How to Make a Concrete Seat Wall

What You'll Need
Concrete slab
Concrete mix
Wire frame

If you want to put some kind of seating arrangement in your garden, then making a concrete seat wall can create a firm, but comfortable place to sit. While many people are surprised to see a concrete seat wall in a garden, in fact it is a practical and long lasting way to solve serious seating problems. A concrete seat wall can be built using a number of different tools, but you will have to find the right way to position the seating area. The main part of the seat can be made from a single concrete slab, so long as you have the right support for your seat.

Step 1 - Dig the Foundations

In order to have a good secure foundations for your seat, you will need to dig out between five and six inches of soil in the area that you want the seat wall to be positioned. You can do this using a spade, so long as you measure out the equivalent of your seating area. If you want to make a wall with suitable seating, then you will have to dig out a wide hole in order to create enough for a wall. Once the hole has been dug, you should then pour into the base 2 to 4 inches of gravel or crushed stone.

Step 2  - Make the Base

In order to get a secure seat for your slab, you will need to make a strong base which will be able to bear the weight of the slab. This should not be too difficult, as what you will need to do is build a frame which will be able to support the concrete. You need some lumber, cut to the right lengths, and some chicken wire, molded into the shape of a frame. Put the frame on the foundations, and secure with a few wooden pegs. You should then add the timer to the inside of the frame. When the timber is in place, pour your concrete mix into the gap in the middle. Leave the concrete to set for 48 hours.

Step 3 - Add the Seat

You will now be ready to add the seat to the top of the concrete base. The seat part should be formed from one or more concrete slabs. With the slab ready cut to the correct size, take your cement, and lay a little over the top. Once it is on there, take your concrete slab, and lay if over the top of the cement. Press down a little, and tap it at each corner with a hammer. You will then be able to secure it by adding some more cement to the edges of the slab, or by installing the next slab alongside it. Make sure that all your concrete seat wall slabs are even, and correctly positioned, and then leave them to dry for 36 to 48 hours.