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Cheap Picnic Tables

Updated on June 19, 2014

Affordbale Tables for Picnic and Camping

For those of us who enjoy the outdoors, tailgating and camping, a cheap picnic table is a must-have accessory to have. This is the kind of gear that everyone should have in their car since they are lightweight and take very little space. Small and portable tables are great for camping, or even the short road trip, but they also double as affordable extra tables for when you have big get-togethers with friends and family.

The portable ones are great to have in the car or RV for those on-the-fly moments when you have found the perfect spot for a break. Most of these are collapsible, folding picnic tables that really take very little space once broken down.

Featured below is my selection of tables that fit the bill for being affordable and useful.

Image shows the Coleman Pack-Away Table with telescoping legs which is a excellent tailgating table.

Compact Folding Beach Table
Compact Folding Beach Table

Salt and sand can't hurt this folding table which is low and simple and quite perfect for beach use.

if you sit in the sand and stretch your legs out under the table, you have a steady and clean lunch platform!


Our stops along the way - Picnics create solid family bonds.

Nice location for a short picnic
Nice location for a short picnic

When I was a kid we did a lot of road trips. Most of these would be over the weekend, sometimes just over the day. This was during the 70's and at that time there weren't as many fastfood stops along the way as we see today. That of course was a good thing because you had to bring along your own food. So we would make an effort to find a calm spot with some nice scenery, pull over and set up our temporary lunch camp - which sure beats going inside a grease parlor.

Three-in-one toss game

Mom was a good cook and always had more than enough food ready for the gang at every stop. We would break out the folding camping chairs and tables and set a proper table, with cutlery and napkins (that always blew away).

It was just the way we liked it, without any stress and it offered a good opportunity for family activities after the meals such as a game of backgammon, or toss games of all sorts.

It is good to see that this type of table is back in popularity.

Image by picnicers

Folding suitcase table made of aluminum

World Outdoor Products Original QUATRO FOUR Six Person Lightweight Aluminum Adjustable Portable Folding Table.
World Outdoor Products Original QUATRO FOUR Six Person Lightweight Aluminum Adjustable Portable Folding Table.

This is one of the better aluminum tables for larger groups that has some unique features: 2 different height adjustments, can be used as a 2 section or 4 section table and it folds down to a suitcase with handle.


Permanent Garden Table and Bench Combo

Hopkins 90182ONLMI 2x4basics Picnic Table Kit, Sand (Frames Only)
Hopkins 90182ONLMI 2x4basics Picnic Table Kit, Sand (Frames Only)

Pretty cheap price considering the amount of table and seating space you get.


Cheap and Sturdy Table Frame - Build your own table

Picnic table metal frame
Picnic table metal frame

If you want a picnic table that is solid but cheap then I suggest you only buy the picnic table metal frame. With only a frame you can customize the surfaces any way you want. The samples above show what this table frame looks like with different wood choices.

Buy the metal frame for the tables shown above.

Top Rated Picnic Table for Kids

Step2  Naturally Playful Picnic Table with Umbrella
Step2 Naturally Playful Picnic Table with Umbrella

The Step 2 picnic combo for kids is a top seller!


Don't Want a Table? - How about a outdoor blanket?

A small table might be great but sometimes it simply isn't the best solution. A tough blanket is also a more traditional approach to eating in the park, or on the beach. Keep a outdoor blanket in the car for all eventualities.

See more outdoor picnic blankets like the one above.

Do you Picnic? Own a picnic table?

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      sojourner-1 4 years ago

      Great ideas for outdoor tables.

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      renagirl 4 years ago

      I love picnics and camping nice lens

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Actually, we do not have a table outdoors! Hmmm..

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      I loove to picnic. Me and Kingsley go out on picnic quests often.