Are you looking for some cool new furniture ideas for your garden?\n\n\n\nHoping to express your unique taste with creative, cozy and inviting places to lounge and sit?\n\n\n\nWell, keep reading \u2014 because today, we\u2019re going to go over 6 Unique & Unusual Garden Furniture Ideas (plus some bonus ideas)!\n\n\n\nMost of these ideas are wonderfully unconventional \u2014 & all of them will beckon you and your guests to spend more time relaxing in and around your garden. \n\n\n\nI\u2019ve been looking forward to sharing this list with you all morning. So, without further delay\u2026\n\n\n\nLet\u2019s get started!\n\n\n\n6 Unique & Unusual Garden Furniture Ideas\n\n\n\nTree Stumps Or BranchesWood PalletsOak BarrelsStone Or ConcreteHanging FurniturePergola\n\n\n\nNote: for your convenience and ease of reading, I\u2019ve compiled this list into general categories and subcategories based on the main materials used and the general type of furniture. \n\n\n\nEnjoy!\n\n\n\nTree Stumps Or Branches\n\n\n\nHave you ever seen someone make furniture out of tree stumps or branches? It\u2019s a pretty cool concept.\n\n\n\nTree stumps make for a pretty cool and rustic place to chill out and take a breather. \n\n\n\nThere are probably dozens of different ways you can use tree stumps or branches (and even driftwood) to create furniture for your garden. Today, we'll talk about a few of my favorite ways.\n\n\n\nTree Trunk Or Driftwood Bench\n\n\n\nI\u2019ve seen both benches made from tree trunks and benches made from large pieces of driftwood.\n\n\n\nDriftwood can be a little harder to find, but if you collect enough driftwood over time \u2014 it can make for a truly satisfying garden furniture project. \n\n\n\nWhen you see old, petrified branches washed up onto the beach - you can collect them for future DIY furniture projects for your garden. \n\n\n\nA talented pair (and two loved ones of mine) make beautiful and innovative furniture pieces (and other items that are perfect for the garden) out of tree stumps and branches!\n\n\n\nHere\u2019s an alluring hand-made garden bench by Dusty Miller: \n\n\n\nIf you live in or around Massachusetts, you can commission a bench like this one from Dusty Miller!\n\n\n\nThe pair of wood artists also create other custom items for the home and garden, including custom tables, birdhouses, and even garden signs:\n\n\n\nThis Dusty Miller hickory wood sofa table could double as a lovely place to keep seedlings or potted plants!\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDusty Miller doesn't just make furniture and other wood items for people \u2014 they also make happy homes for birds \u2014 and stylish signs for your beloved plants!\n\n\n\nHere at GreenUpside, we appreciate the quality craftsmanship of Dusty Miller *berry* much. \n\n\n\nI can\u2019t tell you how this husband-&-wife team does such spectacular work, but I Can tell you how to get in touch with them!\n\n\n\nFollow @dusty_miller_2019 on Instagram if you\u2019d like to stay in the know about new creative pieces for in and around your garden!\n\n\n\n& better yet, if you live in or around Massachusetts and are interested in your own custom Dusty Miller piece, send them a DM!\n\n\n\nTree Stump Table Or Stool\n\n\n\nAhh, this one truly brings us back to the basics. Sometimes less truly is more. So if you\u2019re looking to create a fabulous place to sit without doing anything too fancy \u2014 this is your project. \n\n\n\nAll you need is a tree stump that\u2019s in good condition (dry on the inside and free of rot) and some wood-finishing products.\n\n\n\nWhile I have seen people sit on raw logs with no finish and think that\u2019s fine \u2014 it\u2019s (of course) not going to hold up to rain and the elements as well as a properly sealed and weatherproofed piece. \n\n\n\nUsing just a plain, simple log will surely suffice \u2014 but it's still best to treat and seal it properly so it can better withstand the elements!\n\n\n\nIf you prefer a chair with a back, you can easily create one by chopping or sawing your wood log so that it forms an L-shape. \n\n\n\nWhen it comes to the difference between creating a tree-stump stool or tree-stump table, the only real difference I can think of is the length of the log. If you\u2019re looking to make a stool, you can get away with as small as a 1 foot log without any issues. If you\u2019re going for a low table to put your summer lemonade on, you might want to consider at least a 22 inch cut. \n\n\n\nWhen making a table out of a log, feel free to keep it simple and use the log itself as a surface for setting down your belongings.