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We bought one of these wooden benches from B and Q last year as we wanted some extra seating in out garden but we wanted something that would look nice and fit in with the rest of the garden. We had a space along one wall where we wanted to put a garden bench and chose this one. The bench was only £25 to buy which we thought was a bargain.
It came in a large box which was quite heavy to lift up so we needed the car to put it in. We had to put the seats down in the back of the car but it fit in nicely once they were down.
When we got home we opened up the box and there were lots of bits of wood inside that you had to fit together. There were some printed instructions and they told you to check everything was in the box before you started. Luckily we had everything we needed so we set about making up the bench.
The pieces were quite easy to fit together once you worked out what bit went where although it did take two of us to manage to get it all together. Once assembled the seat looked nice and strong. When you sat on the seat the bits you sat on felt a bit thin and I thought at first it wasn't going to take my weight but it was fine and it was quite comfortable to sit on.
The wood itself is not stained or varnished so we decided to stain ours and then give it a couple of coats of varnish. This made it look even better and a lot more expensive.
We have been using this bench for over a year now and we gave it another coat of stained varnish this year when we uncovered it for the summer. The joints all seem quite strong still and still seems sturdy to sit on. I made some cushion pads to go over the seat bit which we take in of an evening so the rain doesn't get on them.
All in all we are very pleased with the bench. I don't think they still sell this one in the store now but if their other ones are of a similar or better quality then I would recommend them.
I bought a softwood bench from B&Q a few months ago for just £25. The price is fantastic and the bench itself is very nice. It comes flat packed unvarnished and ready for assembly. My husband first treated all the wood to some preservative and then stained it with some wood varnish, this needs to be done before assembly otherwise you will have bare wood under the bits that join. Several days later (two coats of preservative and one of varnish had to dry) he put it all together. The instructions were clear and easy to follow but some of the parts were very badly fitted. He had to replace two of the joining thingy's because they didn't seem to fit and got cross threaded. My husband just got cross. Eventually he had the bench properly fitted together and we have enjoyed sitting on it. The slats are springy but firm and the bench is very comfortable. You do need to put it away for the winter though as soft wood shouldn't be left out in all the elements. Fortunately it just about fitted in the shed following a major reorganisation.
Having been on the lookout for a garden bench for some time and seeing the prices well over £60 I was a little dubious about the bench offered by B&Q at £25 so I went to investigate. It's a self assembly bench that comes in a plain wood finish. You can varnish or stain the wood to suit your tastes. The assembly was relatively easy as some of the parts were pre-assembled and all that is required is screwing the bits together. Once assembled it is remarkably sturdy and having used mine for a month or two it is very stable. The lats of wood that form the actual seat are a little springy but are more durable than I expected. You can buy a covered foam cushion that would make the bench more comfortable but it is probably cheaper to make your own. Considering the savings over some of the other benches I've seen I think it is well worth the money.