If the patio is considered the 'outdoor lounge-diner', then patio dining sets are an essential fixture to fulfill a comfortable and sociable entertaining experience for your guests.
Both functional and versatile, patio outdoor dining sets can accommodate anything from light bites to more substantial meals such as lavish BBQs and banquets.
Because, let's face it, dragging your indoor dining set outside just isn't feasible for some. They're likely to be heavier and much more formal in style. Not to mention that some interior materials (including upholstered chairs) are unsuitable for the outdoors because they're susceptible to water and rust damage.
Therefore, if you do want to enjoy an alfresco eating experience, you've got to bite the bullet and invest in the best garden furniture that you can afford for the space that you have.
Evidently, patio sizes range from home to home, as do backyard styles. So we've put together a variety of sets to try and appease all tastes. From high bar stool types to fixtures with umbrellas, and even fire pits, whet your appetite with this tasteful selection.
Patio dining sets to feast your eyes on
Why you can trust Real Homes
'When you hear “patio furniture,” what do you think of?' asks Katie Fritz, content manager, Article.
'The hardware stores of the world would have us conjure an image of an iron-legged, glass top table with four to six wobbly chairs. This isn’t our vision. Today, a patio isn’t just a patio. It’s a ceiling-less living room, an open-air concept restaurant, the sidewalk bar of your dreams. For the perfect, personalized patio, look no further than your own personal style.'
1. Daventry round 2-person 24'' long bistro set
Chair: H32 x W18 x D17 in; Table: H28 x D24 x L24 in | Colors available: 1
Teens seldom want to take a moment to sit and eat outdoors. Quite often we see scenes of young adults opting for a quick bite balanced on their lap in lieu of fresh air. But, with this multicolored patio set, we're sure they'll think twice seeing this technicolor steel table and rainbow slatted chairs. Add a jug of fresh juice, cut fruit, and some sandwiches, and you're all set. This trio of furniture also folds up, making it perfect for staycations and camping.
2. Jackie round 2-person 24'' long aluminum bistro set (set of 3)
Chairs: H32.5 x W19.5 x D16 in; Table: H27 x D24 x L24 in | Colors available: 1
Even before the debut of Bridgerton, the Regencycore trend was a quick way to bring elegance and romance to our indoor and outdoor spaces. So we're sure this rose-detailed cast aluminum and cast iron patio set gets the Duke's approval. It's helpfully designed with an umbrella hole for your best patio umbrella to take shade when the weather gets too hot while enjoying a spot of high tea.
3. Union rustic Abdullateef square 2-person 23.6'' long dining set
Chairs: H30.7 x W19 x D17 in; Table: H27.5 x D23.6' x L23.6 in| Colors available: 1
If you're ever in doubt of which patio set to purchase, this classic monochrome furniture set is a fail-safe option. Complete with a black coffee table, enjoy a coffee with a friend or an impromptu snack outside in style. If you don't have access to a patio, it'll look great on communal courtyards or on your apartment balcony. The modern mixed weave makes a change from your run-of-the-mill rattan seats.
4. 17 Stories Moraal round 2-person bistro set
Chair: D22 in ; Table: H27.25 x L23.5 x D23.5 | Colors available: 1
Sit outside and pretend you're having a cafe creme outside a Parisian bistro with this metallic patio set. Sturdy and sleek, you know exactly what you're getting with this stainless steel modern coffee table and chairs. Rest assured that they've got the balance of a solid table with lightweight stackable chairs right here.
5. Kulpmont round 2-person 15.7'' long bistro set
Dimensions: H20.4 x W15.7 x L15.7 in| Colors available: 3
You'll be surprised just how comfortable these Acapulco-style chairs are. Inspired by Midcentury modern Mexican design (try saying that after a few Margaritas), sit back with your amigo and relax with a beverage in hand. And, when you're done, pop your glasses on the accompanying small round coffee table. Shown in black here, but the orange and yellow colorways are uber kid-friendly choices. Perfect for a small patio patch or small deck where a full-sized table won't fit.
6. Latitude Run rectangular 2-person 27.5'' long bistro set
Chairs: H33.5 x W16.5 x D16 in; Table: H29.5 x W14 x L27 in| Colors available: 1
Nothing extinguishes the romance quite like cramming plates on a small patio table and strategically dining. All it takes is a jostled elbow or blustery winds for your date night plans to become a disaster. So level up with this 3-tier table and wicker chairs to give you ample space to socialize. Made of durable acacia wood, all-weather PE rattan, and an anti-rust steel frame, it's the perfect place to perch with a newspaper, book, antipasti, and a glass of wine, without scrimping on space.
