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How to build a gabion bench seat

How to build a gabion bench seat

Looking for a stylish, natural and easy way to create a chill space in your back yard?

Gabion bench seats give a natural look that’s easy to create!  Not to mention, because they’re made of galvanised steel, they’ll last for years.

We’ve created a concrete fire pit area and these matching bench seats make for a connected outdoor entertaining area, where you can cosy up by the fire.

Ready to create an area where you can’t wait to get outside?   It’s super easy!

Let’s get our Gabi-on!

What you'll need

Before you get started, there are a few products we recommend and other tools you’ll need.

Planning a gabion bench seat for your backyard

Suggested Jack products

18176 Garden Gabion Cube
Garden Gabions View Product
Garden Gabion Black View Product

Additional materials needed for this project:

Jack Gabion is available in galvanised steel and decorative black (in Gabion-wall only).

  • Gravel for base
  • Edging material (optional)
  • Timber (Bench Seating)
  • Spirit level
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Tape measure
  • Marking paint
  • Pliers
  • Optional Gabion Filler :
  • Bricks
  • Rocks and pebbles

Your step-by-step guide

  1. Position, mark and dig

    Position gabion and mark out with marking paint.

    Dig 10-12cm deep depending on edging height
  2. Edge, fill and secure

    Use Jack Reo bars to hold edging in place and to shape the base.

    Next, pour gravel for base, smooth out and tamp down.

    Get stomping!

    Place gabion down and check level.

  3. Time to fill up gabions

    Use bricks or similar materials to help with filling in gabion and fill around the brick pillar with rocks/pebbles. Cover right to the top.

    Secure gabion with at least 2 clips each gabion side.

    To finish off, add timber (bench seating) to top of gabion.

    Grab your marshmallows, hot chocolate and start enjoying your new outdoor entertaining space.

    For the complete entertaining space project, see below for ‘How to build a fire pit (base) for your yard.