A Short Guide for Buying an Outdoor Dining Set


Buying an outdoor dining set is a pretty exciting process, since it means that you’re going to be able to enjoy meals outdoors, entertain outside, and generally have a space to spend time in and not be cooped up in the house. Since it is a big investment, there are a few things you should keep in mind when you’re buying. Here are three of the most important.

1. Quality is King
The thing about outdoor furniture that should be your absolute priority is quality. It’s tempting to buy the cutest or the trendiest look for your outdoor set, but what you really need is something that’s going to endure the weather as well as repeated use over time. Well-stained and maintained wooden outdoor furniture is pretty sturdy — and Amish furniture, which is made from 100% wood, is known for its quality. You might also explore hard resin or wrought iron options depending on the aesthetic look you’re going for.

2. Functionality is Essential
Aside from the high quality of your outdoor set, you’re also going to want to prioritize the functionality of it. About half (45%) of homeowners who have one use their dining room daily, and if you plan to use your outdoor set often, you’re going to need to make sure that it suits your needs well. Do you want to use it exclusively for entertaining and throwing large parties, or would you rather just have intimate dinners with the family every night? Rectangular tables with seating for six are the most popular dining tables, but you should make sure yours accommodates the number of guests you intend to have.

3. The Table Isn’t Everything
Comfort is actually one of the biggest things that come into play when a person is making a furnishing decision, so don’t forget that the table and chairs aren’t the only parts of an outdoor dining set. The best part of eating outdoors is, of course, eating outdoors, but it can get uncomfortable without a shade or umbrella to block the sun.

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