Consuelo Clarke. Benches. January 30th , 2018.
Garden benches can be a great addition to any yard as they will give you a place to sit and relax and look over your garden. Here are a few tips for what to look for when purchasing a garden bench. o Look at the bench material - Many Garden benches are made of wood and you must know what type of wood as they do not all last the same amount of time or look the same. Pine wood looks great but it will not last a long time. Some of the better woods for benches are cedar, redwood or cypress. Teak is one of the better choices for wood as it lasts a long time and has a great silvery shine over time. But teak is also one of the more expensive woods. Metal benches and concrete benches are more durable, especially to the elements, but they are also not as comfortable as wooden benches.
A Jansen artist bench is the Cadillac of benches, and it is reflected in the price. Compared to other benches however, even those made by other American manufacturers, it is definitely worth the price, and like everything else is life, you get what you pay for. Take into account, that their benches are meant to last for many years, if not decades (they do use a thick, heavy duty polyester foam which will not break down), and that you are placing the piano bench next to a multi-thousand dollar instrument. When the piano is the focal point of your room, you do not want to put something cheap next to it, and putting a cheap bench next to a Steinway piano, it will definitely stick out.
The first is a stationary grand piano bench (Duet Bench) is 35 inches wide and 19 inches high. With the duet bench the width is proportioned to the size of the piano and the bench will easily seat two people. The traditional standard upright bench is 30 inches wide by 19 inches high and is a fine piece of furniture to use with all upright pianos. For smaller pianos such as spinets, I would consider a 25-inch-wide piano/keyboard bench to be just the right size. I will often recommend an adjustable bench for families (and teachers) with multiple players and pianists concerned with posture might select an adjustable or a high level Artists bench.
Hall Tree Benches If your residence does not have an entryway closet, it can easily become a mess of coats and hats all piled one on top of the other. Having someplace to put these items can be resolved by using a hall tree bench. An excellent small entryway bench, these benches come in different sizes and have a seat to make it easy to remove shoes or boots. They have decorative backs and the entire look of these units is one of a great piece of furniture. If the foyer should be too small to small for placement of a hall tree bench, the fashionable design of these units will see them looking at home in the living room or family room. If you happen to be lucky enough to have a mudroom, there is no better place for the hall tree benches.
Remember that outdoor benches will still show some age, even if you apply protectant year after year, so expect a little bit of color change, no matter what kind of steps you are taking to protect the bench. Weathered Teak Of course many people really enjoy the look of weathered teak, so many of these steps will not be necessary if you prefer to enjoy the grey teak. It takes several months for teak to fade from its original light brown color into grey, although this may happen a bit sooner if the bench is an outdoor bench. Just remember that teak will always be durable and resist splitting, even after it begins to have that beautiful grey weathered look.
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