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A Great Picnic Table Set Can Make Summer Picnics More Memorable and Fun

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A comfortable, functional and relaxing picnic table set makes gatherings enjoyable and fun. When buying a picnic table set, consider the following tips:

Price. A picnic table set can come in any size and price range. When choosing a new set, don’t necessarily buy the most inexpensive picnic table set you can find. Investing a few extra dollars in a quality-built picnic table set will usually prove to be a wise investment over time.

Guests. How many people does your picnic table set need to accommodate? Will mostly adults be using your picnic table set, or does it need to suit the size requirements of small children? While intimate gatherings are nice, often an event may call for accommodating a larger group. Knowing who will be using the picnic table set will ensure a wise buying decision.

You may also want to consider purchasing additional matching chairs, side tables, or bar sets to use on those occasions when extra seating is needed. Stools and benches are often the perfect accent pieces for large gatherings, since they take up little space and can be easily moved to suit the needs of the user. Benches sometimes are built with a flip-open lid to allow for additional storage.

Weather and Climate. A picnic table set can be made from a wide variety of materials: teak, cedar, oak, wrought iron, cast aluminum, resin and more. It is wise to consider which material will best suit your locale, climate and weather conditions.

Aluminum is constructed to be highly weather resistant, lightweight, non-rusting, and extremely durable. Depending on the type of aluminum is can be an ideal choice for a patio table set. An aluminum patio table set will retain its beauty through sunny days, wet rainy weather, and active usage.

Teak is a premium, durable and long-lasting material that will usually hold up in any type of climate. It is a hardwood from Asia that resists infestation, rotting or warping.

Wrought iron is a low maintenance material that should last for years to come. Western Red Cedar, which is a durable and beautiful wood that withstands harsh weather conditions with only minimal maintenance, is also a popular choice.

An umbrella can be a wonderful addition to your picnic table set. It may be especially desirable to have an umbrella in settings where direct sunlight or blistering heat is a major concern.

Style. Do you like sleek, modern style or classic country? Do you imagine relaxing with a rustic set or do your tastes lean towards a more traditional design? Are you interested in sitting on soft, deep cushions or do you prefer a more firm seating surface? When selecting your picnic table set, keep in mind your unique tastes, and preferences. You’ll want your new picnic table set to blend in seamlessly with the architectural style of your residence without disappearing altogether.

A picnic table set can be a wonderful addition to your outdoor space, and is a great way to enjoy quality time with those you treasure.

Todd Arend is a freelance writing professional whose expertise covers a variety of areas, including patio and backyard furniture, landscaping and design. He regularly writes about Wooden Patio Chairs and Wooden Patio Lounge Chairs.

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