Best wooden arbour seat with storage

A wooden arbour seat can be an attractive focal point in any garden and provide a nice place to sit and have a cup of tea/ glass of wine in the garden. There’s a lot of seats to choose from and here’s a quick guide to our top  wooden arbour seats.

Best storage arbour seats

All the seats featured are made from FSC certified wood and are available for UK delivery

No 1 – The Dorset Arbour

A self-assembly arbour that provides a comfortable seating area for long summer evenings and even in the winter during milder weather. It’s a perfect addition to any garden and is suitable for staying out in all weathers as its been pressure treated and made from high quality FSC wood. It’s been treated against rot it’s guaranteed for at least 10 years. It’s both comfortable and practical, and it’s great for those long summer evenings with parties and for after dinner/barbecues to sit and chat. There’s a roof panel to protect you, so should it start to rain lightly, you’ll have all the protection you need. No need to rush inside!

Great storage

There’s a great little storage area beneath the seating which you could use to store cushions and blankets, or perhaps garden items such as gardening implements etc. that you have nowhere else to store. This is a great spot for cushions or maybe an ice bucket or even a cheeky bottle of gin for the long summer evenings.

Excellent storage in the dorset arbour - best garden seat

The storage is mostly water proof apart from in very heavy rain so its worth putting things in a bag to store them – With it being outside thats advisable anyway!

Easy self-assembly

It’s a self-assembly flat pack item so you’ll be putting it together yourself, but don’t expect to be putting it together for longer than a couple of hours. It’s not an arduous piece of furniture to build and once you’ve put it up, you’ll be pleased you did, this is a really excellent little gazebo-type seating area that’s strong, sturdy and beautifully designed. The instructions are easy to follow, our best advice is to paint it before you build it if you’re planning to. It’s very easy to work out which panel is which just from looking at them and we think a nice two tone paint works well – Nice light main colour with a contrasting or darker colour for the edges.

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Natural or colourful – the choice is yours

You can have your Dorset Arbour as it comes naturally, or you can paint it yourself any colour of your choosing. Our recommended paint is Cuprinol garden shades which are easy to get a nice even coverage and come in a wide range of colours (see below). That way it can match your surroundings perfectly and fit in with your personal taste and the garden’s landscape.

Here’s a couple of colours we like (These are examples from the Cuprinol website and not the actual arbour we have listed here – this is a computer visualisation so this seat is not actually available)

Storage arbour painted in Cuprinol silver birch


This is a nice deep grey colour that offsets beautifully in a colourful garden. Not recommended for up against a fence or wall as it can get a little lost too the eye.

Wooden Arbour seat painted in Cuprinol pale jasmine

Pale Jasmine is a very light colour that goes well anywhere in the garden. For a slightly different look pain the front edge of the panels in a nice green seagrass.

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