Comparing Outdoor Benches & Gliders

Outdoor benches and gliders are a logical addition to any walking path or garden, breaking up the space and adding a functional resting place to admire the scenery. Many families buy wider seating options to create conversation spaces and outdoor escapes where they can cuddle up with those they love. Whatever your reason for investing in garden benches or gliders, we can all agree that deciding on the style can be tricky.

Below we break down the main style, size, and feature differences of our outdoor benches and gliders so you can upgrade your garden or yard with confidence. All of our benches and gliders and constructed from POLYWOOD® lumber that won’t splinter, crack, chip, or rot even when exposed to the elements.


Classic Adirondack

Our Classic Adirondack 48” Bench replicates the slanted seat, reduced slat spacing and curved back design of the classic Adirondack chair as a double-seater bench that sits slightly higher from the ground than a traditional Adirondack Chair.

Classic Adirondack 48″ Bench

Incorporate a gentle gliding motion with the Classic Adirondack 48” Glider made for two, complete with oversized armrests so you can stretch out. If you prefer some solitary reflection or a mid-afternoon snooze to yourself go with the Classic Adirondack Glider Chair.

Classic Adirondack 48″ Glider  |  Classic Adirondack Glider Chair


Vineyard

The Vineyard Adirondack Bench has the same approximate measurements as the Classic Adirondack Bench but features a waterfall front and a curved seat for deluxe comfort. The sleek leg profile allows you to place it anywhere in a lush garden, yard or balcony.

Vineyard Adirondack Bench

If you prefer a traditional straight back design you can choose the Vineyard 48” Bench which uses vertical slats and an understated, elegant frame to make an impression while keeping the weight reasonable.

Vineyard 48″ Bench in Vintage Finish

Vineyard 48” Benches pair great with a Newport 18″ End Table when you need a resting place for snacks, beverages, or books. If you simply can’t choose between a bench and a rocker consider outfitting your outdoor space with a Vineyard 5-Piece Bench & Rocking Chair Set that comes with a Newport 18″ End Table and Newport 22″ x 36″ Coffee Table so you can swap stories and enjoy your peaceful outdoor space for hours.

Vineyard 5-Piece Bench & Rocking Chair Set

Traditional Garden

The Traditional Garden 48” Bench contains a slanted back and additional detailing on the legs to differentiate its styling from the Vineyard 48” Bench. As the name implies, the deliberate design evokes the historic benches present in gardens around the world.

Traditional Garden 48″ Bench

Gardens are an idyllic location for meditation, reflection, and reconnecting with nature. Calm your mind with a Traditional Garden 48” Glider that moves effortlessly back and forth.

Traditional Garden 48″ Glider

Particularly narrow paths would do well with a Traditional Garden 48” Backless Bench. The contoured seat provides ample comfort with no need for a standard back.

Traditional Garden 48″ Backless Bench

Rockford

The Rockford 48″ Bench is another great traditional design to choose from, but with a thicker lumber profile perfect for heavy or commercial use. This bench is commonly seen in city parks and downtown sidewalks. As with all of our benches you can choose between a variety of attractive, fade-resistant colors.

Rockford 48″ Bench

Chippendale

Add equal parts elegance and style to any special section of your outdoor area with a Chippendale 48” Bench. The spiraling, zigzagging diagonal slats elevate the design to create an iconic look.

Chippendale 48″ Bench

Benefit from the same bold design while infusing your space with more function by opting for a Chippendale Glider. It still measures 48” across to provide plenty of room for two people and a furry friend to enjoy the outdoors together.

Chippendale Glider
Chippendale Glider

Nautical

The curved lines and form-fitting trademarks of the Nautical Collection are all on display in the Nautical 48” Bench, weighing a sturdy 64 pounds to withstand significant winds and rains throughout the seasons and on the shoreline.

Nautical 48″ Bench

Park

Maybe you’re furnishing more than your own yard — maybe you’re searching for durable and comfortable outdoor seating for an entire park or corporate building. Strike the right tone and provide the perfect retreat with Park 48” Benches scattered along walkways and paths. This spacious, comfy bench is a great match for playgrounds and public land.

Park 48″ Bench

Farmhouse

Looking for a simple option without a back? The Farmhouse 65” Bench creates a charming farmhouse aesthetic with enough seating to easily accommodate two adults or three kids. Give everyone the option to bring a mug of coffee or a scrumptious pastry to your outdoor seating area by placing an 18” Side Table next to your bench — the sleek, modern lines help it pair with seating options ranging from Classic Adirondack Benches to Chippendale Gliders.

Farmhouse 65″ Bench

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