The table will be the focal point of the dining set, so it's important to get it right. The most important factor influencing your decision should be the space you have available - nobody wants to buy a dining set just to realize it's too big for their space!
Have a large area to fill? => Oval or rectangle
- Oval and rectangle tables are both great options for filling a large space.
- They can hold a lot of people, so they're perfect for people who host garden parties on the regular.
- Some models will even have extendable parts that will let more guests join the table!
- These two shapes are quite formal though, so they may not be the best option if you prefer having a more casual atmosphere.
- The most common material for oval and rectangle outdoor tables is wood, followed closely by plastic.
Want a more intimate atmosphere? => Round or square
- Round and square outdoor tables tend to be smaller in size than oval and rectangle tables.
- There's no 'head of the table' so everything feels a lot more intimate and casual.
- They're much easier to store away and don't take up a lot of space on your patio.
- Wicker sets usually have square tables, while aluminum and wrought iron sets seem to favor round tables.
Have really limited space? => Bar-height
- Bar-height tables are an amazing solution to having limited space but still wanting more than two people to be able to use the outdoor dining set.
- Coupled with some barstools, you'll be creating a quite intimate setting.
- This type of table is capable of making even the smallest of spaces seem more open visually.
- Bar-height tables come in practically any material, but wood seems to be the most popular.
- Beware, bar-height tables are pretty hard to move around, so make sure to pick a spot wisely!
Want something just for you and a partner? => Bistro
- Bistro tables are perfect if only one or two people will be using the outdoor dining set.
- They provide just enough space for your food and drink and can be stored away indoors with ease.
- Speaking of indoors, if you're really short on cash, you can use a bistro table both indoors and outdoors, simply moving it from place to place when needed!
- Bistro tables are usually made out of aluminum or lightweight wood, though we have seen some plastic models out there too!