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    The ultimate patio bench on a budget

    Create a simple patio bench on a budget with breeze blocks

    Create a simple patio bench on a budget with breeze blocks

    With summer rapidly approaching, and most of us dreaming of weekend BBQs, sunbathing and entertaining friends with evening cocktails and garden parties, it’s time to take a serious look at the garden.

    One of the biggest problems with entertaining in your garden, is seating space. Dining room chairs don’t always cut it outdoors and can look a little odd in the informal al fresco environment. They also risk getting scratched – or causing damage to your pattern imprinted concrete patio. But at the same time, you may be reluctant to splash the cash on an expensive garden seating set for occasional entertaining – so what’s the solution?

    Well, how about the ultimate budget patio bench – made from concrete breeze blocks! It’s a DIY enthusiast’s dream and looks really chic when finished. Simply put together the base and sides with concrete breeze blocks, and then fix a wooden plank on top. Once the structure’s in place, add a cut-to-size foam padded cushion, covered with a suitably bright outdoor fabric.

    Your smart new bench will be strong, durable and cost you next to nothing. Concrete breeze blocks can be bought from a variety of builder’s supplies stores, or even DIY stores. The base will be rain proof and winter proof – simply store the fabric covered seating inside when the balmy long evenings of summer draw to an end.

    Certainly for outdoor entertaining at a rock-bottom price, this is a fantastic solution to seating your guests. When it comes to your event, add plenty of brightly coloured cushions, tealight holders in the trees, outdoor solar lamps or a Moroccan lantern or two, and you’ll be fighting your guests for a seat!

    Photo and idea via A Minneapolis Homestead.

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