Sunday, April 14, 2013

Is a Round or Square Shaped Table Right For Your Outdoor Living Area?

Summer is so close, I can picture it in my mind sitting down to a classic summer BBQ with family and friends, enjoying the beautiful summer weather on Long Island. Memorial Day is just around the corner! Now is the time to start preparing for those beautiful summer memories to take place by getting your outdoor living space ready. 

Round or rectangle? That should be the first question you ask yourself before shopping for an outdoor dining table. You need a table which will accommodate your needs and fit your outdoor living area. Here are a few things you should consider.

Function & Design
What you will be using your outdoor dining table for is key when choosing between a rectangle and a round shape. If the outdoor table is used for dining with large groups, a round table will easily accommodate everyone. You can fit extra chairs around a round table when necessary. 
      A rectangle shaped table is less forgiving. Squeezing in extra chairs doesn't work well because of the corners.  If you have a set number of people that will be enjoying your outdoor table, or like for a table to double as a serving station, a rectangle may be right. Also, if you have children a rectangle shaped table can accommodate a tennis style bench, which is ideal for a family with children. A bench offers easy in and out seating and can fit more people along a side of a table then chairs can.

Whether you choose a rectangular or circular shaped table, it must be in balance with the size of your patio or deck. The table should be large enough to accommodate the average number of guests you typically entertain and be proportionally appropriate to your patio or deck. A round table will create a more intimate feel because everyone is equal distance apart so no one will be left out of the conversation. A rectangular table allows for eye to eye contact among guests and is ideal for long narrow patios.

After considering function, design and size; your personal preference is generally the deciding factor. There are many amazing styles to choose from in rectangle or round shaped outdoor tables, with endless amounts of materials and colors to choose from. The table shape should also fit and flow well with the rest of your outdoor furniture and surroundings. Barlow Tyrie has some great Teak options, including traditional all Teak styles and more contemporary Teak and stainless steel styles. Whichever shape and style you go with remember, it’s all about the memories you make at that table all summer long!
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