\n\n\n\nUsing a tree stump as a stool or table is simple and stylish \u2014 just the way we like it. \n\n\n\nConversely, if you\u2019re looking for a slightly more detailed project and a touch of added refinement, you can buy a flat piece of wood (round or square) from your local home improvement store for use as a tabletop.\n\n\n\nAll you have to do is treat and seal the wood piece the same way you seal the wood log. Attach the two pieces with some screws \u2014 & you\u2019re done!\n\n\n\nWood Round Clock\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019re new to gardening, you might be wondering why someone would want a clock in their garden. & if you\u2019re an experienced gardener, then you already know.\n\n\n\nThere is something deeply therapeutic about gardening and feeling one with nature \u2014 & sometimes it\u2019s easy to spend twice as much time in the garden as anticipated. If you\u2019re someone who has many other responsibilities and commitments, it\u2019s important that you know what time it is.\n\n\n\n& who wants to wet and dirty their nice watch or be fumbling for their cell phone with dirt all over their hands?\n\n\n\nWhen gardening, it's easy to forget what time it is \u2014 but who wants to wear their best watch while playing in the dirt?\n\n\n\nThe answer? ...No one. \n\n\n\nThat\u2019s why garden clocks really come in handy. \n\n\n\nI\u2019ve been coming across more and more DIY garden clocks made from raw wood rounds \u2014 and I have to say \u2014 I really want one. \n\n\n\nI realized recently that they have clock-making kits at Michaels (and probably most if not all craft stores).\n\n\n\nThis is a game-changer.\n\n\n\nAll you have to do is find the right wood round and pick up a clock-making kit \u2014 then, you\u2019ll be on your way to creating the most stunning and unique clock for your garden.\n\n\n\nJust don\u2019t forget to place your clock somewhere where it\u2019s protected from the rain (like under an overhang or covered pergola, inside a greenhouse, or beneath the eave of your shed roof). \n\n\n\nWood Pallets\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019re a regular visitor to the GreenUpside site, you\u2019ve probably read a post or two that mentions some of the cool things you can do with upcycled wood pallets.\n\n\n\nCreating furniture is one of those things. \n\n\n\nThere is so much you can do and create with just a few wood pallets and an open mind (& some simple supplies, of course)!\n\n\n\nWood Pallet Chair Or Bench\n\n\n\nI\u2019ve seen the most clever chairs and benches constructed from very few supplies other than wood pallets. It\u2019s incredible, really.\n\n\n\nThis shabby-chic seating area was created with reclaimed wood pallets. What a fabulous addition to any garden or patio space!\n\n\n\nSo grab your wood pallets and a screwdriver \u2014 because this is a project you\u2019re going to want to try.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s straightforward and the results are mesmerizing. \n\n\n\nDon\u2019t throw away your old wood pallets! Use them to create a cozy and inviting lounge space for your patio garden!\n\n\n\nWood Pallet Table Or Potting Bench\n\n\n\nI love this idea. You can find reclaimed wood pallet tables and potting benches all over Pinterest and Etsy. \n\n\n\nSome of the designs I\u2019ve seen are rather intricate, but I much prefer the simple, rustic ones. \n\n\n\nOne of my favorite table designs is just a single horizontal wood pallet attached to wooden or metal legs.\n\n\n\nYou can stain your pallet or add a wood-burned effect prior to adding a poly finish. You can also put a glass tabletop on top of the pallet to create a sturdy, crackless, easy-to-clean surface for your garden picnic needs.\n\n\n\nOh, and if you\u2019re interested in a bit of a challenge (with a spectacular result) check out this DIY wood pallet potting bench tutorial video by Heather Commack on Youtube!\n\n\n\nOak Barrels\n\n\n\nAnother fabulous and unique idea is to create garden furniture out of oak barrels. \n\n\n\nGood old-fashioned oak barrels have endless upcycling potential and rustic charm.\n\n\n\nSo, if you have one or two whiskey (or wine) barrels lying around \u2014 you\u2019re in for a treat (and so is your garden)!