Whether your yard has a patio, a deck, or is all grass, a classic picnic table is an easy way to create an outdoor dining area. Today’s options provide great durability and styles to suit every taste.
Pick Your Picnic Table Material
Wooden picnic tables have long been the go-to choice for eating outdoors. You can leave them unfinished or paint them yourself. For a more refined look, choose a table made from renewable materials like western red cedar, which offers excellent resistance to rot and insects.
Metal picnic tables made from steel or aluminum are very durable thanks to a heavy coating that’s bonded to the frame.
Plastic options are stain-resistant, easy to clean, and come in styles ranging from classic to contemporary.
Weather-resistant picnic tables won’t crack or fade even if they’re left outside year-round. Made from Poly-Wood or vinyl, they combine the look of traditional wood with the strength of modern materials.
Choose the Perfect Shape
Additionally, you’ve got more shapes to choose from than the standard rectangular design. Fill a nook in your yard with a round picnic table, or embrace the flexibility of folding options. Kids get excited to eat when they have their own small-scale picnic table.
If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, you can build a DIY picnic table with some basic tools and materials—even one with a built-in cooler.