Over the last few months, I’ve been collecting photographs of benches that I’ve seen at various locales around the Intermountain West. Some have sandstone seats:
Benches can be made of a combination of rock and steel.
Other benches are made from logs:
While I was in the U.S. Coast Guard, my friends and I constructed benches out of surplus hatch boards which had been used to cover the holds on World War II victory ships. One of the shipyards in Wilmington NC was dismembering the obsolete cargo ships and hatch boards were readily available. They made excellent benches and coffee tables. We sanded, stained, and urethaned the wood. A local fabricator made the metal legs. The hatch boards are identifiable by the handholds in the wood slabs.
Below are four styles of metal legs that can be used to support wooden slabs.
And you can add a backrest.
The metal legs can be either painted, powder coated, or just left to rust. The last option can provide an interesting and appealing finish.
Attractive benches can also be made out of cinder blocks and 4x4s. For comfort and color, you can add cushions. You can also paint the cinder blocks. The photograph below came from Pinterest.
Benches can also have shade structures, important for desert and tropical environments.