Contemporary Outdoor Dining Furniture
Temperate weather calls for outdoor living – and, especially, outdoor dining. Before alfresco season begins, be sure that your outdoor space is furnished with comfortable, high-quality outdoor dining furniture. The best pieces are crafted of durable, weather-resistant materials.
• Powder-coated aluminum
This type of furniture is usually crafted of cast aluminum and finished with a powder coating that protects it from the elements. It’s also anti-rust and UV-resistant.
• Woven resin cord
Also known as all-weather wicker, this material looks like traditional wicker, but it’s far more durable.
Look for wood outdoor furniture crafted of teak, which is a naturally weather-resistant wood. If left unsealed, teak develops a silvery grey patina over time.
Natural stone, such as terrazzo or granite, stands up to weather conditions. A stone outdoor dining table, for example, will stand the test of time.
• Recycled high-density polyethylene
Also referred to as recycled plastic, this type of furniture is waterproof, fade-resistant, and lightweight.
Whether you’re looking for all-weather outdoor dining sets or prefer to choose pieces à la carte, there are many pieces of contemporary outdoor dining furniture from which to choose.
Types of Outdoor Dining Furniture
Within the broad categories of outdoor dining tables and dining chairs, there’s a wide range of sizes and styles. A bistro set, such as a café table and matching chairs, is a smart choice for small spaces. Many outdoor bistro chairs are foldable to further maximize space when they’re not in use. A bar height outdoor dining set comprises a high-top table and bar stools or chairs. This type of dining arrangement also works well in tight areas since it makes use of vertical space. Outdoor dining sets for four often combine a round or square table with four chairs. If your outdoor space is compact, consider replacing the chairs with table-height stools. Conversely, if you have ample room, opt for cozy upholstered armchairs that will encourage your guests to kick back and relax. Large rectangular or oval-shaped tables can be paired with armchairs, stools, or even benches. Benches are a multifunctional dining chair that can comfortably seat several people without occupying a large footprint. Depending on the length of the bench, you can also slide it beneath the dining table when not in use to improve traffic flow.
How to Choose Outdoor Dining Furniture for Your Space
Ultimately, the best outdoor furniture for you will depend on the size of your space, the weather conditions, and your personal taste. Small patio dining sets are an optimal choice for a balcony or skinny side yard. To maximize space even in a large area, select an outdoor dining table with bench seating. If your patio or deck is often exposed to strong winds, choose an outdoor dining table with a stone base. Pair it with powder-coated aluminum chairs. Similarly, if your outdoor space is often exposed to rain, consider a patio dining set with a slatted table that will prevent water from pooling. HAY’s selection of high-quality outdoor furniture combines comfort with durability. Find the right set – or choose pieces à la carte – to furnish your outdoor space for alfresco meals.