It's now June, your final moment to build your ultimate summer dining room OR to finally get around to buying the table and chairs you've been planning on for years. It's ALSO a great time as much is on sale right now.
This list is sorted from most affordable to most aspirational. Most of the choices are for wood furniture, which I find the warmest, lowest maintenance and most attractive over time. My top pick? You will find it below...
From IKEA, this is my pick of their litter. Solid heartwood pine, this set comes in black or white stain and the set allows you to swap in different chairs or benches instead of chairs. Chairs are stackable and pads are addable for tooshie comfort.
- INOX Table with Assorted Chairs - From $723
I've always loved this well priced solution that looks great and shiny outdoors and can be paired with any chairs. Stainless steel, with die-cast aluminum feet, embossed surface and tilt top design that allows for compact storage, this baby comes from Switzerland. "From a Swiss company that has prided itself on producing refined outdoor offerings since its founding in 1954, Inox Tables (1989) serve well in a number of settings – courtyards to backyards, streetside to poolside and more."
- Jardine Dining Set - From $1,019
If you want a simple, beach cottage solution, here you go. From West Elm, this solid wood dining table with benches has a satisfying design update to separate it from traditional picnic ground fare. "Each piece in the Jardine Dining Set is made of FSC®-certified wood and has a rugged, driftwood-inspired finish that feels cured by sun and salty air."
- Travira Dining Table and Sling Back Chairs - From $1,718
From AllModern and designed by Oxford Garden, the Travira set is a mixture of teak, mesh and powder coated aluminum with a comfortable modern look. "Strong aluminum, light grey metallic powder coated frames combined with the sling seats and backs move and stack easily. Comfortable sling fabric allows for air circulation and requires no cushion. The teak tabletop option is a warm and personal surface that makes this table an enjoyable experience.
- Slab Dining Table & Benches - From $2,400
The striking contrast of the white stone slab against the black metal base caught my eye. Here's another nice setup from West Elm that works with benches and uses a lava stone and resin mix for the slab. Table and benches are sold separately. "Crafted from lava stone atop an iron base, the Slab Dining Table’s hand polished, versatile surface is equally at home indoors or outdoors."
- Abbot Zinc Top Table and Palmetto Chairs - From $3,141
With a stunning pic from Pottery Barn, this is a great set that mixes metal, wood and faux wicker - all designed to live outdoors. "Prized for its durability and natural rust resistance, galvanized zinc is ideal for casual outdoor entertaining. Its antique silvery blue finish provides a handsome contrast to our table’s solid eucalyptus X-shaped base."
- Santa Monica Dining Collection - From $2,800
RH is having a sale right now and this clean design is well priced for solid teak. There is a 6 person table and an extension version, with multiple seat designs and cushions to add.
- Crafted of sustainably harvested, premium Grade-A teak
- Mortise-and-tenon joinery
- Stainless-steel hardware
- Classically styled
- Hard-wearing and impervious to sun, rain, frost and snow, it promises at least 25 years of service
- Regatta Collection - From $3,000
A design that's done well for Crate & Barrel for years, the Regatta Collection starts with a eight seater table and is all teak. Not a lot of design flair here, but a good solid set that will last years.
- Solid FSC-certified teak
- Mortise-and-tenon joinery
- Stainless steel hardware
- Seats up to 8
- Kayu Collection - From $3,300
Totally modern, but with a simple, all teak theme, this substantial table pairs with colored Emeco chairs or with a matching teak bench. "The warmth of the straightforward, all-wood design complements modern or traditional interiors. Through sanding – which is the only “processing” done to this wood – natural oils are brought to the surface to create an incredible luster."
- Deneb Teak Collection by Jesús Gasca for Stua - From $4,700
More modern, super fancy, but still warm with wood, the Deneb collection is a stylish, utilitarian solution from Spain's Jesús Gasca in 2003. "Anodized or powder-coated aluminum; sustainably harvested solid teak; rubber glides."
- Somerset Collection - From $5,000
From Williams-Sonoma Home, this may not look different, but the cross bracing in the design is lovely and the table has a built in leaf that extends it to 8-10. This set is also made of unfinished teak.
- FINN Collection by Norm Architects - From $5,000
From the DWR and the Danish design team, Norm Architects, this is my favorite top of the line design for outdoors (or indoors). Gently raised teak table and padded chairs bring a slimness and elegance to the usually heavy task of outdoor dining furniture. "Solid sustainably harvested teak frame; black powder-coated or brushed stainless steel fittings."