7. Zipcode Design™ Tollette round 4 -person 31.25'' long dining set with umbrella
Chairs: H35.25 x W21.25 x D25 in; Table: H28 x W31.25 x 31.25 |Colors available: 4
Switch off your social and digital devices and spend time with your family with this 6-piece from Zipcode Design™, available at Wayfair. This all-encompassing set includes 4 chairs, a tempered glass table, and a parasol for eating your favorite foods shielded from the sun. Available in smart navy, bold red, chic brown, or classic black. With almost 1500 4* reviews, you can buy with confidence knowing that several customers just like you have been satisfied.
8. Indra Rectangular 4 - Person 18'' Long Picnic Table (Set of 3)
Table: H29.5 x W70 x D18 in | Colors available: 1
Squeeze up and shuffle as many butts as you can onto this picnic table and bench combo from Ebern Designs. This folding fir table patio set is the perfect place to share platters of food and works particularly well as a cool kid's table away from the adults. This water-resistant table is easy to clean so you won't have to worry about sticky fingerprints or ketchup staining the surface. Kid-free? It's also a great spot to enjoy a beer and chips with your best pals.
9. Crestridge 7-Piece Steel Padded Sling Outdoor Patio Dining Set in Conley Denim
Table: H27.9 x W39.7 x L63.8 in; Chairs: H23.75 x W19.6 x D29.75 | Colors available: 2
Incorporate your fashion personality into your exterior furniture choices with this 7-piece steel outdoor patio dining set. Padded with a denim-like material, these spring-loaded chairs can be easily maneuvered without the need to drag four legs out. Also available in Putty Taupe.
10. Rasberry 6-person patio dining set
Table: H41 x W24 x L71 in; Chairs: H40 x W16 x D19 in | Colors available: 1
Elevate your outdoor space with this 6-person patio dining set from Rasberry, available from All Modern. With white powder-coated aluminum frames, slatted waterfall table edges, and tall, low-backed bar stools, your outdoor space might be mistaken for a cosmopolitan and trendy wine bar. Especially when coupled with one of the best drinks trolleys.
11. Grand patio outdoor furniture conversation fire table set with grey cushion rocking chairs
Fire Table: H24.2 x W31.8 x L31.8 in; Chairs: H33.7x W27.5 x D30,5 in | Colors available: 3
This 5-piece patio dining set is super hot... For all the right reasons. We've scoured the internet high and low, and found this multi-functional patio outdoor dining set that encompasses four outdoor rocking chairs with grey outdoor cushions, and a 32-inch propane gas fire pit table for those balmy Love Island-like evenings. It's also available in two other colorways with grey steel or black firepits.
What kind of furniture is good for the patio?
'Just because your patio table doubles as an Uno showdown center doesn’t mean it has to look aggressive. Like its cousin the kitchen table, the patio table is your yard’s focal point and primary gathering place,' says Fritz.
'Achieving an indoor dining room look outside is mostly a matter of materials. Create a homey feeling with hearty woods. Colorful sturdy plastics say “I’m fun.” Black powder-coated iron asserts itself as being chic, but approachable. Mix and match materials to achieve the perfect balance. '
'Daisy yellow! Poppy red! Royal blue! When warm weather arrives, our penchant for dark shades goes out the window. We say go for it — but respect your foundational preferences.'
What material is used for outdoor furniture?
'Could the key to lifelong happiness be a bowl of olives on a whitewashed patio overlooking the Mediterranean? Most likely. Make your outdoor space feel like an entryway to elsewhere … anywhere … by adding a cultural influence to your design. Try choosing a place you love and thinking about how it feels to be there,' says Fritz.
'Look for pieces that are made from materials that evoke a sense of place. Paris might bring to mind woven cafe chairs and wooden tables; Mexico might lean more bleached wood.'
How to arrange a patio dining set?
'Bring together elements of both the kitchen and the dining room to assemble your alfresco food prep, grilling, and dining area,' says Jessica Ang, marketing manager, Crate and Barrel.
'If you have the room, try to keep some space between the grill itself and a dining table with mesh chairs. This gives the grill master room to work and keeps guests away from the heat of the charcoal.'
'When choosing the best outdoor furniture set for your space, consider the size of your patio and the look you want to achieve. Create a traditional outdoor gathering space with long, classic rectangle outdoor dining tables in durable patio furniture materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, or unfinished FSC-certified teak. Arrange around the tables enough outdoor dining chairs to seat all your usual guests and finish with acrylic drinkware and melamine serveware.
'If your patio or deck is on the smaller side, try using round bistro tables positioned throughout the seating area.'