There really is something special about dining outdoors. There’s nothing quite like enjoying good food and drink, with good company, on a warm and balmy summer evening. Sadly, we don’t get nearly enough time to do this in the UK, but that’s why we need to take advantage of the opportunity when we get it.
It may sound obvious, but in order to eat outside, you need an outdoor dining set. Outdoor dining sets vary in style, material and longevity, and what suits your garden may not suit mine. What we can all agree on though, is that it needs to be stylish enough to complement your garden, strong enough not to get blown away on a windy day, and resistant enough to last more than a couple of years.
So, what are your options?
Classic Round Dining Set
The round outdoor dining set is one of the most classic and traditional styles. Available in wrought-iron, aluminium or steel, this type of set breathes Victorian charm and will add a touch of sophistication to your garden. Wrought-iron is the traditional Victorian material and has the benefit of being particularly heavy. So, if you have an exposed garden you won’t need to worry about it blowing away and ending up on your neighbour’s patio. Of course, you may opt to go for a lighter material, particularly if you need to move it on a regular basis. In this case aluminium or steel is more manageable. If low maintenance is essential, then aluminium is a good bet as it is rust and mould resistant.
Wooden Dining Set
If you like to keep your garden furniture natural, then a wooden dining set could be the right choice for you. Styled on the traditional wooden picnic table and benches, these sets provide an organic, natural touch, which can really enhance your garden. As always with wooden outdoor furniture, it has benefits and drawbacks, depending on which way you look at them. Wood is great because it can be customised to your style and taste with a lick of paint, varnish or stain. This also means that it can be refreshed over the years, keeping it looking good as new. Of course, the drawback is that some maintenance is required to keep your wooden furniture looking good. So, before you make that purchase, consider how much time you want to spend on your furniture’s upkeep.
Modular Dining Sets
Modular dining sets are a relatively new type of dining option and something that we really love at Hilltop Garden Centre. They provide a stylish, natural look, whilst also conveying that modern touch, that traditional wood and metal sets struggle to achieve. Constructed using rattan weave and with comfortable and stylish cushions, they ooze comfort and charm, so you can while away the hours in the summer sun. But not only are they incredibly comfortable and stylish, they are also extremely practical. As the name suggests, being modular sets, you can add and move the parts, so they can fit into almost any space. Having an intimate dinner for 2, no problem! Just remove the parts and hey presto “table for 2”! You’ll also be pleased to hear that they require almost no upkeep at all. The rattan weave is extremely durable and only needs a wipe down with a sponge every so often.
No matter what style and size garden you have, there’s a dining set option for you which will complement your outdoor space. Whether you love the natural, organic style of a wooden dining set, the class and sophistication of a wrought-iron round dining set, or the contemporary and practical style of a modular dining set, your perfect dining set is out there just waiting to meet you!