Ever heard of a seat wall? If you haven’t, you’ve probably at least them around at some home in the Nashville, TN area. They’re what the name implies — walls that also function as seats.
How can this be? Well, think about it — if you’ve got a low stone or concrete near a gathering of people, most people end up sitting on it, right? So why not go ahead and indulge them by actually making the wall a seat? These dually functional walls can be quite cozy, too. Let’s look at how built-in seat walls can be part of your landscape.
What is a seat wall?
Seat walls are not only a fun way to bring the indoors outside, but they are functional. In fact, according to the Landscaping Network, seat walls are often a great way to double the function of a retaining wall. Basically, a seat wall is just a low wall with a smooth, comfortable top perfect for sitting on. You can make your seat wall have both a seat and a back, or you can just set a wall to be about as high as a chair without a back.
If you have a retaining wall anywhere on your Nashville property — or are planning to add one — consider where it will be placed. Is the retaining wall going to hold a garden bed in place? Is it going to be near the house? If so, you can easily have the wall constructed so that it’s the height of a chair (between 18″ and 30″) and has a comfortable top. Simple, right? Yes — especially if you’re already dealing with a retaining wall.
How can a seat wall be cozy?
If seat walls are so functional, are they really comfortable? And how can they possibly stretch to being cozy? The key to making a cozy outdoor space is thinking of it in terms of rooms, like you would indoors. If you approach your landscape in terms of how to divide it into outdoor rooms, you’ll easily find places for seat walls and you’ll actually be looking for ways to make these walls cozy.
One idea is to center a set of seat walls around a fire pit, such as in these Houzz pictures. Nashville, TN natural stone used in these seat walls and in the fire pit itself makes the atmosphere even more cozy — the more natural your materials, the more at home and comfortable you’re likely to feel. But you don’t have to stop with natural stone and a fire pit. If you add the right furniture, you amp up the mood even more. Consider outdoor seating such as these chair and table ideas to help make your outdoor room a lot like your indoor rooms.
How do I get one?
There are a few ways to get a chair wall on your property. You could of course do it yourself, with some know how and a lot of elbow grease. Or you can hire a contractor to install it for you — probably your best bet if you’re not a frequent Nashville stone installer. If you do want to tackle the wall seats on your own, check out This Old House for a step-by-step. If you’d like to hire a contractor instead, head over to Angie’s List to look for your perfect Nashville, TN natural stone dealer and contractor. How do you get a wall seat in your backyard? We hope you’ll use these avenues to get one soon.
Have you ever thought about adding a seat wall?
Have you ever wanted to create a home outside your home? If you think in terms of outdoor rooms, you can see that wall seats aren’t far fetched — in fact, they are often both functional and the perfect addition to a Nashville patio scene.
Do you have a set of wall seats in your landscape? Or do you think a few retaining walls could use some seats? We want to hear about it! wall seats are a peaceful, cozy way to enhance your outdoor living space — so leave a comment now!