Outdoor seating is a great way to bring family and friends together on those warm summer nights and boiling BBQ days. It’s even a great place to relax on those wild winter’s nights, watching the snow fall majestically across your garden.
It’s not a feature that’s achieved with the click of a finger, however. You’ll need the area to be cleared, well-decked and decorated first. Garden seating is a good way to spruce up your outdoor space, and if you’re considering it, why not take the plunge!
Step 1: Choose an area, and clear it
Firstly, and most obviously, you’ll need to choose a suitable area. If your garden is small and space is limited, you won’t have much choice, but if your garden is large, you have some things to consider.
Is your garden on a slope? If so, that could cause problems. Consider levelling out an area of the grass first, that will house your seating area. Sloped gardens make the fixtures harder to secure and put them more at risk from rainfall running downwards.
This aside, once you’ve chosen your area, it’s time to clear it out! Place any rubbish, weeds or plants in the bin. You’ll want to make sure the area is as clear of tree roots as humanly possible. Measure up your area, factoring in how big you’d like your space to be, and get digging!
Step 2: Deck it out!
Any good structure relies on a solid foundation. Your garden decking will be this foundation, and will lay the groundwork upon which your seating will perch. Of course, if you have a certain style of seating in mind or a certain colour, you’ll need to design your decking to match. Also, be sure to leave holes for any electrical cables you may want to feed through to power lights etc.
Step 3: Weather-proof the wood
Your decking will need to be able to withstand the elements, so ensure it’s up to the task. Most decking comes with guarantees and is built to last, but it can’t help to take extra precautions!
Your first port of call will be to protect it from the rain by waterproofing. Painting your wood with oil or varnish is also an excellent defence method, as it fills the pores that would otherwise be filled by water.
Step 4: Install fixed seating, or buy free-standing furniture
Whether you want to integrate your seating directly into the decking, or leave it free-standing, now’s the time to decide. It goes without saying that outdoor furniture shops are your best friends in this step, and you should have a good browse before deciding. It might even be worth waiting until January, to pick up a bargain in those post-holiday sales.
If your furniture is free-standing, it would be a good idea to padlock it to the floor. This stops it being stolen overnight, and stops it from being blown by the wind.
Step 5: Sit back, relax and enjoy
Because you’ve definitely earned it. Good job! You can watch that sunset fade away from the best seat in the house – and outside t