Patio Dining Sets

Outdoor dining furniture for summer meals

Patio dining sets are a must-have for anyone who plans to dine or even entertain al fresco. Fortunately, finding the perfect outdoor dining set for your taste – and your budget – is easy when there are so many attractive and affordable options available.

There are two ways you can tackle your patio dining design, depending on the look you're going for:

  • Opt for a set. A patio dining set typically includes a patio table and chairs that match in material and design. For example, the spokes of a chair may be duplicated in a hem around the table or in the table's legs. One style point to consider is to reserve really elaborate designs for a larger patio. Smaller spaces generally benefit from clean lines and simple materials.
  • Choose a focal piece. Generally, if you're buying your patio table and chairs separately it will be the outdoor dining table that is the center of attention. A wrought iron mosaic patio table with tiling that matches your other patio accessories, such as your outdoor bar furniture, is a great way to add a punch of color and creativity to your outdoor dining furniture, particularly when paired with straight-lined wrought iron chairs. If you choose to make the chairs your outdoor dining set the centre of attention, consider a classic glass patio table that will blend seamlessly with many elaborate chair designs.

Outdoor Dining Furniture Durability

Before you focus too much on style for your patio table and chairs, be sure to consider durability as a buying factor. While it may seem smart to go for a budget patio dining set, if you have to replace it after a year or two, you're not saving yourself any money.

When it comes to durability, buying a dining set is all about the material. Resin patio sets are the lowest on the budget scale, but won't stand up like other materials. Wood outdoor dining furniture has a great balance between style and durability – a solid teak patio table and chairs for example, will last you for years and will never go out of style. Other durable materials include wrought iron, or for a little less, aluminum patio furniture.

No matter what material you choose, the best thing you can do to prolong the life of your outdoor dining furniture set is to care for it. Keeping it clean and sheltered from the elements will help keep your set in good condition during the summer season, while proper storage in the winter time will keep it like new for next year's dining and entertainment.

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