Decor : Poyete, a classic bench for indoors and outdoors
1. m. poyo (‖ stone bench)
1. m. Stone bench or other material close to the walls, usually at the door of the houses in rural areas.
You will have seen them in the patios of the old women houses of towns and villages turned into a gathering place when the sun goes down. Also attached to the wall of many churches, welcoming those who wait to enter mass or take refuge in its porch from the heat of the rain.
Poyetes are part of those rural scenes that almost all of us have enjoyed at some point. Work benches that take advantage of an existing wall or wall as a backrest and that become a great ally to provide seats to a certain space both indoors and outdoors.
Advantages of the poyete
There are many reasons why at Bezzia we believe that poyetes are a great alternative to decorate both interior and exterior spaces. They require an investment and minimal maintenance, a compelling reason to bet on them but not the only one:
- It is an economic element.
- Its maintenance is simple; withstand inclement weather. You can install them in very cold, rainy places or near the sea.
- Are easily cleaned; outdoors you can hose them.
- It provides you with seats taking advantage of an existing wall as a backrest.
- Takes up less space that the number of equivalent chairs to accommodate a certain number of people
- You can use them to sit or lie down.
- Some cushions they are enough to make them more comfortable and give them your own style
Poyete types and uses
Poyets are manufactured today with different materials and finishes. These are normally determined both by the style of the space to which they are intended and by the use that is going to be given to them. Made of concrete, with a natural, scratched or stone finish. Which one would you choose?
With the prominence that this material has recently taken on in interior design, it should not surprise us that when it comes to creating a pole in the interior of our homes, this is the most requested material. In the environments avant-garde or Mediterranean style You will find them with a natural finish, although painting them white or gray is usually the most common choice.
Indoors they are usually found both in the kitchen and in the living room. In the kitchen they are very practical to create a corner space to enjoy family meals. In the living room we can use them as a sofa or for add extra seats next to the fireplace, a window or between two built-in shelves.
Is concrete cold? Combining it with wood is a very popular option outdoors and appropriate for creating minimalist-style spaces. Creating a concrete stud and incorporating a wood slat surface over it in this is the usual solution. Another one that we like a lot in Bezzia is to include a wooden “wall” behind it.
Wood will provide warmth to the space but will increase maintenance and its cost, especially if you live in a place where rainfall is abundant. Choosing woods suitable for the exterior and properly treated will be essential.
In the rural areas of the interior in Spain, stone poytes occupy a privileged place on the facades. The position of the sun generally determines its disposition; since they were built in order to provide a cool place for the owners to enjoy during the summer.
They are still the favorites in those places with harsh winters and hot summers. Stone is a material that withstands inclement weather very well in winter and remains relatively cool in summer. You will only have to worry about dressing it with mats and cushions to make them more comfortable. Mats in soft and natural tones to make the stone the protagonist.
The poyete is a very interesting piece of furniture to decorate outdoor spaces, but we should not rule it out indoors. It’s a simple and comfortable way to create spaces to relax in and a great option for creating extra seating. You can use the stand as a decorative surface and turn it into a seat when you need it.