A garden bench is somewhere to stop and pause for a little, to rest, to reflect. I’ve wanted a bench for ages. Sometimes you can slot a bench into a garden where you couldn’t fit a big set of garden chairs or something. At our old house I had a spot in mind for a bench which would have been lovely and secluded (once H had outgrown his climbing frame that is). At the current house there is a place that has been crying out for a bench for ages, in fact I very nearly bought one in Barmouth the other year that I spotted in an antiques shop. I’m not sure why I didn’t. I was concerned that I hadn’t measured up the spot, but in truth it was a pretty small bench so it would have fitted into any slot that was big enough to be suitable for a bench.
Anyway Sloane and Son’s asked if I’d like to try out one of their benches and it seemed made to be. I picked out this one with an Oxford Cross Weave Back, as I thought the shape of the back would look good against the horizontals of my brickwork. What do you think?
The bench came flat-packed and it wasn’t too heavy to manoeuvre single-handed into the garden, but it is a smaller size of bench. The instructions were clear and simple and I was able to build the bench in less than 10 minutes. I used a lump hammer (it was what I had to hand) and a screwdriver (Philips/crosshead). Basically there are 12 wooden dowels that you have to push into the wood. I pushed them in by hand, but they needed a few bangs to go in all the way. Then there were 4 screws. It really was very simple.
My bench is made from teak and the wood comes from a Trees 4 Trees fully sustainable manufacturing facility in the Far East. I received a unique reference number card with my bench, this will allows me to track the wood used all the way back to the fully sustainable forest that it was originally harvested from. Teak is a hard-wearing wood and I think my bench will last me a long time.