448 Contemporary Outdoor Stools and Benches

Whether you're creating the ultimate outdoor entertainment spot or the perfect garden retreat, benches and stools have a place in every outdoor space. Because these multi-functional furniture pieces come in a variety of contemporary styles, sizes and materials, they can squeeze into any nook and find their way on any patio, porch or deck. Picnic benches are ideal for enjoying the garden scenery, while gliders and rocking benches fit in with the laid-back front porch vibe. Side seating can also add more to your decor, especially garden stools, which have bold colors and fun shapes. As you start your shopping process, here are a couple considerations to keep in mind. More 
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What bench and stool options are available?


Benches are very versatile, so get creative with what you buy and how you use them. Garden stools and smaller pieces work well as side chairs, but they also can function as an end table or art pedestal on your patio, porch or deck. Picnic benches work around an outdoor dining table, or they can be placed in a garden or along a pathway. No front porch would be complete without a glider and rocking bench, while outdoor ottomans can work as foot stools.

What bench material works best outdoors?


Since the furniture will be spending most of its time outside, you want to invest in waterproof and weatherproof materials. While that should be your first consideration, you should also keep in mind what works with your contemporary style preference. Teak, metal and ceramic are popular contemporary choices, while wood and cast iron are often traditional, especially when paired with ornate details and designs. Plastic and aluminum pieces are often more affordable, though not as heavy duty as other materials.
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