How to Make a Curved Seat Wall For Your Garden

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What You'll Need
Seat wall kit
Tape measure
Builder's square
Spirit level

If you are looking for a way to add some seating to your garden, then a curved seat wall can be an excellent idea. There are many reasons why you will need to measure the correct way to install the curved seat wall. You can also find that you have got the best of your seat wall if you add a number of different angles and positions to the wall on which the seats are being positioned. A way to do this is to use a curved seat wall kit, which has all the parts needed to create a suitable seat wall.

Step 1 - Make the Foundations

Once you are ready to begin, you should start by digging out some foundations on which the wall can be built. Carefully measure out the dimensions which the kit calls for. You may need to use a tape measure and a builder's square in order to get the correct angle of curve for your seating. Mark out the angle you want to dig at, then remove around 4 to 5-inches of soil. Do this for the length of the wall, and then add a layer of gravel, up to 2-inches deep.

Step 2 - Add the Base

You are now ready to lay the base. The seat wall kit may come in a number of different forms, but the most common is to provide bricks or slabs which can be laid together. Take the base out of your kit, and start building the wall. You should add a brick, then a layer of cement and the next brick, following the instructions on the kit. You will know when to leave the gap which will become your seat. Leave the base to dry for 48 hours, or as long as it takes the cement to set.

Step 3 - Add the Seat

Once you are ready, you can proceed to add the seat to your wall. This is usually 1 block, rather like a concrete block, and it sits on top of a small dip or square in the wall. You should take a layer of cement, and place this over the surface of the slabs, using your trowel. Before the cement has a chance to dry, you should push the seat top onto it, and then press down. Tap the corners with the handle of a hammer or the trowel handle. You should also use a spirit level to check that the seat is evenly placed.

Step 4 - Finishing

Most seat wall kits come with more than one seat, so you should proceed to do the same for all the other seating arrangements that you have built into your wall. Ensure that the seats are level, and then add another layer of cement to the bottom of the seat. Leave this to dry for 48 hours.