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How to Buy an Outdoor Dining Set

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Why would I want an outdoor dining set?

An outdoor dining set opens up the backyard for many fun days during the good weather seasons eating outdoors. A dining set is great for parties, dinner parties and just eating outdoors and enjoying nature in general.

What size of dining set should I purchase?

The first thing to consider is what size you need based off the space available in your outdoor area. If you already have a specific location in mind, measure the general area adding space for chairs and an extra foot and a half for backing chairs out when a person stands up. This will give you a good idea of how large of a dining set to purchase. Also consider how many people you like to have over at one time. If you regularly host large parties, a larger set with more chairs might be more appropriate, but it you prefer to host intimate dinner dates, a small table will work well.

How many people can sit at an outdoor dining set?

Outdoor dining sets are available to sit up to 2, 4, 6, 8 and more than 10 people.

What is the difference between a bistro set and an outdoor dining set ?

Bistro sets are traditionally a bit smaller than an outdoor dining set and usually seat just 2-4 people. Also, bistro sets have much smaller surface area on the table which is generally only suitable for drinks and small appetizers.

What if I can’t find a complete set I like?

If you can’t find a complete that suits your needs you have the option to buy an individual patio table and separate outdoor patio chairs. This will give the freedom to choose a table and chairs that will fit your needs. Available chair options include: stationary, swivel, glider, recliner, rocker, adjustable and more. Table options include: with a hole for an umbrella, without a hole for an umbrella, different shapes, sizes, construction and more.

It’s very rainy (snowy, windy etc.) where I live, can an outdoor patio set handle that?

In general, patio sets are made to handle certain amount weather but not to stand up to blizzards by any means. In general, it is a good idea to protect your patio set from extreme weather by covering it or putting it in a garage or shed, but during the nicer seasons there shouldn’t be a problem.

Will the patio set come assembled?

Most likely some sets, chairs and tables will require assembly upon receiving them and it is a good idea to be present when the set is delivered so that you can check the package for damage before accepting it.

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