The owners of suburban areas try to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Garden furniture made of unusual materials will help you to do this comfortably.
During the winter, we get tired of cramped and stuffy rooms and, leaving for the dacha, we strive to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Sunbathing and swimming, drinking tea in the garden under the apple trees, arranging friendly gatherings by the fire with barbecue or just napping in a hammock – we try not to miss a single fine summer day. Of course, all this can be done just like that, on the grass.
Non-standard materials for country furniture
- Monumental furniture
- Concrete furniture
- Turf is not only a lawn
But a modern person is accustomed to using furniture: it is more comfortable for him to sit on special supports – chairs or benches, to work or dine – at a table. And in nature, he strives to surround himself with familiar and comfortable objects.
But there are usually many problems with country furniture: it is often impossible to leave it in the rain, in winter it needs to be stored somewhere. Therefore, stationary garden furniture made from natural materials – turf, stone or concrete – will be an excellent solution: it will fulfill its function and will become a decorative addition to the design of the site.
Stone is a traditional material for garden compositions. About stone furniture sets, a little is mentioned in the article Natural stone in design: sculpture, furniture, art objects for decorating the site.
Used in a utilitarian way, stone or concrete objects are not ordinary furniture that can be easily changed if out of fashion, or simply shoved into the attic and forgotten.
A stone bench cannot be easily transferred from place to place without the use of special equipment or at least the efforts of several people. When setting up monumental garden furniture for yourself, it is better to think over in advance the general composition so that it fits into the design of the site.
Benches and a table made of stone can be made in the style of the decoration of the fence or the house itself, supplemented with elements of metal or wood. It’s good when utilitarian items are effectively combined with plants. Most importantly, garden furniture should maintain a consistent design style for the site.
To make a bench or table from stone, it is not necessary to turn to master stone cutters or buy expensive and rare varieties of granite or marble. The natural beauty of the stone lies in a simple cobblestone, a lump of limestone or sandstone. And the options offered as an example are quite available for independent implementation.
Interesting varieties of garden furniture using natural stone are opened by another fashionable trend in landscape design – gabions.
The metal nets can be filled with any available stones and used as a bench seat or underframe.
Concrete is perceived by many exclusively as a building material for a foundation or blind area. But sculptors have long “laid eyes” on this material – plastic, like clay, and strong, like stone. For example, the tallest statue of Russia and Europe, created by E. Vuchetich 85-meter “Motherland” on Mamayev Kurgan, is made of 5.5 thousand tons of concrete.
Now designers have also paid attention to this material: the manufacture of furniture from concrete is becoming an increasingly fashionable direction. And the garden furniture is just made for him. You don’t have to worry that a gust of wind will turn the table or bench over. And special additives that increase the number of cycles of material frost resistance make concrete products resistant to weather loads.
For those who are not too fond of straight lines and chopped silhouettes, the same set can take a slightly different shape, as in the photo below. And if you don’t want to mess around with the solution, you can take advantage of the proposals of manufacturers who make a semi-finished product in the “just add water” style – a concrete canvas.
The concrete surface can be polished to a mirror-like state or made textured, painted or left in its original laconic gray color: this material is diverse, it is truly a godsend for designers. And besides: although concrete is an artificial material, it is quite suitable for the definition of “eco”, because cement (one of the main constituents of concrete, in addition to sand) is made from gypsum, limestone and clay.
Among the seven-day students there are connoisseurs of this interesting material. For those who are not yet familiar with Victoria’s creative projects, I recommend: Patio as a work of art (as I did a sitting corner in the garden).
Turf is not only a lawn
For the manufacture of garden furniture, you can also use materials that at first glance are not at all intended for furniture business. But this is only at first glance. Turf furniture is a piece of furniture under the motto “Not a single piece of land without greenery!” Just what you need for a summer residence.
Sod benches appeared, probably, at the same time as the gardens themselves. They were especially popular in the era of regular (formal) gardens.
To arrange a green bench or a whole sofa, you first need to create a base. Depending on the chosen design and shape, bricks or blocks, boards or poles can serve as a base.
You can even buy a ready-made corrugated cardboard frame. Do not worry that over time, such a fragile base will get wet and rot. Her task is to give the necessary shape. Because, in essence, a sod bench is a grassy earthen mound that looks like a sofa or an armchair.
Then you need to fill the base with soil, water it well so that the soil is compacted and tightly filled the frame. Most likely, you will have to add earth to the base several times.
After the soil is sufficiently compacted (you will make sure that nothing else settles or falls through), you can do upholstery. Sow lawn grass seeds after mixing them with soil.
Or use a ready-made roll lawn.
After the grass has sprouted or the finished lawn takes root and grows together at the seams, you just have to regularly trim the “pile” on the “upholstery” of your green sofa.
By the way, if you still prefer to sit on something more solid than an earthen mound, lawn grass inserts can only be used as decoration. For example, as in these photos – for decorating landscape items from the same stone or concrete.
Making unusual garden furniture is a fun and not too financially costly exercise. Family and friends can be involved, and the materials are often right under your feet.
Try your hand at making unique pieces of garden furniture that will decorate your site and become your favorite vacation spot – it’s not difficult! published by econet.ru
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