Metal Design Furniture and the History of Garden Benches

Garden benches are something we all know and, at Metal Design Furniture, love – they come in all shapes and sizes, made from wood, stone or metal, simple and rustic or elaborate and elegant. But garden benches were not always so common and in fact have a long and interesting history behind them – who knew?

Garden benches met popular demand in the mid-nineteenth century with the rise of attractions such as public parks and piers – and the masses simply demanded a place to sit and rest after a long day!

1700s-1800s Bench. Image Credit: liveauctioneers.com

Initially, benches were not attractive, refined or comfortable… but thankfully, they were slowly being designed to provide both comfort and a subtle aesthetic.

Garden benches are an essential part of any garden – they act not only as a place of rest or relaxation, but also often as a decorative piece! A Telegraph article suggests that you match the size of your bench to the size of your home, so that your garden remains proportional and balanced. You might also wish to choose a different style of bench according to the way your home looks and is decorated.

Thankfully, at Metal Design Furniture we have a range of garden benches, with different styles to correspond with your taste – to find out more, look out for next week’s post!

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