How to Pick the Best Al Fresco Dining Set for Your Garden

As soon as the nights get lighter, the prospect of al fresco dining arises, with the chance to enjoy an evening meal in the warm summer air.

If you haven’t already got a dining set for your garden, you will need to find one to suit your needs.

There are lots of factors to take into consideration to find the right al fresco dining set for your family; here are a few things you might want to take into account.



The number of people you expect to seat around the table will have a significant bearing on the dining set you buy.

You can buy bijou bistro sets that are designed for just two people to those which seat 10 people or more.


al fresco dining setMake sure your furniture is suitable for the amount of people you expect to be hosting.

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It’s important – and perhaps somewhat obvious! – to make sure you buy a table which has enough room for all your immediate family but you won’t want one that’s too big either. An over-sized table will take up unnecessary room in your garden and will be awkward to sit around if there’s not many of you.

Consider who is likely to eat with you in your garden and how many seats at the table you really need.

If the numbers around your table are likely to change you might want to consider an oval rattan dining set as it has a flexible seating arrangement. This dining set features 3 seater benches which mean you won’t be left with lots of empty chairs if there are less people eating.

If on the other hand you need more room but you have limited space available, a stackable rattan bistro or balcony set can allow your chairs to be stored out of the way when they’re not in use.



You can’t simply put a dining set designed for indoor use into your garden without sustaining some weathering and damage. Instead you need to find a material which is robust enough to be left outside but still offers an attractive design.

Rattan offers the perfect solution as it is tough enough to be left outside all year round without fading in the sun, or rotting in the rain. And with its intricate woven appearance, it’s an attractive design that will complement any type of garden.

If you prefer a wood table to complement rattan chairs, teak is a far superior choice for use outdoors. It is durable and stands up to the elements, acquiring an attractive shiny patina as it weathers.



Although you may intend to use the dining set in the garden you may want to use it in the conservatory or other areas during the winter months.

A table and chairs which are sturdy yet lightweight enough to be moved can be a major advantage.

Rattan is a great choice because the tight weave means it provides a solid base for any seating but the lightweight nature of the material allows it to be moved around easily.

The other benefit to rattan is that it looks just as good indoors as out, being a material used for both garden and household furniture.


al fresco dining set 2Versatile furniture makes for a good garden set.

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If you therefore decide that the unpredictable British weather makes a garden dining set un-useable, you can easily shift the rattan table and chairs into either your dining room or your conservatory and it will fit right in.



Rattan offers a great solution for an al fresco dining set. Durable enough to be left outside in all weathers, it also looks attractive and contemporary even when teamed with other materials such as teak and glass.

As an added benefit, rattan furniture also complements household design and is versatile enough to be used indoors if the need arises.


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