Building Deck Benches

Provide your deck with one or more comfortable benches and you just might end up with some of the best seats in—or out of— the house.

Orient benches so sitters take in an attractive view—or turn their backs on one that's not. To define the edge of a grade-level deck without blocking your line of sight, build a backless bench, like the one shown in the illustration opposite, top right. On a higher deck, integrate the bench and railing, as we did with the one shown going together at right.

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