Budget-friendly outdoor dining essentials

It also comes in some amazing colors. Blue Melamine Plate Set : First impression: THOSE ARE PLASTIC?!?! Enough said. No more flimsy paper plates or ruining the environment with styrofoam, pick these bad boys up and set yourself a gorgeous table.

Collapsible Wine Cooler Tote : Ok, I know these look like plastic totes - but bear with me while I set the scene:. You're at a family picnic, the lake, a friend's BBQ and you bring your favorite bottle of white or rose. THEN you realize that there is no ice or no space in the cooler.

Luckily, you remember you threw these in your bag because they're collapsible! Cutlery Caddy : How many of us have used those plastic solo cups to "organize" your cutlery.

Iceless Wine Cooler : This is one of the more expensive things on the list, but it's freaking amazing. Here's why - It'll keep your wine at the perfect temperature for up to 6 hours!

I mean what bottle of wine lasts 6 hours, but that's neither here nor there. Outdoor Mosquito Repeller : Nothing can ruin the outdoors like a swarm of mosquitos at dusk. Tablecloth Weights : The days of having the wind blow the table cloth either off the table or into your food are officially over.

Unbreakable Rainbow Glasses : Full disclosure: I totally fell for the jewel toned glassware craze from a few years ago. I've had this set for a while and they have not just maintained their color, but have lasted various seasons. Looking for more shatterproof glassware options? Check out my other blog post Best Unbreakable Wine Glasses.

Shatterproof Pitcher : I love the modern lines of this pitcher. Also, one can never have enough pitchers we all need one for the iced tea and another for margaritas. Not only is it perfect for any outdoor bar, but it'll keep fruit, veggies, dips, etc. nice and cool for your guests! Want even more budget home goodness?

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Our team interviewed both landscape and furniture designers, including Aaron and Claire Van Holland of the Los Angeles furniture company House Van Holland formerly M.

We gathered more insight into what people are seeking in outdoor patio furniture by speaking with three retail experts in Pasadena, California: Veronica Hoodless, sales associate at the high-end Fishbecks outdoor-furniture store; Jesse Mezger, manager at the upscale Patioworld ; and Jesse Bawsel, manager at Armstrong Garden Centers.

To find good options that will last, we also looked at hundreds of tables, chairs, and sofas online, and at dozens in stores. Our initial research in rounded up 33 dining sets representing a promising balance of cost, features, and design. We whittled down that list by examining online reviews and, in some cases, talking to people who owned the furniture sets.

We made trips to Home Depot and IKEA to examine sets in person and witness how shoppers reacted to them in the stores. Then we ordered three dining sets and timed how long it took to assemble them in a Los Angeles backyard. For our update, we ordered another two dining sets and assembled them in another Los Angeles backyard.

During both tests, we examined screws, joints, and the apparent quality of construction. And, over the course of several weeks, we paid attention to how comfortable the dining sets were for different purposes, asking visitors to compare the comfort of the seats and the overall aesthetics of the sets.

In June , we researched six more patio dining sets. Due to testing limitations during the pandemic, we were not able to assemble these new sets at home.

So we narrowed our search to dining sets that we could touch and analyze at big-box stores, that had great reviews at the time, and that were eligible for return or exchange.

In , we expanded our research to direct-to-consumer brands—like Article, Blu Dot, and Neighbor—and added larger dining sets and new outdoor living room options, such as sofas and lounge chairs. Choosing great outdoor furniture involves more than just focusing on something you like the look of in a store or online.

Start by analyzing the shape and size of the outdoor area where you intend to place your new furniture. To create a proportional arrangement in an outdoor space, imagine it as you would any interior room. For example, if you place a long rectangular table across a tight square deck or balcony, the space will look cramped and awkward.

And this setup can damage nearby garden or patio features as people move to and from the table. Conversely, placing a small, round dining set in a capacious, open setting can create the impression of furniture floating adrift, losing sight of the shores of communal intimacy that a dining area should aspire to convey.

This helpful rule of thumb, used by interior designers, is also applicable to the outdoors: Leave at least 36 inches between the table and any wall, tree, or other physical object that may impede access. In our experience, it also helps to take a photograph from a high vantage point, as a supplement to any measurements.

The legs of all the pieces you choose should work with the surface area where you plan to place your furniture. At best, the wrong combination can prove bothersome, and at worst, dangerous. A long wooden bench or sofa placed on top of decomposed gravel creates a horrible mess we know this all too well from personal experience , while a thin-legged wrought iron chair is apt to catch between decking or sink into soft soil.

One dining set we tested—the Mercury Row Nikoleta—was perfectly suited to the smooth surface of a concrete patio or a wood deck. Yet when the set was placed on tiled concrete pavers, the chair legs consistently caught between the pavers, resulting in a few awkward, arms-flailing exits from the table.

