Let’s talk about entertaining guests in your yard. I hear more often than not that homeowners never have enough room for people to sit down and relax during a large gathering. Sure, you could rent or buy chairs and line them around the yard giving your guests a place to relax, but then you have the hassle of taking them out and breaking them down. A good solution is what I call “hidden” seating. I try to put this type of seating in all my yards, especially the smaller ones. Hidden seating could be a chair height planter box with some wide stone on top or a floating wood bench built into a privacy wall.
The goal is to build the seating within the architecture of the space. The pictures show a wall I recently built out of block with a stucco finish and topped with twelve inch wide slate. The yard was very small, so I put the planters against the back wall to maximize the entertaining space. Any kind of stone can be used, just make sure it is wide and smooth enough for a good seat (or fanny friendly, as I like to say).
The other picture is a floating cedar bench I built into a privacy wall. It blends right into the modern looking wall very well, but provides a lot of seating at the same time. Brighten it up with some colorful cushions and pillows to give it some style. Hidden seating will expand the entertainment and function factor to any yard.