It’s summertime and a lot of us are spending more time outside than inside. One of few things that drive people indoors is the inability to lounge outside the way they do in the living room. Outdoor seating is a perfect solution to this. Seating arrangements aren’t limited to the typical patio set. Consider some of these outdoor seating area ideas to gain the maximum seating capacity and comfort for all guests.
Test your seats before you buy them. Take note of the back height on the bench. The point of a seat is to relax and sit back. If you can’t sit back or rest your neck because you have a hard panel edging your shoulder blades, you won’t be sitting long.
Swinging benches are probably the most adorable traditional outdoor seating in existence. Unfortunately, most benches have a three-person maximum and are not ideal for gatherings. Don’t let this be the only seat on your front porch.
Non-swinging Benches are always a win. They are quaint and can be used on a porch, patio, front yard, or randomly in the garden. Benches can be as comfortable as you wish.
A basket-weave bench has a little bit of give and provides more comfort than a stiff stone or wooden bench. It also gives a cottage-like appearance.
If you are partial to the stone or wooden look, these can be made comfortable as well. Cushions are all you need. The problem with this is that cushions can be destroyed in the rain. I don’t know anyone who wants to sit on a stinky musty cushion. To solve this, make the bench with storage in the base to store the cushion. People will be more likely to care for the cushions properly if the storage is directly available.
Hay Barrels may seem primitive but they are much more comfortable than you may anticipate. Hay barrels are relatively inexpensive, easy to find, easy to move and easy to recycle outdoor seating idea. They are a totally eco-friendly seating option. One of my childhood friends always had hay barrels placed around the yard. They are especially handy if you have a very large yard with numerous seating areas. You could place a few of the soft hay blocks in the backyard, gardens, or around a fire pit. It gives a campground field that’s perfect for socializing.
Just remember to keep it comfortable and in a logical arrangement. Where do most people hang out at your house? Who is hanging out with who? Do you need a section for the ladies to gossip and the kids to play? Get a number and function in your mind prior to shopping for outdoor seating.