Your outdoor space could be anywhere, in a wide balcony opening to the city skyline or a ranch spread over acres of land. And during summers, it is a fun activity to spend your day outside with your family. All that you need for a little transformation is an outdoor dining table.
With minimal efforts and not a lot of investment, just by making an outdoor dining space, you can convert your balcony or patio into a space meant for family and friends to enjoy and relax together.
Before getting into some trendy outdoor dining table ideas, you need some tips to get the maximum potential out of your outdoor dining space.
Take into Account the Location
Small spaces are not the best locations to have a dining table in. An outdoor space should be big enough to fit in your entire family and be a safe space for you and your close ones.
Find an outdoor dining table that suits your personality. If you like inviting a lot of guests, a big table is the one for you. But if it’s a few people, a small one is good enough. Also, make sure your table is at a location that gives access to your kitchen and washroom.
If you have neighbours and you know you will be making a lot of noise, keep some gap between them and yourself. Don’t forget to take into consideration your own family. Avoid placing an outdoor setup under a child’s or an elder person’s room that could disturb them.
It is crucial to choose a setup considering everyone.
Select the Correct Outdoor Dining Set
Getting an outdoor dining set is a personal choice. But some things must be taken into consideration before getting an outdoor dining table for your space.
- Number of people using it?
- Is it for your immediate family, extended family or a lot of friends?
- Which shape will best complement your outdoor dining area?
- Is the dining table the perfect fit for your open space or is it too large or too small?
- Are you ready to spend a lot of time on the dining table? Should you make it comfortable for longer stays or functional just for meals.
- Do you want your outdoor dining table to match with the rest of your house or let it stand out?
Answering these few questions will be enough to give you a rough idea as to what you need in a dining table. It will help you save time and buy the perfect outdoor dining table.
Set Your Table
Setting your table in a certain way makes it easy to guess the event and also makes your table presentable and more charming than usual. Apart from showcasing different festivities, it also helps hide any kind of imperfections on an old table.
For outdoor dining activities, reusable tableware is the best option. Melamine glasses and plates are ideal as they have very fewer chances of breaking.
Give Your Guests the Best View
If you are lucky enough to live on a hilltop or a skyscraper, you are bound to have a beautiful, panoramic view of nature. Set your outdoor dining in a way that your guests enjoy this mesmerizing view to the fullest and you will receive a lot of compliments!
The Ambience Is the Key
An outdoor setting in itself is a way to provide a nice ambience to your visitors. But, a boost of something unusual will enhance the entire experience. Using a little bit of decor here and there will do it for you.
Decorate the table with a flower vase as a centrepiece and planters all around. Set up temporary speakers and play music suitable to the event going on, but keep it soft so your guests don’t have trouble communicating.
Add fairy lights to your planters, it will instantly light up the place and your visitors will be filled with a lot of warmth. And as a bonus, they will take great photographs of themselves!
A Pool Will Enhance the Experience
A property that has a swimming pool provides for the best outdoor setup anyone could wish for. Only two things you need to take care of is its regular maintenance as a pool can start looking filthy in a jiffy. And the availability of a room nearby to store the table and chairs.
Add effects like lights, pool fountains to make the entire setup even more pleasing to the eye.
Provision for Some Shade
You can have the most comfortable chairs and overall setup to have an enjoyable afternoon with close ones. But if your outdoor dining area is in a patio with the sun shining to the fullest, it will be one of the worst experiences for your guests.
To prevent this, set up an outdoor umbrella or a cover only for your dining area so that your visitors can relax and eat in peace. You will not have to worry about the weather at all.
Insects Must Stay Away
Insects can cause a lot of nuisance and ruin the prettiest of moments. And in an outdoor setup, the effect is much worse than indoors. But there are new techniques that help keep insects at bay to save you from embarrassment and ruined moments.
Citronella candles are an effective way to keep away biting bugs, and it also looks sophisticated on a table. The moving water feature is a great way to keep insects away, simultaneously freshening the air.
You can also use net curtains to cover up your patio and use them in a way that matches your setup theme. Do not forget to cover your food and plates in some way to keep food safe.
Keep Your Outdoor Dining Accessible
There can be times when you have visitors with mobility problems. Be sure to keep this thought in mind while setting up your outdoor dining space. This way, they can also be the part of your bash and have a great time with everyone.
Keep your entry and exit doors big enough for wheelchairs to pass through them. And maintain some extra space around the dining area for them to fit in.
Some Outdoor Dining Tables to Choose From
With so many types of outdoor dining tables available in the market, it can get very confusing to choose one from the entire lot. We have compiled a list of not only trendy but also the classic dining tables which will go with your space perfectly.
Outdoor Dining Table and Bench Set – Teak Finish
This easy to clean and the water-resistant set is perfect for keeping near swimming pools. The teak finish gives the entire space a classic look. Available in bright colours like yellow and turquoise and classic charcoal too.
The Expandable Dining Table for Outdoors
This table is quite simple, yet very functional. The wood used is the classic one without anything fancy for the simplicity lovers. On its own, it is ideal for the entire family and the side extensions also make it convenient for large crowds.
Glass Top Dining Table with Cushion Chairs for 8
This fashionable yet comfortable set is ideal for getting together. Your visitors will sense the stylishness without compromising on comfort. The exterior of the set is of a common colour but cushions are available on 14 different colours.
Teak Outdoor Dining Table for 10
This warm-toned teak finish table seats 10 people together. a maintenance kit comes with it to ensure that it stays in the best possible condition year after year.
Outdoor Dining Table Made of Faux Wood
This table is the perfect blend of wood and metal giving it an edge over others in class and style. This mix is sure to intrigue a lot of people. This table is available for you in 2 finishes.
Modern White Outdoor Dining Table
This rectangular table is a gift for all white lovers but is also available in black. This table will give your set up a fresh and bright look. Extremely lightweight that makes it easy to carry around.
Outdoor Drop Leaf Dining Table from Ikea
This table is a blessing for people with small patios or balconies. This is a versatile table because of the drop leaf sides and wooden design. It can easily seat 4 to 8 people.
Round Foldable Outdoor Table
This table has a round top and curved legs which makes for a killer statement piece in your outdoors. This is the exact boost of style you need in your household. It provides an intimate space for talking and when folded, can serve as a snack table too.
These are just a few of the most famous outdoor dining tables you can find online and in your nearby stores. There are so many more to choose from.
Keep all our suggestions in mind and then go for the table of your choice, that will easily get incorporated in your home and match your lifestyle.
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