A garden table - like an indoor table - can be used for many different purposes. The type of preferred use determines the dimensions.
Side tables are small and light and can therefore be used flexibly. They have usually a height of up to 70 centimeters.
Coffee tables are the flattest model among the tables and not infrequently have only a height around 30 centimeters. They are usually moved only sporadically, which is due to the fact that they are more expansive.
Dining tables usually have a height of about 75 centimeters. In combination with chairs or benches, which have a standard seat height of about 45 centimeters, this allows for comfortable sitting while dining. To find the right table size applies here: Per seat should be counted on the garden table a area of 40 x 60 centimeters - the size of the table is therefore based on how many people there should be room for.
When arranging the chairs at the designer garden table, it is important to pay attention to the placement of the table legs or the type of base. If the legs are located at the corners of the table top, chairs can be placed along the entire length of the table. In contrast, dining tables for the garden, where the legs are indented and are located slightly further under the table top, require the placement of chairs at the ends. It should also be noted here that the chairs on the long sides actually fit between the table legs.
A round garden dining table looks more sociable and gives the dining area an impressive prominence just by its shape. However, such a dining area requires significantly more area with comparable seating to a rectangular dining table.
Often in the garden or balcony also small dining places are set up for breakfast or a short break. In this case, smaller bistro tables are best suited - whether round or square.
Standing tables - also called bar tables - have a height of 90-110 centimeters. This height allows when eating a snack or enjoying a drink the comfortable standing next to. In combination with an outdoor bar stool it is also possible to sit at a bar table.
How big a garden table should be depends on the space and intended purpose:
For small outdoor areas, balconies or small number of people are flexible solutions in the form of folding tables or directly mounted tables are ideal: The former are available completely to fold away (1 and 2), which has the advantage that the space can also be used completely elsewhere, or flexible to the number of people partly to fold away (4).
Practical are also models where table and seat are directly connected (3). This reduces underframes and reinforces a tidy, clean impression.
For fluctuating numbers of people and for outdoor parties you can rely on practical, extendable dining tables.
"Do you have several outdoor areas, for example, several balconies or a front garden in addition to the garden? In that case, design the individual outdoor areas with the same series. So you can put everything together in the case of a larger number of people and benefit from a harmonious atmosphere." - Viktoria, interior design expert
To ensure that you enjoy your outdoor table for a long time, it is important to use only weather-resistant material as a matter of principle. In addition, you should cover your garden tables as much as possible during the cold and wet seasons when you are not using them, as extra protection.
The following materials are best suited for outdoor use:
The classic is a garden table made of wood (1). Teak is particularly popular, but also eucalyptus, acacia and bamboo give any outdoor area a warm and cozy atmosphere. With proper care, wood used outdoors is long-lasting and exceptionally durable. The golden rule for how often you should oil your garden table is at least once per season. This should not be done in direct sunlight and too high temperatures, so that the oil can be absorbed slowly. Before that, it is recommended to brush the wood well and remove coarse dirt. Special teak care tips for your garden furniture can also be found in our article "Teak - Care tips for your garden furniture".
Garden tables made of metal (2) can come in the form of stainless steel and aluminum and if they are powder coated or galvanized, it additionally increases the weather resistance. So you don't have to worry about rust. Metal tables, in addition to their durability and longevity, are easy to maintain and have a wide variety of colors and shapes . In addition, they look much higher quality than plastic.
The great advantage of outdoor tables made of plastic (3) is their light weight and value for money . Due to the lightness of the material, repositioning is child's play. However, it is important that the plastic is suitable for outdoors, so that it does not become porous or lose color intensity due to sunlight.
Garden tables made of stone (4), such as marble, concrete or a stone mixture, are durable, robust, hard-wearing as well as often difficult - which is a great advantage in wind and weather. Stone tables are also usually solid or at least appear so, which makes them in most cases the center of attention. Through the surface structures, grain and feel this impression is reinforced and they create a special flair of uniqueness and minimalism.
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