We talked a lot about the beauty and pleasure of having a fire pit in homes. Everyone loves to enjoy some quality time outdoors with their family, even on cold days. That’s why they install a fire pit in their homes. There is nothing as pleasurable as enjoying a warm night in front of a comforting fire.
There are several types, shapes, and sizes of fire pits. But one thing is common with all of them. To enjoy the fire, you have to sit around it. You won’t sit on the floor. So, every fire pit needs a bench around it. People can sit on the bench and enjoy some hours of warmth.
It is better for the bench to have a backrest for proper relaxation. You can’t sit comfortably for some hours without resting your back. So, we recommend benches with a backrest around your fire pit. Don’t worry.
We will give you a few steps on how to build a fire pit bench with a backrest. There are several benches being sold, but you’ll save some costs when you build one yourself.
Also, there are metal benches and wooden benches, but we will go with the latter because it is easier to construct. So, sit back and read the article through.
5 Easy Steps Involved in Building a Fire Pit Bench:
Decide on the length, height, and width of the bench. Then, you can draw a sketch of it with its dimension.
You can now go and get the right wood for the project. If you can repurpose some old furniture, it will be great. But if not, you can purchase the right wood.
From the wood, cut out the sitting surface. Leave it plain if you choose to follow a simple design. Otherwise, you can design the surface the way you want.
Now, you can cut out its legs. A bench usually has four legs. However, if the bench is very long, you may create six legs or more for it. Remember, the legs have to be sturdy.
The last part of the bench seat to create is the backrest. If you have the skill, you can add some padding to the bench and its backrest. Otherwise, you can leave it like that.
We must also remind you that building the bench yourself is not the only option available to you. There are several fire pit chairs and benches for sale. You can decide to buy one.
Also, you don’t have to use a chair. You can spread a mat around your fire pit, and people will sit on the mat like it is done in a picnic. Now, let’s go to the next topic.
Buying Guide: How to Buy a Fire Pit Bench Seat with Backrest?
It is not mandatory to build your own fire pit bench seat, although it is more cost-effective. You can buy already built ones. Apart from being cost-effective, the other reason why we will encourage you to build yours is that you can’t tell the kind of wood used for the bench seat.
You may end with a wooden bench that will begin to warp after a few months, but if you build yours, you’ll be able to determine the kind of wood you want to use. Nonetheless, if you choose to buy a ready-made seat, here are some tips to follow.
1. Consider the ones with Backs
There are several beautiful outdoor bench seats without backs, but we don’t advise you to choose those ones. You can’t possibly sit on a particular seat for a long time without resting your back.
So, bench seats with backs are a better option. They will give you and your family/guests the option to either rest their backs or sit straight.
2. Choose a well-Padded one
Have you observed that if you sit down on a hard surface for a long time, you’ll start feeling some pain in your butt? This is true for everyone, especially the elderly ones.
This is why it will be a good idea to buy a bench seat that has been padded with soft foam or cushion. People will be able to sit on such bench seats for a very long time.
3. Longer Benches are Better
Longer benches will accommodate more people, so it is better to buy longer outdoor benches. Even if you don’t have a large family, you may decide to host some friends or host a family get-together.
The longer benches will accommodate more people. That’s why it is more advisable to buy a long bench seat.
4. Check Reviews
The most important quality of a fire pit bench seat is comfort. No matter how stylish a bench seat is, if it is not comfortable, it is of no use. Unfortunately, you can’t tell the comfort level of a seat just by looking at it.
So, it is better to check user reviews on your preferred bench seat. If it is not comfortable, some of its users will mention it. Another way around it is to apply the next tip.
5. Seek a Return Window
Another tip is to seek a return window. This will allow you to test the bench for some days, and if you don’t like it, you can return it for a full refund or replacement. Also, if you don’t find it comfortable, you can return it.
One of the reasons why we encourage people to patronize Amazon is because they offer a 30-day return window. Within this window, you can test it and return it if it is not comfortable.
6. Take Advantage of the Return Window
We have found out that many people still don’t take advantage of the return window, probably because they don’t understand its implication. Let’s quickly explain that to you. A return window is a period in which you can return a purchased product that you don’t like.
During this period, the seller is legally obligated to collect the product from you and give you either a refund or a replacement depending on your choice and product availability.
Once the window closes before you return the product, the seller is no longer legally bound to collect it. So, to avoid such a situation, you should quickly test your bench seat. If you like it, you can retain it, and if not, you should quickly return it.
7. Purchase it from Amazon
There are several reasons why we always advise people to purchase their bench seats from Amazon. The first reason is that when you purchase any product from Amazon, you’ll automatically enjoy a 30-day return window. Also, Amazon offers highly competitive prices.
Whatever you buy elsewhere is more likely to be cheaper on Amazon. Finally, Amazon sells only original products. So, when you purchase your fire pit bench from Amazon, you’ll be sure that you have bought an original product.
How to Maintain Your Fire Pit Bench Seats?
If you want your fire pit bench seats to last long, you should take proper care of them. We have given you a few tips to achieve that.
1. Store Seats after use
Not all seats are weather resistant. So, it is better to store your outdoor furniture when they are not in use. We once made a mistake, thinking our wooden bench with leather padding can withstand long exposure to the sun.
Everything seemed to be fine in the first 6 months. After 6 months, we started noticing some cracks in the leather padding. In short, the frame of the seat was fine, but the padding was destroyed.
2. Clean the Bench Seats Regularly
To prevent mold growth, you need to clean your outdoor seats regularly. The little smoke from your fire pit can accumulate on it and destroy it. So, you should clean them after every use.
Just wipe them with a piece of cloth soaked in mild soapy water. Also, if a sudden rain starts and they get wet, you must dry them properly to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
3. Treat them with Insect Repellent Chemicals
If you are using wood bench seats, you need to treat them with chemicals to prevent insects from damaging them. For example, termites love to feed on wood.
They’ll hide inside the joints and starting eating the bench seats from inside. It is advisable to treat the seats with chemicals at least once in 6 months.
4. Dish-Washing Soap is Better
To clean your fire pit seats, don’t use detergent. It will get your seats clean, but it will also harm them. Dish-washing soaps are milder. They are not harsh.
They’ll clean your seats without destroying them. Even if there’s a tough stain on your bench seat, you can eliminate it by adding vinegar to your dish soap.
To wrap this article up, we will advise you to build your fire pit bench seats because it is cheaper. However, if you prefer to buy them, follow the buying guide outlined above. Most importantly, apply our maintenance tips to make your fire pit furniture last long.