Ideas for Sitting Areas Near a Backyard Pond

8 Oct 2020 Water Features

Ponds can provide many benefits to a yard: they are a source of life and nutrition, they help to conserve water for a garden area, they support local wildlife, and they are a source of peace, serenity, and entertainment for those who live on the property. Sitting next to a pond is a great way to unwind and enjoy the environment so, at Fontana Ponds & Water Features, we are always happy to offer our clients ideas for sitting areas near their backyard ponds.

Backyard Pond Sitting Area Ideas

If you have a pond or if you are planning on installing a pond on your property, it is beneficial to plan ahead on how you intend to enjoy your new water feature. The type of sitting area that you might want to put next to your pond will depend on the pond’s surroundings, layout, and overall design. Some ideas to consider for a pond sitting area include:

Deck or Patio

It is possible that you already have a deck or patio in your back yard near your pond. If not, setting up a sitting area on a wooden deck or concrete patio can be fairly simple. Any clear, flat area can be customized with great furniture and fixtures to make a comfortable space to sit and enjoy your pond.


If a pond is big enough, a dock can be installed to give the water feature a unique, countrified or nautical look. A dock can also be used to provide a jumping platform if swimming is a possibility, or a sunbathing spot. Chairs and benches can be installed on the dock if it is big enough.

Fire Ring

Fire rings can be added to a variety of other types of sitting areas, like patios or decks, or they can be installed on their own. A fire ring next to a pond provides excellent opportunities for evening entertainment. Whether you install a wood or gas fire, there are plenty of interesting design opportunities for pond-side fire rings.


If you have limited space to install a sitting area around your pond, simple benches are a good way to go. Garden benches can be built and anchored in place, as is common in many parks, or they can be purchased and moved to different spots around the pond. In any case, a bench is a classic way to enjoy a pond.

Bench Swing

A step up from a regular bench is a bench swing. These can be hung from tree branches in some cases and framed bench swings can be installed in others. Sitting next to a pond with a loved one and enjoying your own little patch of nature is a great way to spend some downtime.


Pagodas, gazebos, and other types of landscape architecture are excellent ways to set up a more civilized kind of sitting area near a pond. These structures can allow you to do much more with your sitting area, like install lights, host outdoor dinners, and more.

If you are interested in learning more ideas for sitting areas near a backyard pond, or if you are interested in finding out more about the range of pond services and products we offer, please connect with us by filling out a contact form on our website and we will get back to you, or call us at 778-990-9773.