What Are The UK's Best Garden Arbours?
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Barcelona Garden Arbour Seat Review
The Barcelona Garden Arbour Seat has a nice design, is solidly built and features storage under the seat.
This arbour has a very nice design that would suit both modern and traditional gardens. The arbour features smooth panel sides, a solid roof and some panels of trellis near the top. The bench seat is very comfortable and the under-seat storage makes a useful space to store cushions and other garden paraphernalia.
The arbour is made from pressure treated timber and guaranteed for 10 years against rot. The timber is FSC certified. The arbour is solidly constructed from good quality timber and offers good value for money. The dimensions are 1.57m x 0.67m x 2.00m. The item is relatively easy to construct with good instructions that include photos. It will require two people to assemble the arbour and will take around 2 1/2 hours.
Overall, this arbour will make a lovely addition to the garden, is solidly built and provides comfortable seating for two.
The Rustic Log Store Co. Boat Shape Garden Arbour Review
The Rustic Log Store Co. Boat Shape Garden Arbour is a beautifully crafted piece that comes fully assembled and includes storage.
This garden arbour has a lovely design that looks like half a boat on its end. The seat is comfortable and there is room enough for two. The overlapping timber roof provides some shelter from sunshine and showers. The arbour also features storage in the seat. The overall dimensions of the arbour are 120 x 55 x 190 cm.
This garden arbour is beautifully crafted from pressure treated timber for a long life. All the pieces are screwed together for durability and a quality finish.
This arbour is handcrafted and of excellent quality making it the best garden arbour with storage.
Dunster House Wooden Pergola Arbour Review
The Dunster House Wooden Pergola Arbour is a large garden structure that provides seating for at least four adults as well as plenty of space for climbing plants
This arbour is sturdily constructed from pressure treated timber. It is a lovely big garden feature that provides lots of seating and will make a dramatic statement in the garden. The arbour has two comfortable seats with armrests.
The arbour comes flat packed and will take two people an afternoon to put together as there are a lot of pieces and it’s quite large. Once constructed it feels solid and looks lovely.
This is a lovely large garden arbour that seats four making it the best garden arbour seat for families.
Relaxdays Rose Arch, with Bench Review
If you would prefer a metal structure in your garden the Relaxdays Rose Arch with Bench offers the ideal solution being sturdy yet lightweight, comfortable and attractive.
This sturdy arbour is made from powder-coated iron for durability. The arbour features a nice seat that is very comfortable with the addition of a couple of cushions. The black metal structure is very stylish and has detailing that looks nice and will support climbing plants. Once covered with climbers this will create a romantic nook in the garden. It would suit both modern schemes and more traditional gardens.
This arbour offers a great low-cost option as it is pretty sturdy for the price so offers the best garden arbour bench for the money. The arbour is very easy to assemble as every part is numbered and they just screw together.
This metal arbour looks very attractive and offers an easy to construct, low-cost option that looks great in the garden making it the best metal garden arbour.
Rowlinson Victoria Arbour Review
The Rowlinson Victoria Arbour has a simple yet attractive classical design, is made from pressure treated timber and has plenty of slats and trellis to support climbing plants.
This is a nice wide arbour with a comfortable seat and plenty of space for climbers to grow around it. The arbour has a lovely traditional design and will add a pretty feature to the garden, especially once covered with plants. The arbour is well constructed from sturdy FSC certified timber which has been pressure treated to withstand rot.
The arbour comes flat packed ready for self-assembly. This will take two people about an hour and a half. Once constructed it looks great and offers excellent value for a solid pressure-treated structure.
This is a solid and durable arbour that provides plenty of space for climbers to grow up and around it to make a gorgeous garden feature.
Rowlinson Kashmir Arbour Review
The Rowlinson Kashmir Arbour is the best garden arbour because it is attractive, comfortable and hardwearing.
This garden arbour has a lovely design with a Kashmir style pointed roof. The arbour has lots of trellis to grow plants over and this makes it the best wooden garden arbour for planting. The arbour will make a really attractive feature in the garden once covered with climbers. The structure is constructed from sturdy timbers and these are pressure treated against rot. The finish on the wood is smooth with a natural colour.
