How To Secure An Outdoor Garden Bench

A brief guide to help you secure your outdoor garden bench.

Although outdoor garden benches are quite heavy and there is little to no chance of one actually blowing away in the breeze, (short of a hurricane or a tornado) there are still some reasons that you might want to secure one, either temporarily, or permanently in your yard.

In some areas theft might be a problem. Securing your garden bench would help to alleviate this. Although what I've learned from years of experience is that, where there's a will, there's a way. If someone is set on taking your special garden bench, they will most likely find a way to do it, no matter how tightly you secure it.

Another reason you might want to think of securing your bench is if you want to place it somewhere that isn't exactly level, to keep it from tipping when you sit down in your garden on a nice summer day.

How easy it is to secure your garden bench depends on where you decide to place it in your yard. If you have a tree nearby, you can simply chain it to that or any other unmovable object in your yard. To do this you will need a strong chain that is long enough to extend to both ends of your garden bench with enough room for the tree (or object) and to make a loop around part of the frame of your bench, and yet thin enough to fit through the frame of your bench. You will have to study the design of your particular bench to decide where the best place to loop the chain will be and two combination or key locks, big enough allow two links of chain to be secured within the loop on the lock.

To secure your bench simply wrap the chain around the tree and then around a strong, preferably metal part of your bench's frame, like on the side of the backrest. Secure the chain and the bench by lacing the chain around this section. Secure the end of the chain to another loop in the chain wherever it forms the tightest hold. Do this on both ends of your bench to keep it in place.

If there is no tree or fence nearby, it will be a little harder to secure your bench. You will need to visit your gardening center and purchase cement fasteners. If there are no holes in the legs of your bench you will need to drill some, big enough for the fasteners to fit through. Using this method, you can fasten your bench to a patio, or if you don't have a patio, you can make some holes in the ground and fill them with ready-mixed cement to form a base for you garden bench's legs. The most important thing to remember here is to make the bases level with each other or else you will have a very rickety seat.

If you have a wooden deck, you can secure your garden bench in either of the two already mentioned ways. Instead of wrapping the chain around the tree, you can wrap it around a post on the side of your deck. Instead of using cement fasteners, you can use regular, large sized, nuts and bolts.

Depending on the design of your bench's legs, it might be impossible to drill holes into them. In this case you will need to use both methods already mentioned. You will need to secure a steel loop into the ground, cement, or wooden deck flooring. Then use a chain to fasten the bench to this and then a lock to secure it.

A visit to your home gardening center will help you find all the materials that you need to secure your outdoor garden bench.

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