Come nice weather, there is no better way to enjoy a meal than dining al fresco with friends and family. An outdoor dining table elevates your backyard into a private patio lounge, where the people that matter most can gather and socialize. Whether you are looking to host lively garden parties or are just trying to make the most of a terrace, the right table choice will be a part of your memories for years to come. We offer a wide selection of luxury tables that meet any requirement of form and function.
Selecting a table size
The first thing to consider is the size of your outdoor space. Measuring the area will help you avoid awkward, cramped dinners. Make sure to leave about three feet of open space so diners can scoot their chair back and unwind after a nice meal.
If you are shopping for a smaller area, take a cue from buzzing Parisian cafes and consider a bistro table. This romantic option is perfect when space is at a premium. Barlow Tyrie's 27" Equinox Round Bistro Table, for example, accommodates two diners and is perfect for an intimate urban balcony, and Mamagreen's 27" Caffe Folding Bistro Table features a sophisticated flip-top to save even more space when the table is not in use.
Extendable outdoor dining tables sit at the other end of the spectrum, a wise investment for frequent entertainers who need not make any concessions to space and dream of hosting lavish garden parties. Garpa's Fontenay collection is perfect for such upscale soirees, with an eight person outdoor dining table that exudes the timeless elegance of the belle epoque. For those seeking something quintessentially Scandinavian, Skargaarden's teak Oxno Extendable Dining Table extends from 7 to nearly 10 feet .
What shape dining table is right for me?
The shape of your patio table should fit your space, but can also contribute to the atmosphere you wish to cultivate. Oval patio dining tables, like Ethimo's 95" Esedra Dining Table, which takes design cues from classical Roman architecture, are preferable for more formal affairs, while square and round outdoor dining tables bring the casual ambiance of a family kitchen table.
Sometimes your space determines the best shape. For example, a classic farmhouse with a wrap-around porch requires a rectangular narrow outdoor dining table if you wish to seat six or more guests. Compact square and circle tables are your best bet if you live in a sunny area and want an outdoor dining table with an umbrella hole.
What material should I choose?
Teak offers the best performance against the elements and possesses a natural beauty, which is why we carry a large selection of luxury teak outdoor dining tables from top manufacturers like Gloster and Barlow Tyrie. Over time, teak develops a natural silver-grey patina and can endure decades of exposure to the open air.
If teak isn't for you, we offer tables in a range of premium materials that satisfy varying environments and stylistic preferences. Ceramic outdoor dining tables carry the natural look of stone, but are much easier to maintain than the real thing. Manutti's Torsa range includes ceramic tables in the style of dark brown emperador marble and Talenti offers a stunning selection of tables in the style of Ceppo di Gré, a prized stone quarried in Northern Italy.
Aluminum outdoor dining tables with a modern, lightweight frame pair well with stone or glass tops, like Garpa's sophisticated Temper series. Powder-coated marine-grade stainless steel also has a modern look and performs better in demanding coastal environments where sun, salt water, and wind are a daily reality.
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