27 Exceptionally Elegant Outdoor Dining Tables

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Nothing beats the pleasure of a meal under the open sky. Over the years, I’ve transformed my backyard into a private dining oasis, and the centerpiece? My outdoor dining table. Here’s my personal take on how to select the perfect one for your space.

What I’ve Learned From My Own Patio

Before diving into a purchase, it’s paramount to gauge what you’re looking for. Having hosted countless backyard soirées, I’ve found the table size essential. Anticipate your guest list. Larger families or those frequently entertaining may lean towards a bigger table.

However, don’t forget to measure your space! My first table was a tad too large, making the patio feel congested. You’ll want enough room to move chairs and for guests to navigate comfortably. And while we’re discussing sizes, think shapes: round for intimate dinners and rectangular for grander affairs.

Fun Fact: Round tables were a knight's choice during medieval times to signify equality.

Additionally, consider maintenance and durability. I learned this the hard way when a sudden storm damaged my first wooden table. Ensure your choice can stand up to your local weather.

Material Matters: My Favorites and Why


Wood exudes a classic charm. I love my teak table for its natural resistance to decay and insects. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but the long-lasting charm makes it worthwhile. Just remember, it does demand some TLC to maintain its sheen.


Aluminum tables are my beach house favorite. Lightweight and rust-resistant, they’re perfect near the water. However, if you live in a windy locale, you might consider the heavier wrought iron. Just be prepared to keep rust at bay!


Ah, wicker, the perfect blend of style and low maintenance. My poolside is adorned with a synthetic resin wicker table. If you’re considering wicker, always go for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) over PVC, ensuring longevity.


Rattan brings a tropical feel. But remember, it’s delicate. Ihad a lovely rattan piece once, but it couldn’t endure the elements. It’s best suited for covered patios or sunrooms.

Patio Sets

If you’re a fan of cohesiveness like me, patio sets are a boon. Everything you need in a single style, ensuring a uniform look.

My Go-to Designs

  • Wooden Tables: Timeless and versatile. I had mine painted to match my patio’s vibe.
  • Metal Tables: Modern and lasting. My coastal home boasts a powder-coated aluminum piece, unaffected by salt-laden winds.
  • Glass Tables: A touch of elegance. Paired with metal or wood bases, they’re the epitome of sophistication. I have a tempered glass table that’s held up against many a spilled drink!
  • Concrete Tables: Trendy and sturdy. You can even have these custom-made to fit your desired size and shape. Mine’s stained to match the patio flooring.
  • Folding Tables: A lifesaver for smaller spaces. Easy to set up for an impromptu dinner and store away post-event.
Pro Tip: Always account for the overall aesthetic of your outdoor space when choosing a style. It ensures harmony in design.

Crafting the Perfect Dining Ambiance

Seating arrangements are paramount. Make sure your guests are comfortable. From benches to chairs, there’s a plethora of choices. I personally love mixing things up. My dining space features a blend of chairs and a cozy outdoor sofa, fostering a relaxed dining aura.

Consider ambient lighting for those dusk dinners. I’ve lined my dining area with fairy lights, which, when dusk falls, creates the perfect enchanting setup.

A Splash of Color

Finally, let’s talk color. My patio went from drab to fab when I introduced color. Neutral shades like beige, white, and gray offer versatility. But if you’re like me and love a splash of vibrancy, go bold with reds or blues. Just remember to coordinate with the surroundings. If you’re going for a more earthy feel, natural wood tones are your best friend.

To wrap up, choosing an outdoor dining table requires a blend of practicality and aesthetics. Gauge your needs, visualize the setup, and get the table that beckons you to dine outdoors. Happy dining!

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