Sam and Alex, who live in the U.K. have just built an earthbag seating area.
They say, “Your site has contributed to helping us do this. Thank you for such an informative site! We would like to share our project with you. Although small in comparison to the buildings we have seen, it is a very large seating area which we are very proud of. We just hope it withstands the U.K. winters! I’ve included a few pictures below.”


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A Beautiful Outdoor Earthbag Seating Area in the UK — 12 Comments

  1. Hey! Just wondering how this has stood up over the winter? It looks awesome. We are just putting plans in place going up the garden and really want one of these.

    • Hi Helen,
      The seating has been great for us so far. After last winter we found two hairline cracks which wasn’t an issue. We just filled with a tiny amount of cement and repainted it all again.
      We repaint every year now to freshen it up.
      I haven’t seen if there’s any damage from this winter as yet as it’s covered in leaves and a few water puddles. But no bad damage as I would have noticed.
      Roll on spring! Can’t wait to start using it again.
      Good luck with your seating area. I’m sure you will love it as much as we do. :)

  2. Hello. Please can you tell me how it looks like after freezing winter? Are there any cracks or some demage of top layer?
    Thank you 😊
    I am going to build the similar seating and sauna made from earthbags.

    • Hi,
      After last winter the seating still looked great apart from two hairline cracks. We filled the cracks with a tiny amount of cement, sanded that area and repainted the whole seating again.
      We repaint every year to freshen it up. Just takes about half an hour with a big roller.
      I can’t see if there’s any further damage as yet from this winter and it has water and leaves on it at the moment. If there’s any cracks we will just refill and paint again.
      You will love the seating.. and a sauna sounds amazing! Would love to see it when it’s all done. Good luck with your exciting projects! :)

  3. Thank you all for the lovely comments. :-)
    I think it’s difficult to see the amount of legroom there actually is. Legs can be stretched out but with the seat area being extra deep it’s very spacious.
    We had relaxing in mind for this area. Hot summers and cold winters.. we aim to use it all year round. I’ve got the blankets ready! Lol!
    I too particularly like to sit with my legs curled to the side.
    Only today we have used it to lay on and sunbathe. 30 degrees today! It was bliss!

    Our next project will be using straw bale for a large shed. Although very hard work we have enjoyed building the seating area and spending the time together doing it. Isn’t it a great feeling of achievement?!

    We really hope this will withstand the frosts here in the U.K. Watch this space.. :-)

      • Thank you Michael. :-)
        Yes we used normal blue circle branded cement. In the second and final coat we used plasterers sand and plasticiser to give it a smoother finish and give it more workability and durability as well as frost protection.

    • Hello. Please can you tell me how it looks like after freezing winter? Are there any cracks or some damage of top layer?
      Thank you 😊
      I am going to build the similar seating and sauna made from earthbags.

  4. It looks great I’m sure you’ll get lots of use from it. I also hope it inspires you to go onto to bigger projects in the future. Earthbag building has so much potential. I’m sure you are hooked!

  5. very cozy. i like the width of the seating part, as i enjoy pulling my legs up and this build looks like you can bring them up and stretch legs out or curl them around. THANK you Sam and Alex and Kelly for sharing this build. INSPIRATIONAL!

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