What To KNow Before You Start Building
The best height of the seat portion of a wooden bench is about 16”.
Although its possible to go as low as 14” or as high as 18”, you will
find that 16” just seems to feel right for most people. If you are
unsure, measure a chair near your kitchen table to see for yourself.
The ideal width of the actual seat also seems be 16”. Although
don’t panic too much if the arrangement of boards you selected results
in a width slightly wider or narrower. Just keep the 16” number in mind.
Bench Seat Slope:
If you are anticipating that people will be sitting for long
periods, consider sloping the actual seat about 1” lower in the back
(over the 16” width). It's subtle but makes a noticeable difference. But
this should only be done if you are including a back to your bench. It
won’t look right without a back.
An ideal slope for a backrest is about 5 degrees, maybe a bit more.
Beyond 10 degrees and it will start looking and feeling like an
Adirondack Chair, without the comfort so don’t bother.
Wood is inherently hard and uncomfortable for sitting on over long
periods of time. So these building tips will alleviate that a bit.
What's The Real Benefit Of This?
By far the most important reason anyone would choose to build benches
around a deck is to enhance the overall look and feel of your space.
Or to get better use out of previously unused areas of and provide basic seating for outdoor gatherings.
If you haven't looked at the pictures of how bench seating can
really make a difference, go back and check out the other article.