Many people daydream of backyard barbecues, summer brunches, and other social gatherings with friends. If you often host larger groups, dining sets with bench seating offer more flexibility to comfortably fit six to eight people; we also think bench-style settings are inherently more fun and informally intimate, especially for kids.

Our editor-in-chief notes he can easily fit four kids on a bench, whereas regular chairs would be more limiting. The trade-off is the loss of back support of a traditional chair—an omission some guests might notice.

But remember, you can always mix and match—interspersing chairs at the ends or on one side of a long table and adding a bench to the other. Outdoor lounge or conversation sets are fashioned after living room couches and sectionals.

We recommend that you follow a few guidelines when choosing furniture, to make sure the style harmonizes with your outdoor space:. For outdoor seating areas, consider one or several standalone umbrellas with stands to provide shade.

For those who are on the shorter or taller end of the stature scale, we recommend trying patio dining tables and chairs in person before purchasing, to see whether the seat height is comfortable for you. Most people select outdoor furniture based primarily on aesthetics and the style of their home.

Some materials—like wood—require annual maintenance to keep them looking good, while others can weather the elements for years without any upkeep.

All of the designers we consulted cited teak as the gold standard of wood for outdoor furniture, noting a well-made teak piece could last for decades. Calvin Abe, principal architect at the design firm AHBE, also praised the tropical hardwood ipe. Among popular outdoor-furniture materials, wood generally requires the most maintenance.

You can clean a wood table with a mild soapy solution if needed. Usually, though, a small hand brush should suffice for removing outdoor debris and wayward crumbs from the surface.

And please do use a brush: One of our writers once vigorously wiped bird seeds off their wood picnic table, and they impaled a nearly 2-inch-long splinter into their palm, resulting in stitches and a tetanus shot.

With most hardwoods, you can also choose to forgo staining and simply allow your wood to weather to a silvery gray.

What rot is to wood, rust and corrosion are to metal. The metal dining sets and sofa frames you encounter may be made of steel bring along a magnet while shopping to check for steel-made parts , cast aluminum, or even stainless steel.

Most pieces are treated with rust-resistant coatings, and our research found that few people experience any rust problems within the first few years of buying a new set.

Look for sets equipped with stainless steel screws and hardware, for additional protection against corrosion. Regular cleaning requires only a mild soapy solution—say, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap to 1 gallon of water. You can also hose off this type of furniture after removing any cushions.

If rust spots form, you can usually sand or scour them off with sandpaper or steel wool. And repainting is always an option spray paint often works well; getting a color-matched touch-up paint at the time of purchase is an even better plan.

The high-end designers we spoke with identified cast aluminum as the most popular type of outdoor metal furniture today.

It has the advantage of being very lightweight, strong, and easy to clean. The popularity of this modern answer to traditional wicker furniture has exploded in recent years, with slick, basket-like textures found everywhere from rooftop bars to beachfront resorts to suburban backyards.

The material is lightweight, stain- and UV-resistant, and exhibits exceptional tensile strength which keeps the simulated strands tightly woven. Just wipe it down with a damp cloth, soapy or not—or pull out the hose for a tougher job.

This type of furniture is often used in sunrooms, as well as on patios and deck areas. Companies sometimes recommend that such outdoor furniture remain covered when not in use to protect the plastic resin from UV damage which will eventually lead to deterioration or breakage. Just because plastic does not rust, warp, or rot like other material options, that does not mean plastic does not require any maintenance.

But of all materials, plastic-resin surfaces are the easiest to clean; they usually require only a quick spray and a wipe with an all-purpose cleaner for surface spills or a hose-down for a more-complete makeover. Tougher surface stains or mildew can usually be removed safely using a cleaning paste made with water and baking soda or a melamine foam sponge like a Mr.

Clean Magic Eraser. Start lightly to avoid excessive surface abrasion. Just like resin wicker, any plastic resin is susceptible to becoming brittle and eventually breaking with excessive UV exposure. So to extend its life, keep your set in a shaded section of the yard, under an umbrella or shade sail.

It seats up to four and is compact enough to fit on a deck or large balcony and you may be able to squeeze in two more diners at the ends. But note that hairpin legs are best placed on level and hard surfaces, excluding this design from natural or gravel-covered yards.

This set was slated to become a pick. But stock has been inconsistent, and it continues to be regularly sold out. If you happen to find this set anywhere, this easy-to-clean powder-coated five-piece set is a solid choice. It easily accommodates up to eight adults and gets stellar reviews for being simple to build.

It used to be a pick and was one of the nicest-looking budget aluminum sets we found. But unfortunately both stock and pricing has remained inconsistent. But it has strong reviews for quality and comes with cushions light tan.

Vifah Malibu Eco-Friendly 5-Piece Wood Outdoor Dining Set. We originally saw this eucalyptus set on sale on Target.

