Published at Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Bench Design. By Tami Buckley.
Considering a garden as an outdoor room is nothing new to garden designers. The concept is just now making its way into the public consciousness. But just what are outdoor living rooms? Are they places where you try to recreate your indoor living room outdoors? No, not exactly. Are they places like your deck, patio or terrace where you just plop down a set of furniture and hope that youll feel like spending time out there? No, that wont do either. An outdoor living room is a space outside of your house, built with materials suitable to the outdoors, where you will actually want to spend time! Its also a state of mind, the idea of living life outdoors.
First lets discuss: What is a room? Basically its an enclosed space. There are walls, a ceiling and a floor, some windows and a few doors. Even if your house has an open floor plan where you have one or two large interconnected rooms, rather than a series of smaller rooms, there are areas within those large rooms that are partially enclosed, not with walls, but with elements like decorative screens, potted plants, or bookshelves. This sense of being enclosed, thus protected, is what makes a room comfortable to be in. There are other things that bring a feeling of comfort but they are secondary to this primary sense of enclosure.
When shopping for indoor benches, there are some things to keep in mind. First, where are you planning to put the bench. If its in an entryway, you may want to go with a bench that has storage under the seat so you can hide away winter gloves and hats. A classic hall tree is another good choice, as many have a built in seat so you can change in and out of your shoes. If your planning to put use indoor benches in your halls, youll want to be sure you pick styles that dont impede movement through the space. Nothings worse than being tagged out by a bench in the middle of the night during a trip to the kitchen.
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