Ideas for built-in deck seating

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Ideas for built-in deck seating
Add built-in benches around the deck to provide comfortable outdoor seating. (bench image by FotoWorx from Fotolia.com)

Built-in seating such as deck benches provide a comfortable spot to relax and additional space for entertaining guests. Maximise their utility by installing mulitfunctional seating such as a planter bench, which houses plants while creating a comfortable spot to relax. Boost the comfort level around the deck with outdoor accessories in cheerful, whimsical patterns that echo the colours found in nearby gardens. By creating adequate seating around the space, the deck becomes an extending outdoor living area to enjoy year-round.

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Storage

Create additional space in the built-in deck with storage benches. Built into the bench, storage benches provide added space for storing gardening equipment such as water cans and flowerpots. They help to decrease the amount of clutter around the deck and often have tall backs that help provide back support, an added bonus. For a large deck design, nestle two built-in storage benches side-by-side and around the perimeter of the deck to create the look of one long bench. Add an outdoor table in front of the storage bench to transform the space into an outdoor dining room. For additional storage flank the storage bench with outdoor baskets to store additional items such as grilling equipment.

Planters

To create the look of a garden on the deck add permanent planter benches around the space. Multifunctional, planter benches provide comfortable seating along the deck and a space to house favourite flowers and plants. Made from a variety of different materials including, wood and stone, built-in planter benches are designed around a pair of large pots where instead of legs, the storage bench sits on the pots. Oversized glazed or terra-cotta pots are ideal for the planter bench. Look for wide-lipped pots and ones with a thick wall to ensure a sturdy design. Inside the pot, plant favourite flowers to provide colour and texture to the deck.

Accessories

Incorporate colourful outdoor accessories such as cushions and pillows over the built-in seating to create cosy and inviting display. Choose water-resistant material like canvas to ensure a long life. Tie the pillows down to prevent them from moving around the bench. Accent pillows in bright colours, like reds, yellows and green, provide a burst of colour to the deck and prevent splinters from occurring. Add a pair of cushions over the back of the storage bench for added comfort. Oversized floor pillows provide additional seating on the deck while entertaining.

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