An outdoor table can make a deck or patio more usable and more attractive. Whether it’s a stylish coffee table or a beautifully crafted dining table, having somewhere to put drinks, snacks and candles can transform the usability of your outside space and help you to create the patio you’ve always wanted.
Outdoor tables have to put up with a lot. Rain, sun and wind can all cause a lot of wear and tear on furniture that lives outdoors, so it’s essential to choose dining table and coffee table tops that can withstand the elements.
Metal is one of the best materials for outdoor dining and coffee tables as it won’t crack, warp or break in bad weather. Treated wood is another good choice for outdoor sets of furniture. Though you’ll need to cover your wooden tables during the winter months, timber that’s been properly treated to withstand rain and sun can last for years as long as it’s well cared for.
Make sure you don’t leave water sitting on your table top for long periods of time. Even metal can start to degrade if it’s wet for days on end, so dry your table after a downpour or keep it covered in bad weather.
Patio furniture made from metal, plastic and treated wood should all be weather resistant and suitable for outdoor use. If you’re looking for a side table top or a new surface for your garden dining table, choose a material that will be happy outside in the rain and sun.
Covering your patio furniture when it’s not in use could significantly extend its lifespan. Make sure your furniture is clean and dry before you cover it to ensure it doesn’t get damp when it’s packed away for the winter.
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Metal is arguably the most durable material for outdoor furniture. However, furniture made from treated wood and plastic can also last for years if it’s well-cared for and kept covered when it’s not in use.
When buying furniture for outdoor use, it’s important to check that it’s made from treated wood. Tables made from treated wood will last a lot longer than tables made for indoor use. While they may need a coat of varnish once and a while, they should last for years if well-cared for.
As wicker is naturally water resistant, it’s a popular choice for outdoor furniture. Rattan is less resistant to moisture than wicker, so if you’re choosing between the two materials, wicker is the one to go for.