The arbour provides comfortable and semi-sheltered seating for two or three people. The dimensions are 80 x 135 x 217.5 cm. The arbour is relatively easy to assemble and goes together nicely. It requires two people to assemble and will take about an hour.
Overall, this is a very attractive and sturdy arbour that is well suited to climbing plants and will add a lovely feature to the garden making it the best garden arbour seat.
Rowlinsons Haven Corner Arbour Review
The Rowlinsons Haven Corner Arbour is a large and lovely corner arbour that adds a beautiful sheltered seating spot to your garden.
This arbour is really beautiful and is made from good quality wood with metal inserts in the ‘window’ openings. The design is really nice with some lovely decorative elements that makes this a delightful addition to your garden. The large arbour features two seats so will comfortably seat 4 adults with room to spare. The large roof with overhang also provides protection against sun and rain.
This arbour is easy to assemble and comes with all fixings required as well as excellent instructions. It will take two people 2-3 hours to complete the assembly. The arbour comes untreated ready for you to paint or stain to suit your garden theme.
This is a beautifully designed, high-quality arbour that will make a lovely addition to any garden making it the best corner garden arbour seat to accommodate four people.
How to Choose The Best Garden Arbour
Garden arbours provide a lovely spot to sit in the garden offering privacy, shade and protection from the elements. To enhance the experience many have wooden slatted bench seats that recline slightly to provide comfortable seating. For the most comfortable seat, look for an arbour that is made from smooth wood and is sturdy enough to provide plenty of support. The comfort of your arbour will be enhanced by a couple of seat cushions, too.
There are many style of garden arbour available. The design you choose will depend on several factors. Firstly, you will want an arbour that comfortably seats the right amount of people. Most can seat two adults but a few designs create seating space for four so the whole family can enjoy the arbour.
Another factor to consider is whether you want to have your arbour covered with flowers. If you do, then choose one with plenty of trellis so your climbers can easily twine themselves up and over the structure.
Arbours are available in a range of sizes so you can find the best one for your space. Many are quite compact and will fit into even small gardens. Corner arbours offer plenty of seating and make great use of the space in your garden. An arbour with integral storage is handy so you can store cushions and other garden paraphernalia.
Garden arbours are usually made of wood or metal. Both look great in the garden. Wooden arbours usually create the most solid seating as well as a sturdy structure over which to grow plants. Lighter metal options are easier to move around and often very simple to assemble.
Garden arbour are usually made from pressure treated timber as this can resist rot and last for years. If you choose an arbour that is made from timber that is not pressure treated you should treat it every year to provide weather protection. Metal arbours are usually powder coated as this ensures they can stand up to the elements and resist rust for longer.
Garden Arbour FAQs
What is the difference between a pergola and an arbour?
Both pergolas and arbours are outdoor structures, sometimes used to support vines and climbing plants. They are both used in formal gardens, but there’s a few key differences that set them apart.
Pergolas and arbours are both open structures. However, pergolas are typically made with vertical posts and horizontal beams. They may form an archway or a tunnel over a pathway.
Arbours on the other hand are usually made with lattice work or trellis. They mark the entrance to a garden and usually have semi-open sides and a small seating area.
Do you need a base for an arbour?
Ideally, an arbour should be installed on a solid base. It’s not recommended that you install your arbour on grass, as the wood may rot over time. While pressure treated arbours are less likely to rot, it’s safest to install them on a solid base such as slabs, decking or gravel.
If you still want plants to grow up the sides of the arbour, install it on a very small base, so there’s space around the edge for the plants.
What is the best way to secure an arbour to the ground?
If you are installing your arbour into soft ground, I recommend using fence post concrete which can be purchased online or from DIY shops. Each leg should be secured into the ground at a depth of around 30cm, so you will lose some height.
Metal arbours are usually very lightweight, so can be sunk into the ground around 40cm deep.
On hard surfaces such as concrete or slabs, you’ll need to use metal fixing brackets to secure the arch.
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