Patio Dining Tables
There is no hard and fast rule about the size and shape of patio dining tables, which explains why
there are so many different ones on the market. From small bistro style tables to ones that can accommodate a dozen
or more people, patio dining tables are purchased more for functionality than appearances. Depending on the size of
the family or amount of entertaining that may be done the table should reflect its intended use.
From inexpensive painted tin to wrought iron with glass tops, patio dining tables are the center piece of many
outdoor furniture sets. Typically, they are made of wrought iron, aluminum or teak due to the material’s durability
and strength against the elements. Paint technology has allowed the iron sets to stand up to years of exterior
exposure and aluminum is known for its ability to ward off the effects of corrosion. Teak, while wildly popular is
still wood and requires appropriate steps to protect it from weather damage.
Older couple seem to prefer smaller, round patio dining tables to provide an intimacy between
the two family members, whether they choose to dine at the table or use it simply to support their drinks while
they read the paper, books, the newspaper or just talk about the grandchildren.
The More Tables, The Merrier The Party
Larger families may need several patio dining tables in able to provide seating for all members of the family as
well as hosting parties and family gatherings. It also allows for separating different factions of a family that
may not get along as well as the others. Those who host multiple gatherings may have several patio dining tables on
a large patio or deck, including large rectangular tables as well as several smaller tables to allow the groups to
break up into interested parties.
Most patio dining tables includes spaces in the top through which umbrellas can be placed to help keep the sun
off of those seated around the table. Umbrellas can be folded down when not in use and left in the patio dining
tables for when the sun is too bright. Appropriate care is needed with outdoor tables to keep them clean and free
of debris. Insects may also find homes in hollow spots on the tables and surprise visitors not expecting their
While appearance is an important part of choosing patio dining tables, durability and function should come
first. It will not matter how good a table looks if no one wants to use it or it falls apart during the first