Best Outdoor Dining Tables 2012

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Midsummer may seem a little late in the season to start decorating your outdoor space but it's actually kind of perfect. Retailers are starting to discount their summer furniture and if you get your space set up now, you'll be able to enjoy it well into autumn. We've rounded up 12 of the best outdoor dining table options — 6 for small spaces and 6 for spreading out.

Tables for Small Spaces
1. Compamia 28" Square Dining Table from Wayfair, commercial grade resin in 4 colors, $99
2. Café 30sq Table from Room & Board, in steel with silver powder coat finish, $249
3. Surf White Flip-Top Table from Crate & Barrel, aluminum with powder coat finish, $99
4. Grasshopper Table from Tectona, available in Square & Rectangle, starting at $1,050
5. f2 Square Outdoor Table from CB2, in galvanized steel with gunmetal grey patina, $199
6. LaSalle 3-Piece Mesh Patio Bistro Furniture Set from Target, in powdercoated steel with 5 color options, $99

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Tables for Spreading Out
1. Ladybird Rectangular Table from Tectona, teak legs and aluminum tabletop, $2,340
2. Regatta Rectangular Dining Table from Crate & Barrel, solid teak, $1,299 - This was Maxwell's Daily Find from last summer, this table has been in use in his home for a few years and is still holding up well.
3. Pottery Barn Shattuck Rectangular Bistro Table, mahogany top with a metal base, $399
4. ÄPPLARÖ Drop Leaf Table from IKEA, Solid acacia wood with acrylic glazing paint, $139
5. West Elm Dexter Outdoor Expandable Dining Table, solid wood with Driftwood finish, $424
6. Smith & Hawken Brooks Island Dining Table from Target, in mahogany, $299

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Previous Years Best Outdoor Dining Tables Guides
Best Outdoor Dining Tables 2010
Best Outdoor Dining Tables 2009

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