Built In Patio Benches For Urban Spaces

Urban condo patios benefit from beautiful built in benches too.

An urban backyard patio

Imagine this concrete and paver stone patio without the warmth of these wood benches.

Kind of bare and cold don't you think?

So I turned this previously bare space into a focal point with these attractive benches.

They were built right into the corner of the concrete flower beds.

With a few common sense building techniques, they were ready to shed water, stay drier and last a whole lot longer.

Detailed Diagrams Showing What Was Involved

The key point to remember when you are attaching any wood structure to a concrete wall is to create air flow at all moisture contact points. Concrete is porous and wicks water. So you want to keep the wood away from it a bit and dry.

Detail of how to attach a bench bracket to a concrete wall

This particular design will withstand heavy rain and humidity for years to come because the bench support brackets never touch the concrete.

In this case, the location was wet and rainy Vancouver, BC. I know it can be nice and dry for months at a time during the summer but the winters are WET.

So here was a solution I used and the benches are still in great shape over nine years later.

Building Gaps Between Deck Bench Boards

Creating air spaces between each board allows water egress

Corner benches can use this building technique very well.

It's a herring bone technique that is visually pleasing and eliminate 45 degree miter cuts which always expand and shrink irregularly over time.

Notice how each board (2x2s)in the bench seat is separated by a 1/8" shim rather than simply nailing each board together.

This building technique should be used where ever possible.

It is imperative that you create air space around each board - as much as possible otherwise once the rain comes all the water will sit on each board and saturate them. Then the rotting process begins.

The result is a set of built in patio benches that are ready for what Mother Nature can throw at them.

But this applies not just to the wet Pacific Northwest but also to humid areas in the east as well. Places like Georgia, North Carolina, even New York State can have a lot of wet humid weather for much of the year.

Keep this in mind.

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