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Posted on February 22, 2012 by Mr.Green 20 comments Leave a comment

Patio Table Or Picnic Table Set? With outdoor furniture you have a wide breadth of variety from which to choose. Among the many styles, materials and types of furniture available you can easily craft your ideal patio setup. But when it comes to dining sets, what exactly are the differences and similarities between a patio table set and a picnic table set and which is best for your home? Location Where you plan on putting your table might play a big part in whether to buy a patio table or picnic table set. Traditionally speaking, patio tables are designed to stay on solid surfaces, like wood, stone and concrete patios and decks. A picnic table, on the other hand is classically seen in parks and other grassy areas. However, they can more easily be transplanted to a patio than a patio table put in the backyard. Material This is one area where a picnic table set is similar to a patio table set. Because they are both exposed to the elements, including sun and moisture exposure, outdoor tables need to be weatherproof to some degree. Many patio tables and picnic tables are crafted out of durable woods, including cypress, cedar, teak and shorea. At the same time, both patio and picnic tables are often also constructed from resin, iron and aluminum. There are even some heavy duty patio tables and many a public picnic table set forged out of concrete and stone. Base The bottom of these tables is another way in which they differ and this plays a large part in why patio tables don't do well on the grass. Patio tables have bases that resemble those of any indoor table; the usual shapes are some variation on four straight legs at each corner. There can also be an extra thick central column attached to a weighted base, as is often the case with round tables. The base of a picnic table set is almost always a sturdy A-frame on either end supported down the length by one or a few extra beams. This base for one allows picnic tables to occupy uneven or bumpy ground, but at the same time having a reinforced base is necessary to accommodate the longer table shape. Seating The type of seats that go with either type of table might also be an influencing factor on your decision of which to buy. Patio table chairs are oftentimes modeled after regular wooden chairs with armrests and backrests. There are of course variations on this model, as well as other types of seats like barstools and bucket seats, but in general patio tables chairs are the more comfortable and supportive type of seating. Picnic table set seating usually consists of two benches that run the length of the table along either side. These benches can either be directly attached to the table or freestanding. The problem with attached benches is that they can be more difficult to get in and out of. Also, with communal style bench seating you don't have to luxury of your own seat or a back or armrests. About the Author: 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 Picnic Table Set and Picnic Table Cover Set. Source:

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20 Responses to “Patio Table”
HeQbus March 1, 2012 at 8:33 am What to use to creat a mosiac outdoor patio table? Please suggest plaster/cement compound to create an outdoor mosiac table. Have a rot iron patio table would like to make into mosiac. Thanks.
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goldwing March 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm

IF for outside, purchase: Thin set mortar, enough tile board (cement, 1/2″ thick) to cover twice…hopefully without seams. (comes 3′X5′ pieces). Cut and shape one layer of tile board to table top, wire in place with heavy wire to wrought iron table. (You can use construction cement on the table where applicable before wiring to table…make sure you have hosed down the board to get rid of dust, then dry completely). Mix up some thin set and apply a 2nd layer of tile board. You are now ready to apply mosaic tile…cut, fit, set in thin set. The edges will be the hardest, if you do not use preformed counter edging. Once fully set (about 2-3 days,) grout, wipe, and you are finished. Do not try to lay anything over plywood of any kind for outdoors…it will not stand up over time. Remember, the “backer board” is not that durable to lifting by its edges, so take care. Use a glass cutter to score and break the ceramic tile to fit. Good luck. Goldwing

Sirena1124 March 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm Do I need to use a patio table cover during the summer? Are patio chair cushions really mildew-resistant? Or should I buy patio table cover and chair covers for my new patio set to use when I’m not using it?

confused mom March 3, 2012 at 6:59 am covers r a good idea, worth the money. they’ll extend the life of ur furniture


workingmom March 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm Does anyone know what to do about replacing the glass in a patio table?.?


I have a beautiful patio table that’s pretty large. The glass shattered in millions of pieces. The glass size is 62 x 36. I am sure it would be cheaper replacing it but I have know idea where it was purchased. Any ideas?

