5 clever garden seating ideas that make the most of space – and look fab

Looking for garden seating ideas that can streamline a small garden, be a focal point in a garden of any size and that are just darned good looking? Search no further...

Garden seating Blundell house
(Image credit: Jemma Watts)

If you're looking to introduce new garden seating ideas to your garden, look no further than these clever takes. Some are built-in and will need a competent DIYer or builder to complete – but will last forever and make a small garden or patio space feel larger; others are simple paint jobs you can complete yourself in under an hour; others are free to make with found materials...

So, keep scrolling for great garden seating ideas you can copy for your garden to make it the staycation haven you know you want it to be. For more great garden ideas, don't miss our guide.

1. Make your own garden seating with pallets and loose cushions

Lovatt thatched cottage pallet seating area

(Image credit: Future / Brent Darby / Styling Pippa Blenkinsop)

How simple is this idea? The homeowner simple took old pallets, piled them up (with the odd screw to secure them together) and piled cushions and throws on to them to make them comfy. The back rest? More pallets. See the rest of this gorgeous garden – and the house – (it's really worth it) in our feature. And find out how to make pallet furniture in our simple step by step guide.

2. Create a view with a garden arbour covered in blooms

Arbour with a seat under in a woodland garden

(Image credit: Leigh Clapp)

The upsides of garden seating like this? You don't need a big garden to fit it in because its footprint is tiny; it can make a small garden and a large garden feel well designed because it can be a focal point that's pretty to look at from indoors; it creates a shady spot that's lovely to sit in; and it's the perfect structure for growing climbers over. Convinced? Find tons of lovely garden arbours like this on Primrose.

3. Build in garden seating for a streamlined space

Georgia and Matt Blundell's extended Victorian home in Blackheath, London, shows design flair and practicality can go hand in hand

(Image credit: Jemma Watts)

Sooo much to love about this garden seating: its wraparound, built-in construction makes it really space efficient in a small garden – or on a patio that you want to look neat; it's built with cheap but good looking materials; and it's perfect for a family or social gatherings. 

See more of this garden and house in our feature. 

4. Paint a basic garden bench to match your scheme

Maxine Brady transformed her small garden into a Moroccan-inspired haven

(Image credit: Fiona Walker-Arnott)

Need we say more? It doesn't take much budget, time or paint to transform a basic bench like this. The trick is to choose a colour scheme that complements not just your garden woodwork or furniture, but the pots and planting, too. If it can co-ordinate with the colours in the room that leads on to the garden, all the better too. 

See more of this Moroccan inspired urban oasis in our feature. Find a bench like this at B&Q.

5. Build garden seating with storage hidden inside

Cuprinol garden decking ideas

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Built using fencing materials, this garden bench arrangement is perfect for small gardens, patios and decks, but actually hides away a ton of storage space under the lift-up lids of the bench seating so that the space can be kept neat – especially if you don't have a shed or space for a storage box. Clever, eh?

For more garden storage ideas, don't miss our guide.