Poyete, a classic in rural houses

Poyete? Probably many of you have not even heard this name before. But it will be easy for you to recognize it when knowing that it is as defined by the RAE is not anything other than รข?? stone bench or other matter leaning against the walls, ordinarily at the door of houses in rural areas."

Many of you will have seen them in the squares, attached to the wall of the church. It is also a common element in the courtyards of old stone houses. In the towns and villages the ladies tend to meet in them"a la fresca"; sure that more than once you have witnessed the scene. At this point we are sure that more than one image has come to your head, are we wrong?

The poyete is a work bench that uses an existing wall or wall as a backup. It is an element of work that requires an investment and a minimum maintenance . Weight reasons to consider installing a pole in your yard or garden, but not the only ones:

  • They are economical because they are manufactured on site.
  • They provide you with a place to sit without the need to buy a specific item for it.
  • his maintenance is simple ; they endure the inclemencies meteorological. You can install them in very cold, rainy places or close to the sea.
  • They are easily cleaned ; you can hose them.
  • Some cushions will be enough to make them more comfortable and give them your own style


Types of poyetes

According to the material with which they are manufactured and the finish that we have wanted to divide the poyetes into three types: exposed stone poyetes, rayed stone poyetes and concrete poyetes. All of them can be found both outdoors and indoors, although with nuances.

Poyetes de piedra vista

In the rural zones of the interior of Spain probably this is the type of poyete with greater prominence. They are poyetes with exposed stone that occupy a privileged place in the house and that are usually dressed with mats and cushions in soft tones that do not rob the prominence to the stone but that complement it. The position of the sun usually determines its disposition; the purpose was to have a cool place in the house to spend the afternoon.

Studded and painted stone poyetes

The poyetes are elements that are not lacking either in the bucolic white villages of the Mediterranean. In these, like the houses are whitewashed, the poyetes are painted to create that continuity with the facade. The complements acquire in these a greater protagonism; the textiles in warm colors or vibrant roses become favorites.

Concrete poyetes

Another very common material for building poyetes is concrete. With the prominence that this material has recently gained in interior design, it should not be surprising that when it comes to creating poyetes inside our homes, this is the most requested material. We can find them in homes with modern design, cozy rural spaces... whatever The style of your home the concrete poyetes will fit.

How do we use the poyetes?

In many houses the poyetes are used as an isolated element in front and backyards in order to provide the family with a space in which to relax in the cool. At other times we find them included in outdoor leisure areas ; usually next to a large table to eat or just spend hours with the family.

And if we use them that way on the outside, why not transfer the idea to the inside? In a room the poyetes provide us with a large number of seats to accommodate friends and family. If we put them on the corner, they can also provide a meeting place a great space to eat with just a table.

So that the poyetes are more comfortable the ideal is to dress them with mattresses and cushions. Textile articles that during the winter in the coldest and rainiest areas will need to be collected so that they do not spoil. An advantage is that you only have to replace these when you want to transform the space.

To us the poyete seems a great alternative to make more practical both outdoor and indoor spaces economically. To you?