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How do I Choose the Best Patio Dining Furniture?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated May 16, 2024
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To choose the best patio dining furniture for you, consider your porch size and type as well as your budget, style preference and climate. Wicker patio furniture may be ideal in all of these categories for one person, but not another. Of course, the patio dining furniture you select should also accommodate the number of people you'll need to seat most often. If you'll occasionally need more dining space, consider buying another, smaller table and chair set to place on the other side of your porch or elsewhere in your yard. Choosing a smaller and a larger patio dining table that can be pushed together can be a versatile way to help you accommodate guests for an outdoor party or barbecue.

If you have only a small apartment balcony, then you'll be more limited in the size of patio dining furniture to choose. Tables with a folding, or drop, leaf can be effective for small patios since this feature allows them to be pushed against a wall to save space. When extra dining seats are needed, the table can be moved out and the leaf raised up. It's a good idea to pay extra attention to style when selecting patio furniture for plainer porches. For example, if your porch design is rather plain in design or lackluster in color, an ornate, black wrought iron patio dining set may be the best choice. Simple white plastic dining furniture isn't likely to transform the look of an outdoor patio.

For large patios, take care not to choose a dining set that is too small for the space. Patio dining furniture should fit in with the scale of everything surrounding it. If you are looking for a very large dining table, consider a round rather than rectangular one, as it may fit your yard layout better. It's also often easier for more diners to communicate and hear each other at a round rather than a long table.

Consider your outdoor surface when selecting patio dining furniture. If your patio is rugged stone, sturdy metal dining table legs may be best. Whatever material the outdoor dining set you decide on is made of, it's essential to make sure the construction is solid so the table and chairs don't wobble. If you have a covered patio, then a dining table with an umbrella isn't needed, but this is a good feature for roofless porches.

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Discussion Comments
By Ocelot60 — On May 20, 2014

Though wicker furniture can be damaged by inclement weather, it is very nice patio dining furniture for people who have enclosed patios. Wicker is beautiful and comfortable, and will last a long time if it isn't exposed to rain, sun, wind, and snow.

By Heavanet — On May 19, 2014

I think that plastic or vinyl patio furniture is the best option for people who want outdoor furniture that serves its purpose but doesn't cost a lot of money.

This type of patio furniture comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. It can even be painted with special spray paint if you can't find the color you want. So regardless of your preferences and exterior color scheme, you can find what you are looking for with plastic and vinyl patio furniture. You may even be able to save more money by shopping at patio furniture clearance sales to find your new furniture.

This inexpensive style of patio furniture doesn't have to be boring, either. You can dress it up with patio cushions, and arrange it to look appealing and inviting. It is durable, easy to clean, and comfortable, and you do not have to spend a fortune to furnish your patio.

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