There is nothing more pleasant after a long hot day than to sit in the shade of trees on a comfortable bench and just relax, enjoying the coolness and singing of birds. Or spend time in a big company of friends in your summer residence. In any case, you need to think about where to put all your guests. Keep in the back room a large number of folding chairs and for money is expensive, and not entirely convenient. It is much more practical to build a large comfortable bench once. To do this, do not necessarily seek help from specialists. In this article, we will look at 5 ways to make a garden bench for your own dacha. This will not only help to significantly reduce the amount of necessary funds, but will also provide an opportunity to show imagination and make your bench truly unique.
1. GENERAL ADVICE
The bench on the site is its inalienable attribute, and the process of its manufacture is often very interesting and informative. Like any other project, the construction of a bench or a full bench must begin with the development of an accurate drawing with all sizes. For what it is necessary:
In the process of creating a working sketch, you can accurately determine the necessary size of the bench. To rely on the number of people who are supposed to be sitting on it. It is better to make it a bit longer, or add one spare place to the desired length just in case, than then look for an extra chair for an unexpected guest.
When you see the final version of the drawing with all the dimensions, it will be much easier for you to calculate how much material you need.
And, of course, the drawing is an excellent way of visualization, which will help to correct the appearance of the finished product if necessary.
To make it easier for you to determine the main dimensions, we will give an example of the generally accepted sizes that will allow creating a comfortable product. So:
The height of the seating position should lie in the range of 45-55 cm from the floor, depending on the average growth of all users. This height is optimal, because the knees bent at the knees will form the correct angle, approximately equal to 90 degrees. It will be convenient for you to sit down and get up. If you make the seat below, then the position of the spine during sitting will be wrong, and the knees will be higher than the required point. Elderly will not be easy to get up from this situation.
The depth of the seat is most convenient if it is 50-60 cm. This allows you to take a comfortable position and relieve the load from the back and knees while sitting.
The height of the back, if this is planned, should reach the level of the blades. It is approximately 40-50 cm depending on the height of the person. On such a backrest it will be convenient to lean back, and even after spending a long time on the bench, the back will not become numb.
These norms are not mandatory. These are only standard indicators that are used by furniture factories in production and are designed for the parameters of the average person. It is possible that it will be uncomfortable for you at such a size. To work in the end did not come to naught, you can start from the dimensions of your favorite chair, from which you must first take measurements.
An important role is played by the shape of the future bench. The choice is not great, only three options, but they all have distinctive differences:
A direct bench is the most common and easy-to-execute option. If you creatively approach the process, it can look very beautiful and modern. Such a bench can accommodate a decent number of people, provided there are additional supports. The main disadvantage is that with this arrangement of people, there is practically no eye contact. That is why such benches can be found in public places – parks, train stations, near theaters. They have a friendly conversation only with a short length, when people, sitting on the floor of a turn, can look at each other.
A bench in the shape of the letter “P” is a good option for a large company. Such a bench can be placed in a gazebo, around a small artificial pond, a beautiful flower bed or around a campfire pit. All guests will see each other because of its shape. The capacity of this model is very large. Its only drawback is that it takes up much more space than the previous version. But if you have it, then in time, personally make sure of the convenience.
The semicircular shape of the bench has practically the same advantages and disadvantages as the model above with one difference. The place of rounding, where the radius will be the largest, is much more convenient to use as a full seat than the angle of 90 degrees.
From the foregoing it is clear that the determining criterion affecting the choice of form will be the number of people and your personal aesthetic preferences.