Choosing the Right Patio Dining Set

Decorating is never fun, especially if you genuinely have no idea what you’re doing. What color drapes go with your walls? What about a table? Are you sure you bought the right size table? While many tend to worry primarily about the interior of their home, many neglect the outside, preferring to toss any old stain on their deck and a random assortment of lawn furniture to tie everything together. If you do have an outside patio or deck, then you absolutely must have the right patio dining set. But how do you choose the right one?


A number of things need to be taken into consideration when selecting the right patio dining set. To start, you need to ensure you’re choosing the right size. Do you have a big family? Do you intend to entertain guests on a regular basis? Or do you just plan on sitting outside and enjoying a cold beer and a cigar on a warm Spring day? All of this, of course, is contingent on the size of your patio. If you don’t have a large enough space, then an outdoor dining table that seats six might be too large, and therefore you should go for a smaller one. You also have to keep in mind the space around the table, and whether or not there is enough of it to allow for people to come and go freely without having to slide their way out between a seat back and a wall.

Once you’ve selected the right size, it’s time to go with style. While your decision should reflect your personal tastes, you also have to keep in mind the overall style and decoration of your home. If your home is, for lack of a better word, “fancy,” then a cheap patio set from Wal-Mart or even a wicker patio set isn’t the way to go (especially if it’s exposed to the elements). Higher end stores that deal in luxury patio furniture would most likely be more suitable to your needs. Decorated wrought iron is a popular choice, especially for larger patios.

Finally, you have to determine what color you want. One trick to choosing the right color is to match the color of the dining set frame to the stain of your back deck. If it’s going on concrete, then it should complement the color of the house or the surrounding decoration. The same rules generally apply when choosing seats with colored cushions. In the end, however, most patios and back decks are neutral in color, which allows for a wider variety of choices.

Choosing the right patio dining set doesn’t need to be difficult, as in the end it all comes down to personal choice. While size and seating is a necessary aspect to consider, color and design should reflect your personality just as much as it does your home.

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM