An Ideal Seating Solution That’s Easy & Comfortable
Dare we even go as far as to say cozy? Now, before you dismiss the idea because you think that stone can’t be comfortable, let alone cozy, think about it. How many times have you seen people sitting on the top of a stone retaining wall? A lot, probably. And if they’re comfortable on top of the wall, imagine what creating an actual seating area could mean. If you’re already planning a retaining wall, a built-in fireplace, or kitchen for your new patio, consider adding a built-in seating wall.
A seating wall can be added to just about any part of your outdoor living space. You won’t have to worry about buying additional seating, storing it or keeping track of it every time we have a storm with strong winds. Plus, if you intentionally make the wall a seat, you’ll keep people from sitting on top of the wall that may have a potentially dangerous drop behind it.
Ideas for Seating Walls
Although the inside part of a retaining wall is an obvious location, there are many other places seating walls work well. For example, if you’re planning a firepit, instead of chairs, put a seating wall around a portion of the pit itself. You’ll have much more seating than if you bought chairs. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the seating blowing around during a wind storm.
If your outdoor patio plans include a fireplace or outdoor kitchen, consider seating on one or both sides. The cook will appreciate a place to sit or an easy place for some company while they grill. It’s a nice way to add some seating around a fireplace too.
A final thought is for a raised patio wall. If your patio is 30” or more off the ground, you’re required to have fall protection. Most people add a railing made of metal or wood. However, if you love the look of natural stone, consider building a seating wall with the same stone you’re using on the exterior of your patio or that’s elsewhere in your outdoor living area.
Depending on the size and scope of the project, you may be working with a contractor. If you are, talk to them about incorporating a seating wall into your design. If you’re going it alone, you’ll want to make sure the seat depth is a minimum of 16 inches although 18” is better. The back should extend 14” above the seat. Most chairs are between 17 and 19” from the ground so see what makes sense in your space and what seems comfortable to you. If you plan on having pillows against the seatback or to sit on, take that into consideration in your design.
The Rock Place has many rocks and stone options ideal for retaining and seating walls. Come by 475 Wade Herrod Road in Smyrna and look at our flagstone, fieldstone, quarry stack and limestone for inspiration. Whether you’re planning a DIY project or working with a contractor, we’ll help you choose the right stone for your style and make sure you have sufficient quantity to complete your project. If you have questions, call us at (615) 459-9200.