Anonymous March 5, 2012 at 12:04 am Contact a glazier for an estimate. Ask for safety glass. If estimate is too high, look for acrylic equivalent.

Patricia J March 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm How to anchor a glass patio table to my lawn? Have a heavy iron patio set with an umbrella stand that weighs 30 pounds. Problem: when it is a little breezy the umbrella tips the table over. The umbrella is secured


properly and the table is on a flat even surface. Any ideas before my glass table is ruined?

Landscape Guy March 5, 2012 at 1:31 am How is the umbrella secured? The base should be heavy enough to prevent that. In any case, you could try some heavy duty tent stakes at each table leg to see if that helps. Or, depending on how the base is made, you could either add addition weight to it. I’m assuming since the patio is on grass you move it often? If not, you could pour a concrete footing under the base, and attach it that way.

Anonymous March 5, 2012 at 4:02 am How do I increase the height of a patio table? I have a small bistro style patio table that I want to top with glass to make a dining table. The table’s current height is 2ft 2 in. I need at least an additional 3 to 4 inches to make it tall enough to fit the chairs I have and still fit comfortable under the glass.


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Jim March 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm Is there a patio table made with an extension? For a deck, I am looking for a patio table that is small but is able to put in one or two extensions in for company. I have not seen one.

Reply March 11, 2012 at 11:22 am There is one called a butterfly table that is wooden. The leaf is folded in under the table. I am sure there are others, not cheap, but available. I saw one at Lowes last weekend, but couldn’t find it on their site.


Stephanie K March 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm Does anyone know an effective way to remove spray paint from a glass patio table? It is a partially textured glass patio table that some Einstein decided to spray paint. I got it for free and I am trying to remove all the paint to just have a clear glass table top again. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!


woxop March 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm Go to the local auto parts store. Buy a quart of Acetone from the spray paint section. They sell it in gallons but you’ll only need a quart.


Assure there are no sources of ignition nearby (this is best done outdoors in no wind as acetone evaporates quickly) apply some of the acetone to a rag (make it drippy wet) and rub the spray paint off with it. Spray paint will wipe right off with acetone. Additionally, you are able to use a tooth brush or other non-metal brush to loosen paint from creases in the glass. Wipe off and clean up with household cleaner or window cleaner and you’re in business. Try not to hang out too long breathing acetone… extended exposure is not good for you.

Autumn March 10, 2012 at 1:20 am What is the difference between a Glass Patio table and a Glass Dinner table? I have a round dinner table in my dining room… but its only for 4 people. I also have a Patio table, that is rectangular and its for 6 people… I want to know if there is a difference, cosmetically between the two?? thanks

c_kayak_fun March 11, 2012 at 8:35 am Just that outdoor furniture tends to be more durable. Aesthetically — how can we judge, since we have no idea what the tables you are considering look like? Outdoor


furniture is so attractive these days I know plenty of people who use it indoors, especially the teak and the iron and glass styles. In fact, my own coffee table is actually a teak Mission style table made for outdoor use. Looks fine in the living room, even though I am using it with a $4,000 genuine Stickley Mission oak sofa.

kitrigger March 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

Can your glass patio table break if you leave the umbrella in the open position and there is a lot of wind? We came home today to find our patio table shattered in pieces and the umbrella off to the side. We always leave the umbrella in the up position. Could the wind have forced the umbrella out so hard it broke the table? We were suspicious that someone may have deliberately broke it on us.

Bill March 11, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Yes it can. If it’s very windy the umbrella can list straight up and out of the table. It could also cause pressure on the glass to make it shatter as this is safety glass. Best thing to do is keep it down until you need it. And better still, on a real windy day remove it and store it out of the wind.

mimi March 11, 2012 at 8:35 am patio table?

where can i get a patio table from this time of year, all i want is the large cheap plastic one that comes in green or white,ivsearched the websites of shops that usually have them and cant find 1!!any1 no, need it 4

Anonymous March 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm Homebase or focus and you will get them on the sale at this time of the year

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