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Tips For Shopping For Outdoor Dining Furniture

Tips for shopping for outdoor dining furniture

When planning an alfresco entertaining area, choosing outdoor dining furniture carefully is vital as it affects the entire atmosphere of your area and how you use it. Consider your needs, the durability of different materials, comfort, and the style that best complements your space when analysing outdoor dining furniture options.

Choosing outdoor dining furniture

When choosing a new setting, you’ll want to choose a style that is the right size and design to fit in your space. Whether you’re updating an existing table or purchasing an entirely new outdoor dining furniture setting, it’s a decent rule of thumb to allow roughly 60cm of table space for each individual, regardless of the table’s shape or size. Minimalist-style chairs are better if you’re constantly in need of extra seats than bulkier types with arms.

When entertaining large groups, a rectangular dining table can often accommodate an additional chair at either end or a bench seat along one or both sides. As a single piece of outdoor dining furniture, dining bench seats are less cluttered than a row of chairs since they can be tucked fully beneath the table when not in use. In the event that you only have parties once or twice a year, stackable chairs can be a good option for your outdoor dining furniture.

You should measure the under-bench height if you have a bar table or a window servery bar. A 20-30cm gap between the top of the stool seat and the base of the bench or tabletop is ideal for leg room.

Choosing materials

Outdoor dining furniture

There are a wide variety of materials available for outdoor dining furniture. These include rattan, polypropylene, wicker and resin. Consider your budget, outdoor location, and intended look when making your decision.

Consider the aesthetic appeal, long-term usability, and simplicity of upkeep while evaluating various construction materials. Cushioned seats, wicker and rattan, and powder-coated aluminium and timber chairs, particularly teak, are more weather-resistant in enclosed alfresco spaces than other materials. Timber chairs should be oiled once a year to keep them looking their best.


Stools and chairs with an enclosed back, which allow you to add an extra cushion for lumbar support if necessary, may be an excellent choice if you tend to enjoy long, leisurely alfresco meals.

Additional comfort is provided by the addition of padded seats. It’s important to remember that outdoor dining furniture settings with arm rests take up more space.

Mix and match

Mixing things up is a fun and elegant way to create originality in your alfresco space. A Hamptons/country vibe can be achieved by pairing a wood table with a black or white wood cross back chair, while a modern style can be achieved by pairing a glass or concrete-look table with aluminium chairs. Just make sure the parts are connected by using either a dark or a light colour scheme.

Check items before you purchase

Take a seat before you buy a patio chair or sofa if you’re looking for one. Comfortable furniture is a must, especially in the warmer months when people spend more time outside. It’s unlikely that you and your guests will appreciate your patio as much if it’s furnished with uninviting items. Invest in plush seats and backs, or dress up metal and wood pieces with soft pillows for maximum cosiness. To avoid colour fading or mildew growth, ensure that all textiles are weather-resistant. The best way to know if your items will hold up to your outdoor space is to test them before you make the decision to purchase. Sit in them and see how comfortable they feel!

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