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Outdoor Seating Ideas

Great tips on outdoor seating brought to you by our friend Stacy Risenmay:
Now that the weather is warming up in most areas we will be spending more time outside. Whether you have a small balcony or a large yard, you will need to have a place to sit and relax. Here are some ideas of creative seating for your outdoor space!
Not only does a covered seating area protect you from the harsh sunlight, but it is instantly more cozy and intimate. If you do not have a covered patio or a pergola, here are a couple of options.
You could build a bench with posts and then add fabric as a cover. I love how sturdy and permanent this option is.
This option also uses fabric and seems so rustic and romantic. This could be applied for a permanent covering or as a temporary solution for a party.
If storage is something you need, benches are a good way to serve both your seating a storage needs. This is on my to do list this summer since I have four boys who have endless outdoor toys! There are so many options for every style.This white one has clean lines and is so fresh.
There are even easy DIY plans available if you want to build one yourself. You can add more of your own personal touch and be creative on the use of materials.
I love the look of a stone bench. And with added cushions and pillows it can be a comfortable place to hang out.

And if you want a DIY version, why not try using cinder blocks instead. It is kind of like building blocks for adults!
Another idea I have seen used a lot lately is to pour a cement bench. Some are large square seating areas and others are round. It is a modern take on outdoor seating.
I love using items that might get tossed out to make something new. So I thought these next ideas were really fun.
Old tires can be given a new life as a hanging bench. I think they would be cute as ottomans or side tables as well.
And while bathtub sofas may not be for everyone, they certainly would be a conversation starter! Look at the items you already have and think of new ways you could use them. You may have outdoor seating already and you didn't even know it.
Pallets have become a popular building material lately. And with wood becoming scare in some areas, it is good that we have this option. Pallet benches makes me want to curl up with a good book.
When you think of pallet furniture you may think of something rustic but they can be transformed into any style!
I love bringing things together that may not belong together and finding a way to unify them. Paint is a fabulous way to do that. I bought thrift store chairs and painted them all a different color. When painting wood chairs,make sure they are clean, sand them a little, prime, and then paint using a quality paint that will adhere. You may want to seal them as well with a weather proofing sealant.
This same idea is applied for metal chairs. If you are painting metal make sure you use a wire brush to remove all the lose paint and rust. Use a metal primer and then a paint meant for metal that will be outdoors.
There are so many choices for outdoor seating. Make sure and pick something that fits your own unique style. Add some sunshine, a cool drink, and you are ready to enjoy your outdoor space!

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  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on May 3, 2013

    The bathtub sofas are crazy cool.

  • Jeanine Witherell Eaves
    Jeanine Witherell Eaves La Coste, TX
    on May 3, 2013

    You can never have too much seating outside...great ideas!

  • Heather Domke
    Heather Domke Canada
    on May 3, 2013

    love the seating with storage...great idea

  • Sunny Joy
    Sunny Joy Roswell, GA
    on May 3, 2013

    lovely ideas!

  • Debby Boyle
    Debby Boyle Necedah, WI
    on May 3, 2013

    I love all of them. Great ideas & affordable!!

  • Jan B.
    Jan B. Crossville, TN
    on May 3, 2013

    I have an OLD BATH TUB for sale in great condition. Would enjoy making a seat or lounge but too much for me to do at my age.....

  • Jamala W
    Jamala W Whitmire, SC
    on May 4, 2013

    every one of these are fantastic

  • Julie S
    Julie S Two Rivers, WI
    on May 8, 2013

    How did you hang the cloth over the long seat? When you built the deck, did you have the posts left tall? We put up a deck last year, but all the posts are short. When I showed my husband the picture, he said it would be too hard to add the posts to stick up in the air to hand the cloth from. We used to have a lot of shade out front, but the city trimmed the trees recently....

  • Norfolk, VA
    on May 8, 2013

    @Julie S, we did not make the long seat; this idea was provided to us. But to answer your question, the long seat is actually a large bench which was built separately from the deck. Therefore you would not need to remake your deck, you would just need to build a large bench and in the corners have tall posts instead of short ones, which you could then use to hang cloth over to provide shade. In the image, the bench's seating is lying flat on the deck rather than raised off, the concept is the same as a regular bench though. As for the cloth, it is most likely secured with nails. Hope this explanation helps!

  • Debby Boyle
    Debby Boyle Necedah, WI
    on May 9, 2013

    Love the tub seat. How do you cut it in half? Awesome!!!!

    • Dani
      Dani Summerville, GA
      on Dec 13, 2015

      Check with your local high school sometimes they have a metal shop where they have welding and might cut it for a small fee

  • Chiara Abente
    Chiara Abente Mexico
    on Jul 31, 2013

    Love it!

  • Audenza
    Audenza United Kingdom
    on Oct 25, 2013

    The bath looks amazing! Some great ideas :)

  • Polly Zieper
    Polly Zieper Fort Lauderdale, FL
    on May 12, 2014

    I LOVE the bench built on cinderblocks-is it as easy as itlooks? just the cinderblocks, plywood on top, then the cushion? How many cinderblocks did you use?

  • Denise
    Denise Mobile, AL
    on Sep 1, 2015

    Polly, you will have to "nail down" the blocks so when you sit, they dont slide, and you fall. Che c k with Lowes or a contractor to determine the best adhesive for this.

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