Last updated: August 9, 2021

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Welcome to our big tree bench test 2021. Here we present all the tree benches we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best tree bench for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a tree bench.




Summary

  • With a tree bench, also called a round bench, you can create a cosy place in the garden that you will enjoy for a long time with the right treatment.
  • The various tree benches differ above all in material, shape and size, stability and workmanship as well as in price. Which one suits you and your garden best depends on your personal taste, the tree and your budget.
  • A tree bench can be built yourself with a little manual skill and clear instructions.

The Best Tree Bench: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a tree bench

Is a tree bench suitable for every tree?

Basically, any tree can be used for a tree bench if there is enough space around it and the trunk thickness fits the inner diameter of the tree bench. Trees with straight trunks without low-hanging, disturbing branches are ideal.

The classic tree bench - a cosy place to linger. The large tree crown provides shade and conveys peace and security. (Image source: pixabay.com / Michel van der Vegt)

In order to find the most suitable tree for you, it makes sense to give it a little more thought. The following should be considered:

  • Large treetops offer protection from sun and rain, so the tree bench can be used in any weather
  • In the case of fruit and nut trees, falling fruit/nuts can cause injuries and soiling of the tree bench
  • Trees that secrete resin or honeydew (e.g. lime trees) and some blossoms or leaves (e.g. magnolia) can stick to or soil the bench
  • Depending on the condition of the bark, a tree bench with a backrest is recommended, as leaning against it is otherwise very uncomfortable
  • The tree should not smell unpleasant, as the tree bench may not be used very often

Anyone who wants to purchase a tree bench should be aware of how and when they want to use it and what is important to them in terms of tree selection. If you take all the local conditions into account and carefully weigh up the advantages and disadvantages, you will find the tree that is best suited to your tree bench.

What does a tree bench cost?

The price differences between tree benches are enormous. The purchase costs range from just under 60 euros to over 4000 euros. However, this is the exception.

They depend on size and material, stability, workmanship and weather resistance as well as design.

The majority of tree benches are offered in wood or metal, with the metal ones being somewhat cheaper. The price range here is around 60 to 800 euros.

The price of wooden tree benches starts at around 100 euros and in rare cases goes up to around 2500 euros, and very occasionally to over 4000 euros.
Why some round benches are so expensive compared to others is often not obvious.

Type price range
Tree bench 360° made of wood 85 euros - 2500 euros
Tree bench 360° made of metal 50 euros - 800 euros

Tree benches in alternative shapes, for example 180° benches, are sometimes available at lower prices. The most expensive round bench we found is a half-round one by Barlow Tyrie for 4150 euros.

If you build a tree bench yourself, the costs vary depending on the size, material and type of construction. You have to reckon with at least 120 euros, more likely more. In addition, there may be costs for tools.

What alternatives are there to the classic round tree bench?

The classic tree bench is round and measures 360°. Alternatively, the 360° bench is available as a square, hexagonal or octagonal version.

In addition, half-round tree benches (180°) are available in round or square versions. These are particularly suitable if the preferred tree is close to another object. Likewise if the diameter of the tree is very large.

Alternative variant of a tree bench. As with the classic round bench, the tree is framed by the bench, but not by the backrest (Image source: pixabay.com / JacLou)

Modern and individual variants still have something to do with the tree theme, but usually have little in common with the classic tree bench. As a rule, they are specially made.

Round benches are available with and without backrests, regardless of the design.

Decision: What types of tree benches are there and which is the right one for you?

If you want to buy a tree bench, you can choose between two alternatives:

  • Wooden tree bench
  • Metal tree bench

Both wooden and metal tree benches are available in different versions, i.e. different types of wood or metal. Apart from their appearance, the differences between the two types of material lie in their advantages and disadvantages in terms of weather resistance and maintenance.

Depending on which tree bench fits better in your garden and how much time you can invest in maintenance, one or the other alternative is the best choice.

In order to make the decision easier for you, the two variants are presented in more detail in the following section.

What distinguishes a wooden tree bench and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A wooden tree bench stands out first and foremost because of its natural, rustic look, which blends in perfectly with the nature of the garden. It also offers high stability and resilience, especially if it is made of hardwood and has a good finish.