\n\n\n\nOak Barrel Table Or Potting Bench\n\n\n\nMany people use a single oak barrel as a table \u2014 without making any changes. I actually prefer this over the more detailed projects. Wine and whiskey barrels already have a warm-looking, rustic charm that is tough to beat. So, I like to take the \u201cif-it-isn\u2019t-broken...don\u2019t-fix-it\u201d approach.\n\n\n\nThis oak barrel makes a perfect table for setting down gardening tools, showcasing some plants, or even hosting a garden tea party or lunch date!\n\n\n\nHowever, if you\u2019re looking to make a wide and fully-functional potting bench, you\u2019re going to need two oak barrels and a long, rectangular table top.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nStand up each of your two oak barrels and space them as wide as you\u2019d like your oak barrel potting bench to be. Lay your rectangular table top over the tops of the two barrels (and trim the length or width of the tabletop if necessary and as you see fit.)\n\n\n\nThen, all you have to do is treat and seal. \n\n\n\nPotting bench utopia.\n\n\n\nOak Barrel Seating\n\n\n\nThese projects take a bit more skill, but the results are just gorgeous (and so unique)!\n\n\n\nWhile there are definitely cool ways to create a chair out of a vertical oak barrel \u2014 I much prefer the projects I\u2019ve seen where an oak barrel is tipped horizontally onto its side and made into a cool and wonderfully quirky garden chair.\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019re quirky like me, why not paint an old barrel to give it a little bit more personality? \n\n\n\nIf you\u2019re hoping to make a horizontal barrel chair that is a bit more on the sophisticated side, check out this satisfying video of an oak barrel chair-making by Bear Mountain on Youtube!\n\n\n\nStone Or Concrete\n\n\n\nIf you have some stones or concrete blocks lying around, you probably already have everything you need to create some lovely garden and patio furniture.\n\n\n\nStones and concrete are not to be underestimated! They make wonderfully durable and weatherproof outdoor furniture pieces!\n\n\n\nGranite Slab Benches & Tabletops \n\n\n\nWhile you can easily create a simple seating area with just some large rocks, you can also create a pretty incredible table if you build a good, solid foundation or table stand using rocks.\n\n\n\nI\u2019ve seen people across Pinterest placing granite slabs over rock foundations or wooden legs to create fabulous garden benches and tabletops.\n\n\n\nIf you don\u2019t have any granite slabs, it might be worth it to invest in one!\n\n\n\nConcrete Block Or Brick Furniture\n\n\n\nI\u2019ve seen some stunning outdoor furniture pieces constructed out of just brick or concrete blocks and some wood. There are endless approaches you can take to creating a comfortable chair, couch, or conversation piece for your garden.\n\n\n\nIn case you just raised an eyebrow at the word \u201ccomfortable\u201d \u2014 I\u2019d like to point out that it\u2019s important to spice up your furniture with some soft and cozy cushions \u2014 regardless of what your furniture is made from.\n\n\n\nThese furnitures are not only relatively easy to build \u2014 but also a lot cooler looking than you\u2019d think.\n\n\n\nYour plants won't mind a few concrete blocks in the garden \u2014 and neither should you!\n\n\n\nTry searching \u201ccinderblock table\u201d or \u201ccinderblock chair\u201d on Pinterest and you\u2019ll see exactly what I mean.\n\n\n\nI\u2019ve sat on concrete benches before and they\u2019re surprisingly comfortable when you add some cute, padded cushions.\n\n\n\nSo, don\u2019t be afraid to give some good old brick (or concrete) and mortar a try!\n\n\n\nHanging Furniture \n\n\n\nWhat is it about hanging furniture that makes it so perfectly splendid? Is it the weightless feeling you get when your feet leave the ground? Is it the simple fact that swings (and objects of the like) make us feel like we\u2019re kids again?\n\n\n\nFrankly, I\u2019m not sure what makes hanging furniture so alluring, but it undoubtedly makes a lovely addition to any garden or patio.\n\n\n\nHanging Chair\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019ve never sat in a hanging patio chair, you\u2019re missing out.\n\n\n\nI particularly love these swings for garden patios because it\u2019s fun to *hang* around among lots of colorful hanging plants and floating flowers.