Take A Seat, Vialii Style

Monday, 22 February 2016

At Vialii, when we design your garden we think about EVERY last detail. From the garden structure, where the sunny parts are, what plants will work best, what time you have to maintain the garden, what style you like, we think about it all. And one of the most important elements is the garden seat. We don’t just chuck in a garden bench and hope for the best. Here are some of the ways we have incorporated a seat or two into the gardens we have designed…

Tree seat

Our bespoke seat under our cherry tree was a perfect spot for a drink on our wedding day

Whilst a nice garden bench or a well designed table and chairs can be a real asset to a garden, sometimes that just isn’t enough. Whether it’s clever solutions where additional seating is required or a strong design statement within the garden we have some great ideas to share.

1. This bespoke seating was a combination of rendered blockwork topped with hard wood. Planting has been incorporated to soften the look and provide a lovely aroma as you relax there.

Rendered seat with hardwood finish

A bespoke rendered seat with hardwood finish

2. Timber seating has been built between these colourful troughs to provide additional seating to the decked area when entertaining. The benches are long enough to lounge on so throw down some comfy cushions on a sunny day for a perfect spot to lie or have a seat in the sun.

In-built seating in a colourful deck

In-built seating in a colourful deck


3. A curving bench around an old tree is a perfect to maximise space and make a feature of nature’s finest offering. This meandering bench is both a wonderful focal point on the edge of the patio as well as a practical additional seat. 

Curving bench under a tree

Curving bench under a tree

4. Another example of bespoke timber seat being a great way to maximise space on a decked area. Perfect for entertaining.

Perfect place to relax

Perfect place to relax

5. If you prefer a more traditional look you can’t get much better than this dry-stane wall which incorporates seating. Perfect for a sunny corner of the garden. A wonderful use of natural materials and keeping some amazing skills alive.

Dry stone seating area

Dry stone seating area

6. Here we added some timber seating between some natural stone troughs, again adding some valuable additional seating to the dining patio. A simple but very effective solution.

Benches between natural stone troughs

Benches between natural stone troughs

7. Our last seat to show you is not one that we built but we did include it in one of our designs. In the design for Provost’s Park in Bridge of Allan, we included an ecclesiastical garden as a reminder that the site used to be the location of the old United Presbyterian Church. These pews were salvaged from one of the other churches in Bridge of Allan and are a wonderful memento of times gone by.

Old church pews given a new lease of life

Old church pews given a new lease of life

So if you want to rethink how you relax in your garden this summer, why not get in touch to discuss what would work best in your own garden.

Thanks for reading,

All at Vialii


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