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Garden Dining Tables

When it comes to outdoor entertaining and dining, no patio furniture set is complete without a table or two. Coffee tables and side tables can help mimic the outdoor living room feel, while dining and picnic tables, as well as beverage, bistro and bar tables, can ensure that no barbecue or party goes without the necessary seating and supplies. If you're in the market for some new patio tables, keep this in mind as you shop.

What outdoor tables should I buy?

This is mostly determined by your overall space and the rest of your furniture. You can easily add too many tables into the mix, so you want to make sure that the table-to-seating ratio makes sense. Each seat should have a place to set drinks and food plates, so if you have a sofa and two armchairs, try two side tables and a coffee table. You should also consider other accent tables that might make entertaining easier, like a bar or beverage table to keep drinks outdoors or a bistro table for additional standing room. You can even add a fire pit table for roasting marshmallows later in the night. If you enjoy eating outdoors, a dining table is also a must. With all your furniture, just be sure it can withstand temperature fluctuations and moisture.

What table material options are there?

There are plenty of waterproof and weatherproof materials that will fit your style. Wicker and wood are both classic choices, while metal and rattan are more contemporary, with the right finishes. Aluminium, glass and teak are also popular. Consider the maintenance level and family safety issues as you make your decision; after all, metal and glass might be dangerous with small children around.

How large should my outdoor dining table be?

The size of your dining table is largely dictated by your needs. If you entertain a lot and have the space, a six- to eight-person table might be worth the investment. On the other hand, if you need it primarily for dinner with a family of four, you might want to use the space (and money) elsewhere. Regardless of your needs, be sure to measure your space, and the product you want, before making the purchase. Ensure there is plenty of room for moving chairs, as well as walking space on every side.
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