Outdoor Dining Furniture: Types Of Table Sets

I spend many hours each summer entertaining guests and throwing outdoor get togethers. I love the feeling of having everyone I care about right there with me eating, drinking, and laughing together.

To be honest, we’ve never used our inside dining area for much more than looks. When it’s just my husband and I, we usually watch “The Office” during dinner. (We love that show!) When friends are over we always end up in the backyard for some fresh air and relaxation.

I can honestly say one of my favorite things about outside is our outdoor dining furniture. This type of furniture is an important addition to any backyard or patio. It has many uses: birthday parties, summer BBQ, morning coffee, and the occasional card game.

There are several different types of outdoor dining furniture sets. This article will help you recognize the most popular types and share with you the average cost for the different types.

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Plastic Outdoor Dining Furniture

Plastic sets are the most affordable type of outdoor patio dining furniture and the most popular type. These types are nearly indestructible and are easy to store during colder months. They are also very easy to clean up. Plastic furniture sets come in nearly every color imaginable and have several different designs on the market. These types are not as eye appealing as the more expensive sets, but they do serve their purpose. Most plastic sets start out at around $80.00 or so.

Aluminum Outdoor Dining Furniture

Aluminum furniture sets are another popular choice for outdoor dining furniture and are very cost effective. They come in a variety of designs. Aluminum is durable and can stand up to Mother Nature without rusting. Aluminum furniture is also very easy to clean up. Spray your aluminum furniture with a water hose and it will be ready to use in no time. Cast Aluminum is made to look like real metals such as iron, but is cheaper than the real thing. Aluminum outdoor dining furniture sets usually start at around 200.00 for a good set. To find the best deals, buy discount outdoor dining furniture online.

Wood Outdoor Dining Furniture

Long lasting, durable, and eye appealing wood outdoor dining furniture is another top choice. The wood sets are made out of a few different types of wood, most commonly cedar and teak.

Teak is the more expensive of the two because it is a rain forest wood. Another reason it is more expensive is teak outdoor dining furniture can last up to 100 years. Teak furniture sets with 4 chairs and the table will generally average around $1000.00 for a decent set.

Cedar sets are sturdy and last about 20 years or so if properly taken care of. Cedar should be sealed once a year with protective sealant. Another plus for cedar is although it is strong and sturdy; it is not overly heavy, which makes it very easy to move around if you decide to rearrange your backyard dining area. Good quality outdoor cedar dining sets start at $600.00 and can be as high as $1200.00.

Outdoor Dining Furniture: Bistro Table Sets

Bistro sets usually consist of small round tables and two chairs. The table sets are made out of a number of materials but the most popular materials are various metals and wood. This type of table would be used in a smaller space.  There are now Bistro type sets that include folding chairs and flip top tables that make storing the table a cinch. Bistro tables are great for a cozy cup of coffee in the mornings or a late night dinner date for two. This is a very modern outdoor dining furniture type of table set. Bistro tables are very impressive and eye appealing.

Prices vary considerably, from very affordable to very expensive. The average cost for a decent bistro set is around $500.00.  As I’ve said before, look online for the best prices available and online buying discounts. This is the best way to get a quality bistro set, for less.

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Outdoor Dining Furniture: Picnic Tables

If you have children, investing in a picnic table is a very wise choice, but picnic tables can be a great idea for any backyard or outdoor occasion. These tables are sturdy and weather proof. One reason picnic tables are a great idea is it’s less formal than a regular outdoor dining table. Picnic tables allow for a more social get together because it utilizes every part of the table. If you want a more modern looking version of the traditional picnic table; they are also made in hexagon and octagon shapes as well. The price for picnic tables varies depending on the shape and type of materials used. For a traditional wooden picnic table, expect to pay about $200.00. For the more modern types you will probably pay around $600.00.

Decorating your backyard with an outdoor dining furniture set is an enjoyable feeling for the whole family. Remember that the backyard should be a relaxing place for family and friends to get together and enjoy each other’s company. I hope this article helps you find the best outdoor dining set for your future back yard get away.

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stephanie mclain 7 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Pacal!

I've always enjoyed being outside and close to family and friends. Dining or entertaining outside in general just makes sense to me. :)


Pacal Votan 7 years ago

This is a great informative hub, Stephanie. Thank you.

And yes, we do the same thing. Getting together is wonderful, and why do it inside when you have a backyard. :)

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