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Understanding External FF&E Industry Terms


FF and E Terms stand for furniture, fixtures and equipment, this article is intended as a brief guide to the correct FF and E terms used in external landscaping and outdoor furniture.  Hopefully, it will help avoid confusion when specifying or manufacturing different elements and may even be a source of inspiration for future projects. 

Raised Planter Edging 

What is it? Raised planter edging refers to the structural walls of planters.  Although they are often known in the external architectural metalwork industry simply as planters, this is misleading as technically, ‘planters’ would refer to the whole planter build-up including soil and plants. 

Where is it used?  Raised planter edging is the term used to describe the key structural component for planters and is commonly used at the rooftop level as part of roof gardens or at ground level in urban landscaping projects. 

Also known as…Planter Edging, Planters, Corten Edging, Steel Edging 

Logic Product Example: Corrio Planter Edging 

Featured Project Example:

Planter Edging -  FF and E Terms

Planter Tubs 

What are they? Planter Tubs are small standalone boxes of raised planter edging.  The internal structure is the same, however, planter tubs are often slightly higher than planter edging.  Planter tubs are generally more of an accessory whereas planters are often designed as an integral part of a landscape. 

Where are they used? Due to their relatively small size and given the fact that most planter tubs are standalone features, Planter Tubs are a much more versatile option compared to raised planter edging.  Therefore, they can be used in a variety of park and urban landscape settings. 

Also known as…Planter Box 

Logic Product Example: Stapel Planter Tub 

Featured Project Example: 

Planter Tubs -  FF and E Terms


Integrated Seating/Benches 

What are they?  Integrated seating is benches and seating incorporated into raised planter edging to create a seating space surrounded by plants and flowers.  The difference between seating and benches (backrest/no backrest) follows through into integrated seating, so an integrated seat will have a backrest.  Usually, integrated seating is set into the planters but sometimes the bench or seating element extrudes from the planter edge.  In many cases, specifiers include a mix of benches and seats with integrated seating – for example, there will be 2m of bench placed adjacent to 1m of seating to give users more choice in how they want to sit. 

Where are they used?  Integrated seating is used in conjunction with raised planter edging.  Due to the increased complexity and therefore cost, integrated seating is more likely to be found on private projects such as retail landscaping rather than public projects such as in a park.  Also, integrated seating is very space efficient which makes them ideal for roof terrace and garden spaces. 

Also known as… Wall Top Seat, Curved Planter Terrace Seat, Curved Terrace Seat, Integrated Planter Seating, Inset Benches 

Logic Product Example: Modal Integrated Seating 

Featured Project Example: Teesside Retail Park, Middlesbrough 

Integrated Seating -  FF and E Terms


Table and Bench Sets 

What are they? Table and bench sets, also known as picnic sets, provide a versatile outdoor platform for people to use. 

Where are they used? Although they can be used across all landscaping projects, table and bench sets are mainly used in park settings. 

Also known as… Picnic Sets 

Logic Product Example: Linean Table and Bench Set 

Featured Project Example: Sugar House Island, London

External Tables - FF and E Terms



What are they? Loungers are essentially a large version of seats with a slanted backrest.  Imagine them as the street furniture equivalent of an armchair.  They can also be incorporated with raised edging as an integrated lounger. 

Where are they used? Loungers are less common than planters and seating on landscaping and street furniture.  However, Logic has installed them on a public realm and a retail park project, see case study links below. 

Also known as…Sun Lounger, Reclined Seat 

Logic Product Example: Monte Lounger 

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