Adding seating in your garden – here’s our tips

Comfortable seating is a key element to fully utilizing and enjoying your garden. You ideally want a relaxing space where you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, or a glass of wine to unwind after a long day. Seating is also a key element for entertaining outdoors. So, instead of plopping a few plastic chairs outside, consider how seating affects the utilization and enjoyment of your garden. We have put together some great tips to keep in mind when it comes to outdoor seating.

How to choose

There are almost unlimited options available for outdoor seating nowadays. With so many different styles and materials available, it can be overwhelming. Decide on a style that you like and that compliments and ties in with the style of your home. Most outdoor seating has been treated for outdoor environments, and usually stands up well to the elements. Just keep in mind that metal and wood might need a little refurbishing every now and then if you live very near the ocean.

Comfort is king

With comfortable seating in place you can be sure your garden gets plenty of use. When shopping for outdoor seating, don’t be shy to try it out and make sure it’s very comfortable. You want to get the best use out of the seating you choose.


Seating works best when you arrange it into small groups that allow people to gather and talk. Consider creating multiple areas for seating. For instance, add a comfortable couch on a patio where you can enjoy your morning coffee, and a few cosy chairs around a pool or braai where you can unwind or entertain. Seating can also be incorporated to emphasize a feature, such as a constructed bench seat around a beautiful tree.

Built-in seating

Constructing built-in seating in your garden is a brilliant way of adding value to your home. You can choose just about any design, shape, style and material. The sky is the limit. Concrete or exposed brick, for instance, last for decades and needs no maintenance. Wood construction has a warm and inviting quality. Just apply a coat of good quality oil based sealant every now and again. Steel has a contemporary edge and works well for an ultra-modern or industrial style. Whatever your option, it’s easy to change the look by simply adding different coloured seat cushions.

Don’t be afraid to decorate

Outdoor seating does have a few unique considerations you’ll want to be aware of. You’ll need to add in other design elements with a variety of patterns, colours and textures to create visual interest. Adding in textiles like accent pillows or an outdoor rug is a great choice because they can bring in lots of visual interest, but can be easily switched out as trends change.

Seating is such a key element to getting the most out of your garden. It is vital to the way you use and entertain outdoors. We hope that we have inspired you to look at outdoor seating in a new way.