (or indoor space if putting it inside) and what you wish to store in it. If you have a smaller garden, or wish to tuck your bench away in a corner, there are compact options available. Ultimately, you should make sure it’s still suitable for storing everything you need.
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