Our Guide to Caring for your Garden Bench
April 14, 2021

A garden bench can serve as comfortable seating when you want to relax outside, whether alone or with family or friends. This piece of furniture will withstand the test of time and outdoor space, if you give it suitable care and protection. Here are some quick, simple and inexpensive ways to effectively look after your garden bench.

How to varnish a garden bench

If your bench is a hardwood one, varnishing it will bring out the wood’s unique grain features. You should first strip away any old varnish still on the wood – as otherwise, the new varnish will struggle to stick. 

Once you have thoroughly stripped, rinsed, dried and sanded your bench, you should apply a varnish specifically made for hardwood and exterior applications. Better still, we would urge you to add an epoxy layer first, as this will help keep the varnish coating intact for years.

How to paint a garden bench

Painting a garden bench is a matter of cleaning its surface, sanding this, applying primer, adding a top coat of paint, going over this with a weatherproof sealer, and then leaving the bench to dry.  

  • Which paint to choose?

You can highlight a wooden bench’s natural beauty with a translucent wooden stain in brown. Dark paint finishes suit elegant outdoor spaces, although white often makes the best garden paint bench colour.

How to personalise your bench

Leave your mark – quite literally – on your bench with this engraver kit. Use this product to etch an engraving on any wooden, metal or plastic garden bench – whether you would like the bench to show your name, someone else’s, a special date or anything else in letters, numbers or even symbols.

How to treat your garden bench

There’s always something you can do to help preserve your bench, whether it’s made of wood, plastic or metal.  

If your bench is a hardwood one, teak oil is a great garden bench treatment for replacing the sheen that the hardwood may have lost to weathering over time. 

A metal bench can be treated with multi-purpose drip oil, while this eucalyptus-scented, multi-purpose cleaner, containing an abundance of essential oils, works well on plastic. We also stock a wide range of exterior woodcare products and all-purpose cleaners

How to restore a garden bench

If the slats forming your bench’s seating area incur damage, replace them with a hardwood intended for outdoor use.

How to protect your garden bench from the weather

The weather can threaten the condition of any item – including your garden bench – installed in your outdoor space. Thankfully, though, you can varnish or oil the bench – or put a protective cover over it – to help shield it from the adverse effects of rain, wind or winter weather. 

When your outdoor furniture isn’t in use, this garden bench cover made from heavy-duty polyethylene can provide a high standard of garden bench protection.

How to secure a garden bench from theft

Unfortunately, if you really like the look of your bench, a budding thief probably does, too. Losing something to theft can leave you discomforted, but you can prevent it from happening by using L-shaped anchor brackets to secure the bench to a hard surface, such as a concrete platform.

Using four screws, firmly attach one of these anchor brackets to your wooden, plastic or metal garden bench. Any unscrupulous person who later attempts to loosen your bench would struggle to do so before they simply give up. 

What to remember about caring for a garden bench 

All in all, remember to keep your garden bench anchored to the ground, repair and clean the bench as and when necessary, and use suitable cleaning products and protective covers on this versatile piece of furniture.