Cinder block garden ideas – furniture, planters, walls and decor
Cinder block garden ideas come in such a wide variety that you will be stunned by the creative thinking of home project designers. We shall look at the different ways to use cinder blocks in your garden and will give you some useful tips and ideas. The great popularity of cinder blocks for various DIY projects, for example concrete block furniture, is due to their unique properties. Made from a mixture of cement, various types of aggregates, and water, the blocks offer many advantages. They are cheap, durable, lightweight, easy to install, fireproof and inexpensive. In addition, they are eco-friendly, recyclable, require very little maintenance and come in different colors and textures. To add a more original look to your cinder block garden furniture or decorative items, you can use colorful pieces of ceramic tiles, river stones, glass, etc.
Cinder block garden ideas – DIY garden walls
One of the most popular cinder block garden ideas is to use them as a building material for different garden walls – cinder block retaining wall , partition walls, privacy garden walls, etc. Cinder block garden walls are very easy to construct. Whether you want to construct a privacy wall or a retaining wall, the principle is the same. You need to prepare cinder blocks for the wall height that you want. Cinder blocks come in different sizes and you can arrange them in different ways. Obviously, when you build a garden wall or a retaining wall you need to place them horizontally, but you can be creative and customize your wall by adding blocks in a different size for a more original look. There are some really cool ideas in the gallery below and you can have a unique garden wall design which will add individuality to your outdoor space. Add some candles and blooming flowers and the simple garden wall will be an eye catching patio decoration.
Cinder block garden ideas give plenty of visual interest to any outdoor space. The simple shape and the minimalist look will work equally well in a modern patio design and in a more casual and eclectic styled outdoor space. Universal and unpretentious, cinder blocks are an excellent material for planter boxes or cinder planter walls as you can arrange unique compositions. Cinder block planter boxes are easy to make and you can plant anything from succulents, which is important to those who are not much attracted to gardening, to vegetables and herbs. Blooming flowers look simply stunning and will beautify your yard. A major advantage of cinder block garden planters is that they are suitable for both small and big backyard. You can arrange them in a corner, at different height to add a dynamic feeling to the outdoor space. The typical gray color is a perfect backdrop for the green of the flowers but you can paint them in a color that adds an accent to the exterior design and more visual interest.
Concrete blocks can be used as garden edging and mark the flower beds. However, one of the cinder block garden ideas, fast growing in popularity, is the construction of garden beds. Raised garden beds can be constructed from many materials – wood, corrugated metal, brick but cinder blocks have many advantages of their own. People have found out that raised bed gardening is a great alternative to traditional gardening and an excellent solution for a limited outdoor space or areas without much soil. Cinder blocks are a good choice if you plan a keyhole garden as well. Raised garden beds from cinder blocks can be built easily as the construction process does not require drilling and screwing, special tools or skills. You can use salvaged cinder blocks and adapt them to serve your needs. Cinder blocks raised garden beds are a good idea for rooftop gardening or small garden areas, which are typical for large cities. Concrete block garden beds are a good option for beginner gardeners who would like to start with a small project – a herb garden or a vegetable garden – and develop their skills. Cinder block garden beds keep the soil well drained, they do not require much weeding and you can have a thriving garden with limited amount of soil.
Last but not least, we have to turn your attention to the wide variety of cinder block garden furniture ideas. Look at the images in the gallery and your perception of cinder blocks will be changed forever. They are no longer going to be monotonous, boring, gray concrete blocks, but an amazing material, a sculptural element and a creative way to make your outdoor place really attractive. There is no limit to fantasy and creativity – you can construct garden seating with a sleek modern look. A cinder block bench in the garden can be a cool afternoon project as well. Add some cozy colorful cushions and decorative pillows and the patio will be completely transformed. Use concrete blocks as stools around the fireplace. Now, that we mentioned that, how about a concrete block fire pit? Nice and easy, isn’t it?
Cinder blocks outdoor furniture ideas are not only attractive, but the materials are very affordable which is a great advantage and budget friendly. You can have a modern bar in the backyard and entertain friends and neighbors, serve drinks and snacks in the afternoon or have lunch with the family and enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors. A concrete block table can be the perfect addition beside your cinder block bench.
You can use cinder blocks as decorative accents – table centerpieces, vases, little accents that give character and uniqueness to the design.