No one has ever gone into their backyard and thought, “Wow, there are just too many places to sit!” In fact, it seems to be the opposite! It feels like no matter how prepared you are, there is always one guest standing awkwardly between two ferns.
First and foremost, outdoor benches offer more seating for you and your guests. But outdoor benches serve more purposes than just that!
A bench on your front porch encourages your guests to take their shoes off before coming inside. A bench in your garden invites you to take a relaxing escape after pulling weeds all day. Outdoor benches also serve as a functional seating solution for outdoor dining tables.
No matter how you’ll be using your additional seating, we’ve found some of the best outdoor benches that deserve a place in your backyard.
Reclaimed Wood Herringbone Outdoor Bench
Crafted out of reclaimed pallets, this rustic outdoor bench is handmade and made to order. Each bench is unique depending on the finish and texture of the pallets. The herringbone pattern is stylish and modern while still feeling rustic with the reclaimed wood.
Mid-Century Modern-Inspired Outdoor Bench
Available in a dark gray or ash gray, this mid-century modern-inspired outdoor bench is made out of Acacia wood and would be a good fit for a variety of outdoor furniture cushions.
Reclaimed Wood Pipe Outdoor Bench
One of the most popular trends in interior design right now is pipe shelves. Why not take that industrial vibe outdoors with a reclaimed wood and pipe outdoor bench? Each bench is unique and will become quite the statement piece.
Shou Sugi Ban Outdoor Bench
Made out of Western red cedar, this outdoor bench is treated with a shou sugi ban (charred wood) finish for a unique and weather-resistant look. The clean, timeless design of this bench is finished with a 100% sustainable, petroleum-free oil finish.
Acacia Wood Outdoor Bench
Each one of these Acacia benches is unique with their own knots and wood detail. The clean, sharp lines are modern yet rustic and would fit in well with a farmhouse-style decor.
Driftwood Outdoor Bench
Made out of driftwood from the Maine coast, these outdoor benches are each uniquely shaped depending on the wood. You’ll find yourself daydreaming of a long summer day at the beach!
Iron Geometric Outdoor Bench
For a sleek and modern outdoor bench, check out this tall-back iron option that seats two. Add some floral or striped outdoor furniture cushions for an even comfier seat.
Adirondack Chair Outdoor Bench
Do you love your Adirondack chairs but want to cozy up next to someone you love? Check out this Adirondack bench that comfortably seats two.
Rustic Outdoor Bench With Pop-Up Center Table
Don’t you just hate when you finally get settled in a comfy seat with your coffee and a good book, only to remember you have nowhere to put your cup? That will never be a problem again with this outdoor bench that has a pop-up center table! Available in a light and dark grey, this bench is made out of Acacia wood.
Modern Industrial Outdoor Bench
Made out of Ipe wood and steel, this outdoor bench is a good cross between a rustic and industrial style.
Heavy-Duty Pressure-Treated Outdoor Bench
This heavy-duty outdoor bench is available in five different finishes and lengths of 4 or 5 feet. Made in the USA, this handmade Amish bench is built to stand the test of time.
Ash Gray Rustic Outdoor Bench
This bench is a bit more traditional and is available in gray, blue, and natural wood. It sits three people, making it a bit larger than some of the other options on this list.
Custom Outdoor Bench
This Etsy listing is a bit open-ended, allowing for much more customization than other pre-made benches. In general, the bench is made out of birch, but the seller mentions that they can customize it with a different wood and stain depending on the customer’s needs.
Teak Wood Gliding Outdoor Bench
Ah, nothing quite like kicking back and relaxing on a gliding bench. This teak wood bench comes with a cushion, too!
Modern Outdoor Bench
If you prefer something a bit more modern, check out this outdoor bench. Made out of a variety of woods, this bench can be customized to all sorts of sizes. They pair well with some hostas, too!
Wine Barrel Outdoor Bench
If you’re looking for an outdoor bench with a story to tell, check out this wine barrel outdoor bench. Made out of retired Napa Valley wine barrels, this bench is available in a variety of finishes and the red wine stains add a unique touch.
Wire Outdoor Bench
Resembling a modern art piece, this wire bench is made out of carbon steel and is available in raw, satin clear, and black. You also have a few different sizes to choose from.
Eucalyptus Outdoor Picnic Bench
For a classic and simple look check out this FSC-certified outdoor bench.
Wood Planter Outdoor Bench
You really can’t go wrong with a comfy seat and more planters.
Acacia Wooden Garden Bench
If you need a bench that will take a serious beating from the sun, check out this Acacia wood bench. Finished with an all-weather and water-resistant treatment, this bench is UV-protected to ensure that the bench will hold up to the heat of summer.
Antique Bronze Cast Aluminum Patio Bench
If you’re wanting a bench that is low maintenance with an antique feel, check out this bronze cast aluminum bench. Reviewers mention that this bench is surprisingly light yet sturdy.
Outdoor Bench Loveseat With Cushion
This loveseat is the perfect place to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of coffee. Perhaps a fire pit table is in order?
Fiber Clay Concrete Garden Bench
Though this bench may look like it’s made out of hand-poured concrete, it’s actually made out of fiber clay! This makes the bench much lighter without sacrificing the traditional concrete style.
Teak Wood Outdoor Bench
For a balance between traditional and modern, check out this teak wood bench. The modern hairpin legs combine with the traditional wood planks to create a unique outdoor bench.
Shabby Chic Outdoor Bench
Outdoor Bench Cost
Outdoor benches available for sale online range in cost from approximately $60 to $700. Most outdoor benches fall in the $100 to $400 range. The most important factors in the cost of outdoor benches are:
- Whether it’s handmade or not
- Custom vs. Prebuilt
The least expensive outdoor bench we’d recommend is this Acacia wood garden bench. The cost is low because the material is relatively cheap to produce, and the bench is only 4.5 feet long.
The most expensive bench on our list is the modern industrial outdoor bench. The cost is high because the bench is 8 feet long, it’s handmade, and the wood is more expensive.