Outdoor Buyer’s Guide: Table and Chair Sizes

San Diego boasts beautiful weather year-round, so making the most of your outdoor space is just one way you can get out to enjoy the fresh air. When decorating a patio or deck, careful consideration will help you create a space you’ll love to share with loved ones. Turn an underused patio into a second dining room or entertaining space.

3 Piece Wicker Patio Dining Set

3 Piece Wicker Patio Dining Set

Patio furniture can be just as stylish and durable as your indoor furniture. FineFurnitureSanDiego.com makes your shopping experience practically effortless by carrying a wide selection of top-quality outdoor and patio furniture, at incredible discounted prices. Use buyer’s our guide to find outdoor furniture that fits your needs and lifestyle.

Think of your outdoor space as an extension of your interior décor. Patio furniture does not have to exactly match your indoor sofa or dining table, but keeping to a similar color scheme or design creates flow from indoors to outdoors. Mismatched furniture can look eclectic, but it can also look unorganized.

Think of the sort of space you want to create, while keeping the space’s current state in mind. Do you need lots of seating? Do you have pets outdoors? Do you want a beachy vibe to your backyard or something sleeker? Once you’ve determined what kind of pieces you are looking for, you can start shopping.

Patio Chairs

Metropolitan Contemporary Patio Chair

Metropolitan Contemporary Patio Chair

There are so many styles of patio chairs available, but deciding what kind of chair you want is as easy as choosing chair heights. If these chairs are intended for dining at a standard height table, look for a seat height of 18”-20.” To be sure, measure the existing dining table and there should be a gap of about 7” between the table and the chair.

For bar seating, look for bar stools at 30” or up to 36” for extra tall bars. Patio chairs around 25” are comfortable seats for reading and relaxing, but are still structured. 15” stools and bench seating are great for positioning around a fire pit on chilly San Diego nights. More casual seating, such as ottomans or lounges , are available in a variety of heights.

Standard Chair Heights

  • Dining chairs 18”-20”
  • Bar stools 30”
  • Chairs 25”
  • Stools/ottomans 15”

Outdoor Tables

South Port White Wash Dining Patio Table

South Port White Wash Dining Patio Table

Eating outside is a special treat, especially in gorgeous San Diego. Whether you entertain frequently or simply want a space to enjoy your morning coffee outside, adding a dining table to your patio can make a huge difference. Before purchasing a patio table, you will first need to measure your patio.

Look for a table that will complement your patio’s size. If you have a small patio or balcony, a café-style table will look charming and suit your needs. Dining tables that seat four or more are ideal for large patios.  Fill a large space with a combination of a large table and a coffee table, or several small coffee tables to accompany an outdoor sofa.

Picnic tables are perfect for family homes and more narrow patios. To add a simple place to set drinks, an end table works beautifully nestled next to chairs or a sofa.

Whichever size table you choose, ideally there needs to be enough space, about 2’ of space between the table and other furniture, to allow for chairs and movement. If you have a pool in your backyard, there should be extra space between the table and the pool, for safety.

Standard Table Sizes

  • Café’ 24” Diameter
  • 4 Seats 4’x 3’
  • Picnic 6’ x 28”
  • 6+ Seats 6’ 6” x 3’
  • Coffee 36” x 18” – 48” x 24”

With these tips, you will be able to confidently shop for your outdoor space. Use greenery, fun colors, cushions, and other accessories to make it your own. To complete your outdoor living space, see our full catalog of beautiful patio furniture, including lush daybeds and more seating options.

Our amazing customer service team is available, seven days a week, to help you with your order. With a new table or chairs for your patio, look forward to days spent lounging in your backyard, or enjoying a barbecue with family and friends.

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