When it comes to turning your backyard into a dining room, your options are almost limitless. But it’s worth thinking about a few things before you buy—the number of people you want to entertain, the space you have available and whether the furniture can stay out all year round or will need to be stored.
Four collapsible sling-style chairs with matching umbrella and glass-topped table; also available in blue, gray and tan. Mainstays Albany Lane
If you don’t live somewhere where the sun shines all year round, you’re going to need to look for a table set that can be stored away. For anyone with a huge garage or basement, that’s not necessarily an issue, but if you’re tight for storage space, look for a set with chairs (and even a table) that will fold flat and can be hung up on wall-mounted hooks.
A cleverly designed counter with high chairs that nest neatly underneath. Best Choice Products
Those who are tight for space should think laterally. Rather than looking for a table with chairs, think about something with a smaller footprint, such as a dining bar with stools that can be stored underneath when not in use. The best designs have removable cushions and are made from durable materials that can sit outside all year round—although you may want to invest in a cover for extra protection against the elements.
Wicker-style seating combination in muted, natural shades for versatile al fresco entertaining. All pieces can be stacked neatly for storage. Devoko
Fans of entertaining guests should keep an eye out for table and chair sets that will seat six comfortably.