It also has poor ratings in the few reviews we could find. Amazonia Arizona 5-Piece Eucalyptus Round Dining Set. This attractive eucalyptus set has a round table, rather than the square or rectangular kinds that seem more common in inexpensive hardwood tables of this size.

Bali Outdoor 3-Piece Wood Picnic Set by Christopher Knight Home. A contemporary take on the classic picnic bench, this slat-style three-piece set in acacia wood is modestly sized and priced.

However, several reviews mention that the wood seemed of low quality and easily warped and peeled, despite regular wood conditioning.

Modway Maine Outdoor 5-Piece Patio Dining Set. The apparent strength and durability of this aluminum and plastic dining set—offering support up to pounds per chair—are offset by reports of improperly attached or loosened slats, possibly attributable to poor-quality screws.

Mainstays Alexandra Square 5-Piece Patio Dining Set. This ultra-budget set from Walmart looks decent and comes with cushions. But at 38 inches across, the table is on the small side. And the reviews are mixed, with several new owners experiencing significant problems at assembly and doubting the set will hold up well over time.

Unfortunately, the set is sold out and unlikely to be restocked. Christopher Knight Home Cliff Outdoor 5-piece Wicker Dining Set. This set comes in much darker shades of brown and gray than the other resin-wicker sets we looked at.

And, unlike other sets, it has a table made completely of wicker rather than a glass tabletop incorporated into a wicker frame , which provides an uneven surface for drinks. Aaron and Claire Van Holland, furniture designers, House Van Holland M.

Calvin Abe, landscape architect, principal, MIG , phone interview, February 4, Andy Balderson, landscape designer , phone interview, February 5, Russ Cletta, landscape designer , phone interview, February 8, Maggie Lobl, landscape designer , phone interview, February 8, Naomi Sanders, landscape designer , email interview, February 5, Veronica Hoodless, sales associate, Fishbecks, Pasadena, California , interview, February 17, Jesse Mezger, manager, Patioworld, Pasadena, California , interview, February 17, Jesse Bawsel, manager, Armstrong Garden Centers, Pasadena, California , interview, February 17, Gregory Han is a design, travel, and lifestyle writer, and the co-author of Creative Spaces: People, Homes, and Studios to Inspire.

His work can be found at Design Milk, Dwell, Domino, Apartment Therapy, and Airbnb. Kalee Thompson is the senior editor heading up the team responsible for health, fitness, baby, and kid coverage at Wirecutter.

She has previously been a writer on the emergency prep and outdoor beats and is the author of two non-fiction books: Deadliest Sea and The Border Within.

Daniela Gorny is the supervising editor for the home section at Wirecutter, covering home decor, textiles, and furniture. You can usually find her exploring the hilly trails of Los Angeles or adventuring in the Mojave Desert.

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Photo: L. Picking furniture Consider the layout. Patio surface. Seating capacity. Pick a style. Back to top Why you should trust us A classic and durable faux-wood dining table: L.

Bean All-Weather Farmhouse Table A modern wood-and-metal dining table: Article Latta Dining Table A woven, metal-framed chair: Article Manna Dining Chair A classic steel dining set: Better Homes and Gardens Clayton Court 5-Piece Patio Dining Set Our favorite patio umbrella: Treasure Garden Market Aluminum Push Button Tilt Umbrella A sleek, aluminum-framed couch: Blu Dot Cache Sofa A modern and comfortable lounger: Blu Dot Dog Days Outdoor Sun Lounger Modern teak, upholstered sofa: Neighbor The Loveseat How we picked and tested How to pick patio furniture Materials Other good patio furniture The competition Sources.

Why you should trust us. A classic and durable faux-wood dining table: L. Bean All-Weather Farmhouse Table. Our pick. Bean All-Weather Farmhouse Table Large A maintenance-free dining table.

Made of durable, heavy-duty materials: The L. Bean All-Weather Farmhouse Table is made of high-density polyethylene HDPE , a type of plastic used in commercial outdoor furniture.

And so far, we believe those claims. The hardware it comes with is marine-grade stainless steel. Our tester in the suburbs just outside of New York City has had his set since early , and it looks basically brand-new.

Though he puts it away in the garage for a couple of months in the winter, he believes that it could easily withstand being left outside. You can even pressure-wash the table if it gets grimy. If you prefer to keep buildup and cleaning to a minimum, we recommend covering it or storing it in the winter if possible.

You can pair the dining table with a set of Armless Dining Chairs , Folding Chairs , or Farmhouse Benches. The table also comes in a larger, 8-person square version. Flaws but not dealbreakers:. However, we think this table will easily outlive cheaper metal and wood tables, which are likely to need replacing more often—which is also not great for the environment.

Colors: black, green, mahogany, slate gray, white Warranty: free returns or exchanges up to one year, case-by-case afterward Dimensions: 37¾ by 72¼ by 29 inches width by length by height.

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