Our rectangular dining table is a tight squeeze on our patio. A round table would be a much better fit, size and shape-wise, so I’m always keeping an eye on what’s out there. I’m not interested in wicker, glass-topped, mosaic, or metal mesh tables, so right away that rules out a lot. I like painted metal bistro tables, but we need something larger, so we’re left with wood, concrete, or stone.
We’ve had two wooden outdoor tables, one acacia and the other pine. The acacia table lasted four years before totally falling apart, though to be fair, we didn’t keep up with the regular sanding and oiling maintenance (twice a year) that was suggested. We replaced it with the pine table we still have today. Many of the planks in the table top warped immediately before its first summer was even over, but there hasn’t been any further damage. I know that teak is supposed to be far more durable, but we weren’t in a position to afford it four or eight years ago. Looking at a lot of wooden tables though, I’ve realized that I like the material best for rectangular tables because of the planking. I like right angles.
So! I think concrete or stone could be a good choice for when we eventually replace our table with something round. I worry it would get hot in the sun (right?), but our patio is in shade pretty much all day. These are appealing to me because they (for the most part) have heft and a sense of timelessness, but they can be made to look more traditional or modern by pairing them with different chairs. Below are some of my favorites. Since we’re in the middle of summer and retail is always looking ahead, some of these are already on sale and the rest may soon be too.
Geneva Concrete Round Dining Table, Pottery Barn
Treviso Outdoor Round Dining Table
47″ and 55″ diameters available,
Suzanne Kasler Orleans Round Pedestal Dining Table, Ballard Designs
48″ diameter, $1199
Belgian Trestle Weathered Concrete & Teak Round Dining Table, Restoration Hardware
38″, 48″, 60″, and 72″ diameters available, $2355-$6405 ($1766-$4803 member pricing)
La Coupole Indoor/Outdoor Dining Table, Round Pietra Cardoza Top, Williams-Sonoma
(also pictured above) 42″ diameter,
Klismos Round Dining Table, Restoration Hardware
48″, 60″, and 72″ diameters available,
$1495-$2495$1345-$2245 ($1076-$1796 member pricing)
English Trestle Weathered Concrete & Teak Round Dining Table, Restoration Hardware
48″, 60″, and 72″ diameters available, $3580-$6720 ($2685-$5040 member pricing)
Round Outdoor Dining Table, Horchow
42″ and 60″ diameters available, $950-$1150