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Tips for Buying Perfect Outdoor Dining Table

Dining under the stars, or having your morning coffee, or have an outdoor surface for books and projects, Australian summers offer a perfect alfresco living. However, for this, you need to have a perfect dining table. There are several factors to consider before buying an outdoor dining table.

This buying guide walks you through the process.


The material of the outdoor dining table determines its look. The material also affects durability and formality. Wooden tables, such as teak, cedar, eucalyptus or acacia, are more traditional options in outdoor furniture to accentuate the looks. Woods that have been stained or sealed handle weather better than those that have not, and wooden outdoor tables will often develop a patina over time. Metal tables, especially iron tables, are very formal garden and patio furniture, but they are some of the most durable options as well. Metal patio tables are heavy, making them great for windy locations. Keep in mind that certain metals may rust over time. Plastic or PVC outdoor tables are lightweight, low on maintenance and easy on the budget, but they can mildew in wet climates.

Size and Shape

Outdoor tables come in a wide range of sizes and shapes to choose from. For instance, round tables take up less space than rectangular ones and are more casual and can be used for a variety of purposes. Square outdoor tables are also a good option if you have a small patio or if only a few people will be dining outside. Rectangular and oval outdoor tables are more formal, require a large patio and can seat many people for dinner. Bistro tables, cafe tables and bar tables are small and very informal, making them perfect for lunch for two or for small patios and balconies.

Chairs and Umbrellas

Most outdoor tables do not come with chairs so you’ll need to purchase them separately. Buying separate chairs offer unique, contemporary style or buy a patio dining set so they all match. If you plan to use your table a lot during the day, then invest in a patio umbrella as well to shade your outdoor living space.

So, these are some tips for creating a perfect outdoor ambience.