If you are looking to offer your visitors a great dining experience, an outdoor dining set that provides comfortable seating is essential. Just like all your outdoor furniture for your hotel, restaurant or resort, your patio dining sets must be a reflection of the image you want to show. You can choose, depending on your outdoor space, from bistro-style tables and chairs to more traditional wood pieces. Here are three main factors you need to consider before heading to your outdoor furniture manufacturer, supplier or store to buy patio dining sets.
- Material: Sturdy woods, metals like teak, powder-coated aluminum, and rattan are popular choices for outdoor dining furniture. Before choosing the right material, you need to consider three main factors: durability, comfort and versatility. While Teak is more durable than other materials when exposed to sunlight and rain, wood is probably the most beautiful one. On the other hand, rattan is the most comfortable one due to its tight cushy weaves. If your outdoor furniture sets are exposed to sunlight and rain, consider complimenting rattan furniture with a patio umbrella. Aluminum is more versatile because of its lightweight, but still sturdy and comes in different colors.
- Size: Although size is probably the most important aspect when buying outdoor furniture dining sets, it is often overlooked. Typically the best patio dining sets will fit into your outdoor space without making it feel overcrowded. Your outdoor dining table has to accommodate all your guests comfortably while still leaving enough room to walk around it. The width of your table should be at least 36 inches (91 cm) wide to make ample space for place settings as well as food.
The size of your outdoor dining sets will depend on your outdoor space. Generally, bistro-style sets (two chairs and one table) are ideal for small patios and decks. So if you’re looking to create a small corner for relaxation, they can be a great option.
Round tables are also great for small areas. They fit in tight spaces and have no sharp corners to bump into. Having no corners makes it fit more people. Pedestal outdoor tables are even better, as they offer more legroom. If you have a large space in your garden or patio, go with full rectangular outdoor dining sets. Although the round table can be a space saver, the larger it gets the harder it becomes to reach the mashed potatoes.
- Surface: Wood table tops require the least amount of maintenance since they can be easily wiped clean with a bit of mild soap. Metal tables, if left out in direct sun for extended periods, can heat up quickly, so it’s best to keep them in a shaded area or under a patio umbrella. Similarly, glass table tops are simple to clean and make pretty accents in a garden, but their fragile nature means they’re best used in covered porches, patios or decks. Moreover, they’re weak against the elements so they should definitely be moved indoors during colder seasons.