Bench seating ideas for a wood deck

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Bench seating ideas for a wood deck
Benches provide a natural and rustic seating option around a wood deck. (bench image by FotoWorx from

Decks are often the gathering space for festivities, like birthdays and outdoor grill parties. Having adequate seating is essential to keeping the space comfortable. Whether the deck is large or small, installing benches provides an affordable and easy-to-maintain seating solution. Tucked along the deck periphery, the deck space is kept open and the traffic moving. Adding outdoor seating also draws you outdoors to enjoy a warm summer night or cool fall evening.

Planter Bench

Why not add bench seating along the wood deck that is multifunctional. A planter bench provides outdoor seating along the deck and a home for favourite plants and flowers. Made from a wide range of materials, including wood, plastic or stone, planter benches are designed around a pair of oversized containers where instead of legs, the bench sits on the pots. The flowers within the containers provide colour and texture to the wood deck. Planter benches are versatile and can be moved around the wood deck, if needed, to create a focal point for the space.

Storage Bench

Tuck a wooden storage bench along the wood deck to provide a comfortable seating space to admire the landscape and hide gardening equipment, like hoses and watering cans. Wooden storage benches add to a natural design display while decreasing the amount of visible clutter. Storage benches often have backs to provide guests with back support. For a large deck design, situate two or more storage benches side by side to create the look of one long bench.

Makeshift Bench

Create a bench for kids with a pair of crates or breeze blocks. Low to the ground, they are just the right height for the little ones and are also budget-friendly. Place three to four crates or breeze blocks side by side to create the makeshift bench. Store them away for the next party to keep the deck looking spacious. Try painting them in bright colours that accent surrounding plants and outdoor accessories.


Accessories are essential to the bench to make them more comfortable and create a cosy and homey display. Benches with backs, like storage benches, are made more comfortable with a pair of cushions attached to the back of the bench. Weatherproof material like canvas, tied down to prevent the pillow from moving, works well as a durable and long-lasting accessory. Square pillows in bright and bold colours, like reds, oranges and yellows, not only help to prevent scratches and splinters but provide bursts of colour throughout the space.

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