Hard tropical woods such as teak, acacia and eucalyptus or domestic hardwoods such as robinia, oak and chestnut are best suited.

They are strong and contain natural oils that make them highly resistant to weathering and insect attack. If the wood is untreated, it is still advisable to apply a maintenance oil.

Tree benches made of soft woods are less robust and weather-resistant and therefore require more maintenance.

To ensure durability and weather resistance, the wood should be treated regularly. This is especially true for soft woods. Without this care, the wood will lose its original colour, weather and/or become mossy.

Advantages
  • Natural, robust material
  • Stable and resilient
  • Does not heat up
  • Individual design options
Disadvantages
  • Must be treated regularly
  • Weather resistance only given through care
  • Partly weaknesses in the screw connections

The plus points over the metal tree bench are that the wooden bench does not heat up in the sun and is extremely comfortable. Accordingly, it can be used well without cushions.

By painting it with varnish, it can also be customised and adapted to any taste.

A disadvantage compared to the metal bench is the lower resistance to weathering and the higher maintenance required to prevent weathering. In some cases, weak points can be found in the screw connections.

What are the characteristics of a metal tree bench and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Metal tree benches are very easy to care for and weather-resistant; they are durable even without treatment. However, this only applies to benches that are made of stainless steel. Cheaper versions are often powder-coated and thus susceptible to rust.

Therefore, when buying, look for high-quality, rust-free and solid material as well as a clean finish. This not only ensures durability, but also makes the bench stable and resilient.

Metal tree benches are very decorative. Their ornamentation gives your garden a nostalgic, romantic flair. However, this has a disadvantage: they are usually uncomfortable.

Another disadvantage is that they heat up strongly in the sun. For comfortable sitting, an upholstered cushion is recommended in both cases.

Advantages
  • Easy to care for
  • Weatherproof
  • Stable and resilient
  • Available in very decorative variants
Disadvantages
  • Heats up in the sun
  • Uncomfortable without upholstery
  • Rust-prone with low-quality materials

The decisive advantage of a high-quality metal round bench over one made of wood is certainly that it is easy to care for and yet weather-resistant. Added to this is the somewhat lower price.

Whether you choose a tree bench made of wood or metal depends on what suits you and your garden, how much time you spend on maintenance and how much money you want to invest.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate tree benches

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide on one of the many tree benches on offer.

The following criteria will help you to compare the tree benches with each other:

  • Material
  • Shape
  • Size
  • Stability/Fabrication
  • Assembly

In the next few paragraphs, we will explain what is important in the individual comparison criteria.

Material

Tree benches are usually made of wood or metal. As already explained in detail, both variants have advantages and disadvantages. We will briefly summarise these again and go into another important aspect of the wooden bench.

Wooden round benches are made of natural, robust material that blends in well with the garden. They are stable and resilient if they are made of hardwood.

To make them weatherproof and durable they need to be treated regularly, especially if they are made of soft wood.
The wooden tree bench is comfortable, does not heat up and can be customised by painting.

An important factor with regard to the wood is sustainability. Round benches made of domestic woods are more environmentally friendly and no rainforests are cut down for them.

The FSC seal assures that no tropical wood from the rainforest but from plantations was used and that attention was paid to sustainability in forestry.

Round benches made of stainless steel are easy to maintain and weather-resistant. It should be noted that tree benches are also offered that are powder-coated. These are susceptible to rust.

Cleanly processed and welded metal tree benches are stable and resilient.
They are available in very decorative variants. Metal tree benches are usually uncomfortable and heat up in the sun. They are therefore less recommended without an upholstered cushion.

Shape

The classic tree bench is round and measures 360°. It is also available as a square, hexagonal or octagonal version. Depending on the tree and garden as well as personal preference, one shape is preferable to the other.

If the preferred tree for the round bench is close to another object or if the tree diameter is very thick, the semicircular tree bench is a good choice.
It measures 180° and is available in round or square versions.

You can also choose between tree benches with or without backrests. Individual alternatives have to be built yourself or specially manufactured.

