Garden Arbour Seats
Arbour seats provide the perfect relaxation seat and focal point within any garden, and they come in styles that comfortably blend into any outdoor space. Garden arbour seats are essentially an outdoor bench or a pair of benches protected by walls and a roof, similar to a garden arch. They can be wide, tall, or small, with seats accommodating two to six people, and they can make a cosy nook in even the smallest gardens, offering much needed seating space.
There are two main styles of the garden arbour: the flatback seat and the corner seat. Depending on your garden space, one style may be more suitable than the other.
A flatback arbour seat is simply a single bench with a very tall back and an arched roof, providing great protection from the sun. The walls and roof can be made up of a more open lattice work, great for catching a breeze, or they can be made up of solid wooden panels, perfect for providing a little extra shade. Because of their compact size, a flatback arbour can be placed on any wall of your garden, transforming the space into a cosy conversation nook.
Some of our flat-backed arbour seats are made to resemble a half boat garden seat and these make a stylish choice for gardens with a seaside or lakeside theme. Although not made from boats, these arbour seats have high arched roofs, curved in the shape of a ship's bow, and they offer a little more protection from the sun. Alternately, a pergola-style arbour seat has a more open seat plan and an attractive trellis ideal for climbing plants. Either style easily makes a beautiful garden centrepiece.
Corner arbour seats are a great way to make use of redundant corner space in your garden, and you can increase natural seating area easily with a single unit. A corner garden arbour will turn a border wall with sharp corners into an attractive feature at the end of your garden. A small corner arbour can turn a tiny garden into a great space for outdoor entertaining.
Corner seats aren't limited to border fences; they can make a comfortable oasis anywhere you have space that you want to turn into a corner. Some arbour seat designs have fully enclosed sides that offer a lot of shade and are a more affordable and more versatile option than a gazebo, and they can fit comfortably in gardens where gazebos are too big. Pergola-style corner seats are also a popular choice and can make an attractive focal point in your garden.
Forest Garden arbour seats are made with pressure-treated timber that comes with a 15-year guarantee against rot, and they'll make a great permanent features for your garden. Grange arbour seats are also made with pressure-treated timber that's FSC certified, with several styles available that will blend in with any garden.
Arbour seats make an attractive feature suitable for any size garden, but their usefulness really stands out in small spaces. Use two flatback seats together to make a corner arbour that you can separate later for use in a garden with a different layout. An arbour with a storage box is a great place for storing tools, so they are perfect for gardens without space for a shed or a tool store. Pair your arbour with a garden mirror and create an illusion that will open any small space even more.
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