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Folding Picnic Table Buying Guide by Scott Beshenich

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Folding Picnic Table Buying Guide

Home Improvement
If you plan to enjoy a meal alfresco with your loved ones, one of the items that can enhance the whole experience is a folding picnic table. However, given the large variety of such tables that are currently available on the market, as well as the many different options in terms of features, you may have a difficult time choosing the right table for you. In view of this, here are some of the factors that you can use to narrow down your options.


On the weight front, you need to consider a few factors. On the one hand, a folding picnic table should not be too heavy since you will likely have to carry it from one place to another regularly. On the other hand, it should not be too light such that it cannot withstand a relatively strong gust of wind. With that in mind, a table that weights between 10 and 15 pounds would be a good choice.


Height is an important factor that you cannot afford to ignore. According to the Wood Workers Journal, the average picnic table should be about 29 inches tall. If you have young children, you can buy smaller picnic tables for them, preferably one measuring about 22 inches high. The good news is most manufacturers provide picnic table dimensions such as height and width, which makes it easier for customers. Therefore, ensure you check and compare dimension details before buying a folding picnic table.

Frame Material

To ensure picnic tables are easy to carry around, manufacturers use materials such as cast aluminum and heavy-duty plastic. It is up to you to decide what type of frame material you prefer. If you prefer a wooden picnic table, go for it.

Ease of Assembly

A folding picnic table should be easy to set up. You do not have to read an inch thick manual to learn how to fold and unfold one. The rule of thumb is to go for a table that your children can easily fold and unfold with minimal help or instruction. It is important to note that different manufacturers use varying techniques and methods to fold and unfold picnic tables.


Just like any other piece of furniture, consider the manufacturer's warranty before buying a table for use at picnic sites. Most manufacturers provide limited warranties depending on the type of folding picnic table you buy. Once again, it is advisable to compare warranties from different manufacturers before committing yourself. Make sure you go through the warranty carefully and understand the terms and conditions. You do not want to be stuck with a warranty that has unfavorable terms.

Seating Capacity

The good news is picnic tables come in a wide range of sizes, so you would be able to find one with a seating capacity that suits your needs. For example, if you have a small family, you might want to go for a table with a seating capacity of about four people. On the other hand, if you are planning to invite your extended family members or your friends for a picnic, you should go for a folding picnic table that can accommodate a large number of people. Alternatively, you can buy more than one table to ensure that every one gets to sit comfortably.

Seat Material

A large number of modern picnic tables come with seats attached, thereby eliminating the need to carry seats when going for a picnic. However, you should still consider the seat material. In most cases, the seat material is likely to be same as that used to make the folding picnic table. Of course, if you are not satisfied with the comfort level of the attached seats, you can buy cushions to improve the comfort levels.


Once again, picnic tables are available in a wide range of colors. It is up to you to choose your favorite color and finish. Popular color options include various shades of green, blue, red and black.

Table Shape

Although most picnic tables come in rectangular or square shapes, these are not the only shapes available on the market. For instance, you can buy a circular, octagonal, or hexagonal folding picnic table. However, it is important to note that the shape of a picnic table does have a bearing on the number of people who can sit around it. For example, more people can sit around a circular table than a square table of the same size. Make your choice with this aspect at the back of your mind.

Rust Resistant

Most people only go out for picnics during the summer or the spring. This means that picnic tables spend most of their time in storage and can easily pick up rust. If you choose a folding picnic table with a steel frame, ensure that the manufacturer has covered it with veneer to prevent rust buildup. For tables with wooden tops, anti-rot and anti-termite finishing is necessary to ensure insects do not rip it apart while in storage. The good news is most manufacturers use nontoxic chemicals so you do not have to worry about children licking the tabletop.


A folding picnic table alone is not enough to host a picnic party outdoors. To start with, folding chairs are necessary. Secondly, choose a table with a hole in the middle for a sun umbrella. It is not a good idea to set a picnic table outdoors in direct sunlight without protection overhead. Remember exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays increases the risk of developing skin cancer. These might seem like insignificant features but they can make the difference between a memorable and nightmarish picnic.

If you love the great outdoors, the best way to enjoy and indulge your eyes is by setting a picnic table. You can bring along family and friends or enjoy it all alone. In order to choose the right table, consider factors such as frame material, weight, warranty, seating capacity, seat material, accessories, table shape, color/finish, ease off assembly, and height. Avoid the temptation to choose a table based on cost alone. You might end up with a table that is not durable or weatherproof.
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