Teak wood is used in making outdoor furniture and other things which require resistance to the elements. Due to its natural durability in extreme weather conditions, and because it is somewhat rare, it makes it ideal for garden benches. Being more expensive than most other woods, teak furniture has become something of a status symbol. It is common for a teak garden bench, chair or table to last 70 years standing out in the elements. Many people love to pass down such furniture to future generations as an heirloom.
One of the biggest benefits in purchasing a teak wood garden bench is the low maintenance required. Although the initial cost can be rather high, the longevity of the teak wood more than makes up for the cost. Teak sealer is often recommended to preserve the natural honey color or to darken the color. The sealer contains UV protection to keep the sun from graying it and also contains a fungicide to prevent the growth of mildew or mold. Sealing as opposed to varnishing, allows the wood to breath.
There are many different styles of garden benches made with teak. Simple backless benches are some of the least expensive. These are designs that you come across in malls and amusement parks. The teak wood can be used alone for the design or with stainless steel. However, many people don’t really like the look of stainless steel with teak, as they feel it makes it look too industrialized.
The most popular bench would probably be the lumbar style bench. These are anywhere from 4 feet to 6 feet. The majority of them had arm rests on both sides with a simple design. The back is curved just about where the small of your back would rest, therefore supporting your back, hence the lumbar style bench. A few have supports underneath where you could rest your feet if you put them under the bench.
When you think of garden benches, you think of stationery simple benches. But how about making a glider out of teak wood? This would be a unique idea in your garden area. There is something about rocking or gliding that soothes a person. Put this glider in a garden, surrounding yourself with many different smells and colors and it would be an ideal hideaway.
How about a teak tree bench? This is created using lengths of curved or angled benches put around the base of a tree. Sitting in the shade, under a tree on a hot summer day, drinking an iced beverage could bring hours of relaxation. Another use for the curved benches would be around a campfire. Although for this you’d want benches that faced towards the inside of the curve.
Although there are some garden benches that are highly ornate, choose one for comfort in order to get the most use out of it.
Anyone that would like to have a comfortable place to sit in their garden or to spruce up the landscape should invest in a garden bench. There is something very inviting about seeing a bench in a beautiful flower garden.
Think how great it would be to sit outside on the bench with your children and grandchildren, who you could pass the bench down to for future generations.
For those seriously considering purchasing a new teak bench for your own garden or outdoor sitting area, the Teak Bench Comparison Table should be helpful.