Dining outdoors is one of the most enjoyable things to this summer. If you haven’t done it yet because of the absence of a dining table, then don’t let that stop you any longer. There are numerous dining tables and dining sets available in the market for everyone that will fit their budget. Here are some that costs under $300 – there are even tables that cost less than $200!


  • Crosley Furniture Griffith Dining Table

Costs $119 at Amazon. This table is ideal for everyone who is after the look of a bistro table but who is also after a seating for more than a couple of people. You can dress up this metal table with vibrant and colourful dining chairs.

  • Martin Dining Table

Costs $140 at World Market. This dining table is made up of smoked eucalyptus wood and can seat up to six people. It can also be mixed up with either its matching chairs or for more seating you can opt for benches.

  • Milano Eucalyptus Wood Octagonal Table

Costs $149 at Walmart. The table’s octagonal shape can be a bit surprising to some but it will add a one of a kind look to your outdoor space. And this can also serve as conversational piece or the focal point of your whole patio décor.

  • APPLARO Table

Costs $149 at Ikea. This dining table is made up of acacia wood and big enough to accommodate six people comfortably. It has a classic style that is an ideal fit for almost any back outdoor space.

  • Treshold Afton Metal Dining Table

Costs 4170 at Target. The best feature of this powder-coated steel table is that is not just rust resistant but it can also withstand all kinds of weather. So refinishing it like you would a wooden  is something you have won’t have to worry about.


  • Portable Picnic Tables

Costs $111 at Wayfair. This is perfect if you don’t have enough space in your patio to keep a table set up all the time. So don’t write this off completely from your options just because it’s made of plastic.

ASHKOLMEN Table and Chairs

Costs $119 at Ikea. This is one dining set that will still leave you with enough budget to dress it up a bit with some cushions or chair pads and you can even add an umbrella to provide you with shade.

  • APPLARO Table and Folding Chairs

Costs $219 at Ikea. This is great for saving some room on your outdoor area since both the folding chairs and the gateleg table can be folded up when you are not going to use them.

  • SunTime Outdoor Living Bambi Dining Set (5-piece)

Costs $270 at Wayfair. This dining set is very comfortable and is very ideal to have to those outdoor dinners that can last all night long. It is also perfect for simply lounging on weekend mornings while reading your favourite book or newspaper over breakfast.

  • Treshold Bryan Faux Wood Square Patio Set (5-piece)

Costs $287 at Target. The slats on these tables are not wood but actually polystyrene, but you can barely tell it at all.


Having a small space or a constricted corner for a patio is not an excuse not to make the most out of it. Adorning and furnishing your patio and garden, is after all a great way to give your home an extra living space. Just remember to choose patio furniture that are designed smartly so that it will be easy for you to move them around and to quickly store them when you want to turn your patio from a relaxing space to an entertainment area.


  1. Clear Your Space

The first step is to clear the area and take a good look at the things you have once everything has been moved out. There are areas in our garden and patio that we tend to overlook most of the time. You need to consider spaces such as snug corners, vertical space, and wide stairs as possible spaces for furnishings.

  1. Sketching Your Possible Layouts

Try creating a layout by placing a group of your affordable outdoor furniture in a corner beside a wall. Try to use the larger pieces of furniture you have like a chaise lounge or even a picnic bench style table that you can set in the middle of the space and used as a focal point.

  1. Select Easy to Store Furniture

Hammocks are a great choice. They’re easy to fold up and you can store them up when you’re not using them. When there’s a need to expand the seating, nesting tables and stacking chairs offer the best options.

  1. Look for Trim Furniture Designs

Choose a patio umbrella positioned into a base with a weight and tucked into a corner to cover a small folding table and chairs instead of a full dining set. Using a sail shade will not eat up any floor space and it also offers all the shade that outdoor umbrellas do. If you want a low profile look, opt for the classic Adirondack chairs with a matching table. And to keep the look trimmed down, go for a French bistro table which has a pedestal base and the chairs that accompanies it have thin legs.

  1. Make Sure to Choose Lightweight and Versatile Pieces

Wicker furniture is easier to mover around and put away in the storage than pieces of the same size that are made of hardwood, metal or glass. There are a few wicker, wood and resin fold-down table tops available that can withstand all kinds of weather. They can be easily pushed evenly along a wall.

  1. Find Pieces that Fits Underused Areas Perfectly

For casual seating try stacking cushions on wide stairs or put some tiny stools around a chimney. Make use of your patio’s vertical space by hanging plants on the wall and for a more rustic look, set up a line of stools with no backs along the wall.

  1.  Incorporate Lighting and Shade

A porch swing can provide its own canopy to protect you against the sun or a drizzle, while a table top with a small fire pit at the centre provides warmth during cold nights as well as light, atmosphere and extra table space.


To keep up with the developing style of outdoor living, patio furniture has dramatically changed during the course of time, thanks to technology and modernization. Long gone are the days where patio furniture used to mean a number of plastic folding chairs and grills. Nowadays, the outdoor area has become an extension of our homes and contains chic appliances and cozy, modern outdoor furniture.

The major trend in patio furniture these days are pieces that will not only look great in the patio but in the living room as well. The most wanted style of the newest outdoor living trend is modern design. Here are some of the best contemporary outdoor furniture pieces that are not just comfortable, lovely and versatile but are also sturdy and adequate for your outdoor space.


 These versatile sofas will give your outdoor space a modern touch. Whatever style you’re after, adding some vibrant throw pillows will give these sofas a more customized look.

  • Oscar Ostrich Chair – 3-Piece Seating Group

The set offers an instant modern outdoor lounge. Not only does it include the 3-piece sofa, but it also come with a coffee table and some throw pillows. You can remove and wash the outdoor fabric and the white aluminium frames are rust-proof.

  • Huron Sofa – West Helm

This sofa features a lightweight aluminium frame hand-woven by a cord made to withstand all weather conditions. It comes with three throw pillows as well as a seat cushion. Its contemporary style and materials that can resist rust is perfect for any patios.



Invest in contemporary furniture that is not only beautiful but are also flexible and offers functionality to your outdoor space and numerous pieces are available from outdoor furniture and home-ware stores.

The Heller Left Twist Cube by Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry who is popular for his twisty and eccentric buildings, created these cubes. They are available in all sorts of vibrant colours and are made in the U.S. from sturdy plastic. It can serve as a seat, a side table or a foot stool. You can also assemble a few underneath a glass for an artistic and lively coffee table.

Cooper Outdoor Bench – Room and Board

The Cooper Outdoor bench’s design may be minimal but it can be used in a number of ways such as a seating around a dining table, a side table on even as a coffee table. The bench comes in eight colours and three sizes and are made from solid aluminium and has a durable powder-coat finish.



One of the highlights of outdoor living is an amazing barbecue in the patio area. Adding one of these dining sets to your outdoor space, whether large or small, will surely update its look.

Mid-Century Outdoor Dining Set – West Elm

This Mid-Century se from West Elm will be a great upgrade on your outdoor dining area. It is made from teak, which is weather-resistant and the set comes with six matching chairs. An expandable table is also available if you need more seating. It includes a leaf that can expand from 72 inches to 95 inches and adds space for up to 10 people.

Adelaide Furniture – BoConcept

This bar-height chairs and tables are ideal for small areas or for just enjoying a stunning view. This modern furniture is two-tone and has eucalyptus wood legs, white seats and table top.