Whether it’s an outside dinner party or a casual barbecue, serve your al fresco meal in style on the right outdoor dining table. Today’s options range from tables appropriate for a formal dinner party to those perfect for a casual cocktail for a party of two.
Choosing an Outdoor Dining Table
Outdoor dining tables are designed to be weatherproof as well as mold- and bug-resistant—but they can also add serious style to your deck or patio. Consider the following factors when selecting a dining table:
● Table Shape. Measure your patio before choosing an outdoor table. A square or round patio table will fit comfortably in a smaller space. For a large lawn or patio, choose a rectangular or oval table measuring six feet or more in length. A hinged, half-round version can fold against the wall when not in use.
● Seating Capacity. The seating capacity can depend on the shape of the table. Larger rectangular or oval tables have plenty of room for eight to 10 people. An 8-foot table in fashionable concrete will serve as the design centerpiece for your outdoor dining area as well as seat many of your friends.
● Frame Material. Wood outdoor dining tables are beautiful and sturdy. An outdoor farmhouse table is on trend and works for a deck or lawn. If you like the style and look of wood but not the upkeep, consider a plastic lumber frame. Made from 100 percent plastic materials, these tables are easy to clean after meals and have a long lifespan. An aluminum patio table is durable and sleek. It’s also lightweight, so you can move it around the yard.
● Surface Design. Natural stone or slate turns your dining area into a statement piece. A metal table topped with a mosaic of tiles is colorful and stylish, while a glass patio table top is refined and modern.
Choose an outdoor dining set with matching chairs, or mix and match your seating for an eclectic look.
Extendable and Folding Tables
Extendable tables allow you to adjust the shape and seating capacity to fit any arrangement. Extra panels butterfly-fold and glide underneath the top. They’re not visible when not in use. Consider a folding table or collapsible picnic table for outdoor dining furniture that’s easy to transport and store.