The Importance of Site Furniture in Outdoor Environments
When we think of parks and outdoor spaces, site furniture is not usually the first thing to come to mind. That is because site furniture is there to enhance the outdoor space, not draw your attention away from it.
If you are unfamiliar with the term site furniture, it is a broad category of furniture and structures that are found in parks and public areas. These furnishings and outdoor furniture can include benches, tables, trash receptacles, bollards, planters and more.
Quality site furniture is inviting to the public. It entices a person to take a seat and relax, or to feel secure with using an attractive bike stand. Site furniture adds to the functionality and usability of outdoor spaces.
Site furniture is also attractive. No one wants to put an ugly or a poorly made product in front of their building, or in their park. We want the site furniture to blend in naturally or to complement the local environment.
Site furniture also brings safety and security to an area. Bollards are used to help to protect against traffic, or lighted bollards help to guide ones way down a pathway after the sun goes down. A quality bike stand provides a safe place to lock up your bike.
Site furniture helps to keep an area clean. Trash, ash, and recycling receptacles are a necessary part of an outdoor space. They are convenient, and protect the environment from our waste.
Site furniture may not be something that you regularly think about, but after reading this article hopefully you appreciate the thought and craftsmanship that go into enhancing public outdoor space.