Size

The size of the tree bench that suits your garden or tree depends on several factors.

The most important criterion is the inner diameter of the round bench.

If it is too small, the tree bench will not fit. The inner diameter indicates how much space there is in the middle of the bench for the tree. Plan for a margin, as the tree will grow steadily. Otherwise you may have to remove the bench after a short time.

Then you have to think about how many people should sit on your tree bench. Not only the number of people specified is important, but also the maximum load capacity.

Other criteria are the outer diameter, the seat height and depth as well as the backrest height and overall height. Not to be forgotten are your preferences or what fits visually into your garden.

Stability/workmanship

As the purchased tree bench should last as long as possible, stability and workmanship are two important aspects.

You will find information about stability in the product description and about the material from which it is made. If it is made of hardwood or solid metal, it can be assumed that a certain stability is present.

On the other hand, information can be found in product tests and recommendations, customer reviews and questions.

In the case of workmanship, information is less likely to be obtained from the seller. Rather, product tests and recommendations, customer reviews and questions provide information.

Assembly

Two points are important when it comes to assembly:

  • Simplicity of assembly and
  • Comprehensibility of the instructions.

Although dealers sometimes make claims such as "quick, easy assembly", this is not always the case. What is perceived as easy or difficult is also quite individual.

Assembly instructions can look very different. They can be well explained, step by step, or completely incomprehensible, but also completely missing or only available in foreign languages.

In order to avoid problems as much as possible, it makes sense to obtain information about product tests, recommendations, customer reviews and questions. Here you get the opinion of people who have actually tried it.

Facts worth knowing about the tree bench

How should I treat the tree bench so that it will last me a long time?

Most wooden tree benches are made of hardwood. They are strong and contain natural oils that make them highly resistant to weathering and insect infestation.

Nevertheless, wooden benches should be cleaned and maintained regularly to preserve them for as long as possible. This is particularly important for benches made of soft woods. Hardwoods should be oiled at least once a year, softwoods twice a year.

A cotton cloth and soapy water made from natural soap are recommended for cleaning. It contains vegetable oils that clean and re-lubricate.

Maintain your round bench once or twice a year with maintenance oil. Apply the oil to the entire surface with a brush. You should always clean the bench first.

This prevents the formation of a grey patina (natural weathering layer) and counteracts further weather damage.
If the wood is badly damaged, you should sand it down before applying the care product.

Tree benches made of metal are easier to care for. You can remove dirt with a damp cloth and some washing-up liquid or a brush. No further treatment is necessary.

If rust has formed on your metal bench, you should remove it and repaint the bench.

Material Cleaning Care
Hardwood With soapy water made of natural soap and cotton cloth Treat once a year with maintenance oil
Soft wood With soapy water made of natural soap and cotton cloth Treat twice a year with maintenance oil
Metal, rust-free With damp cloth and a little washing-up liquid or brush Not necessary
Metal, powder-coated With damp cloth and a little washing-up liquid oily brush If rust forms, remove rust and repaint

Can I change the tree bench or just set up individual parts?

Most 360° tree benches consist of two semi-circular parts. Some of them are stable enough on their own as a 180° bench, others are only suitable in combination with the second half.

There are also 360° circular benches that consist of four quarters. Some of them can be set up in the half-round version, but not as quarters. Information about this can be obtained through dealer enquiries or customer questions, e.g. on amazon.de.

Other possibilities for modification would be, for example, a new coat of paint, engravings or the dismantling of the backrest, if this does not affect the stability.

How can I build a round bench myself?

Building a round bench yourself is not only fun, it also has the advantage that you can design it the way you like it. It is best to make it out of hardwood.
The time needed varies depending on the shape, size, type of construction and craftsmanship. You should allow at least one to two days.

Once you have the instructions, the necessary materials and the right tools at hand, you can start building your DIY tree bench. (Image source: pixabay.com / Graham Hobster)

What you need in any case is the material, i.e. the wood, instructions and the right tools. You can find instructions on the Internet, e.g. at mdr.de or gartentipps.com. You can buy wood and tools in DIY stores or wood shops. What you need exactly is usually listed in the instructions.

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