STREETLIFE Wooden Public Bench
Coordinating the style and material of benches with other street furniture can help create or reinforce the identity of a public space. Historic city centers tend to favor more traditional public bench designs. For new urban projects, a wide variety of playful original and contemporary designs are available in both classic and contemporary materials. Ensure that the material and finish you choose is appropriate for the weather conditions as this can affect user comfort and maintenance.
Wooden benches are a great choice for traditional or natural design schemes and are considered quite comfortable. However, they often require more maintenance than other materials as they might need to be recoated with weather-protecting varnishes or sealants.
Metal benches such as steel and cast iron are often powder coated to increase robustness, weather/corrosion resistance and comfort. This also facilitates maintenance. They can be combined with other seating materials such as wood and plastic to add to the design or improve comfort. Aluminum is a high-strength, lightweight metal that does not rust, so it’s easy to maintain and a good choice for coastal environments.
Concrete benches are heavy and low maintenance which make them advantageous for permanent, robust installations. As with metal, concrete structures may be combined with other seating materials such as wood or plastic to improve comfort.
Plastic benches are available in a wide number of colors and shapes, from seamless organic forms to imitation wooden slats made out of recycled plastics. Often used with metal supporting structures, the advantages of plastic seating include comfort and ease of maintenance.