\n\n\n\nAnother cool advantage to adding hanging chairs to your garden area is the amount of space you will save on the ground floor \u2014 leaving you with a blemish-free lawn or an uninterrupted patio canvas for sidewalk chalk-loving kids!\n\n\n\nHanging chairs leave your lawn healthy and virtually blemish free!\n\n\n\nWooden Rope Swing\n\n\n\nI\u2019ve mentioned these types of swings in previous articles because there is simply something special about them. \n\n\n\nA classic, bench-style wooden rope swing goes with just about any landscape under the sun (or under the shade!)\n\n\n\nBench-style rope swings are a blast from the past and make a perfectly unique seat for your garden area. \n\n\n\nYou don\u2019t necessarily need to build a swingset, either. These types of swings work rather well when simply tied to a strong tree branch or pergola. \n\n\n\nAdding a number of these swings to your garden area will not only provide a unique and aesthetically pleasing seating area, but also a way for you and your friends to enjoy some wind in your hair. \n\n\n\nSwings aren't just for children. They're great for young-at-heart adults, too. \n\n\n\nHammock\n\n\n\nA childhood favorite of mine \u2014 hammocks are a comfortable place to lounge and an eye-pleasing addition to any garden.\n\n\n\nHammocks are perfect for getting some good old-fashioned R&R. \n\n\n\nDon\u2019t have two perfectly spaced trees?\n\n\n\nNo problem! There are all kinds of clever and innovative ways to suspend your hammock.\n\n\n\nPerhaps you have a pergola that you could use to hang your hammock. \n\n\n\nAlternatively, you might want to look into a hammock stand or a single-tree hammock suspension system.\n\n\n\nYou\u2019ll love this single-tree hammock suspension system from the WilliamandMarie Etsy shop!\n\n\n\nRegardless of how you hang your hammock, you\u2019ll love how deeply relaxing it is to lounge in and around your garden while smelling the sweet summer air. \n\n\n\nPergola\n\n\n\nPergolas add sophistication to any outdoor patio setup or design. If you\u2019re interested in adding a pergola to your garden space, all you need to do is decide what style works best for you.\n\n\n\nClassic Pergola\n\n\n\nIf you are looking to cover a large patio space, a classic pergola will be perfect for your needs. These types of pergolas can be covered to protect patio plants from excessive watering or sun scorch. \n\n\n\nPergolas add class and sophistication to any garden space. \n\n\n\nThey also make a great roof-over-your-head when you\u2019re looking for a dry place to sit with plenty of shade. \n\n\n\nPergola-Style Arbor\n\n\n\nPergola-style arbors have the unique design of a pergola, but are simply created on a smaller scale than the classic pergola.\n\n\n\nThese types of arbors look great as entrances to your garden, but can also serve as a great place to hang a rope swing or some of your favorite floating planters. \n\n\n\nPergola-Style Bench\n\n\n\nA couple months ago, I came across this pergola-style bench from LINEAARTS on Etsy and it completely blew my mind (in the best way). \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTwo of my favorite things \u2014 pergolas and comfy-cushioned patio furniture \u2014 joining forces to create the mother of all garden furniture pieces?\n\n\n\nYes, please!\n\n\n\nYou can find DIY build plans for projects like this on the LINEAARTS Etsy page.\n\n\n\nOh, and you can thank me later (because I know you're gonna love it).\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nNow you know some cool, unique and unusual ideas for your garden furniture set-up!\n\n\n\nIf you're furnishing your garden area for a backyard tea party, you'll love this article on garden herbs for tea as well as this article on planning your own garden tea party. \n\n\n\nYou might also like this post about unique and unusual garden trellises.\n\n\n\nYou can also read about our Rustic Garden Arbor Ideas here.\n\n\n\nYou may also enjoy this post with our Vertical Herb Gardening Ideas.\n\n\n\nIf you're interested in learning more about pergolas, you'll like this article about the purpose of pergolas as well as this article about the differences between pergolas, trellises and arbors. \n\n\n\nIf you\u2019d like, you can also read some of the most popular GreenUpside posts here. Enjoy!\n\n\n\nI hope you liked this guest post by LMadGz. \n\n\n\nI wish you a lifetime of bountiful harvests!\n\n\n\nHappy planting (and furnishing)!