Good Questions: Perfect Long Table for Our Porch?

Good Questions: Perfect Long Table for Our Porch?

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 26, 2007

Hello AT,

I'm searching for the perfect porch table, and Outdoor Home month spurred me to write in for help.

My new condo in Cambridge has a long, narrow porch off the kitchen, and I'm puzzled by what table to buy. I cook and entertain a lot and we've loved having a big porch table at our house in NH this year...

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The new porch is 5 feet wide by 19 feet long; I don't really want little café tables, which are all that I'm finding in a 24" depth: we give lots of dinner parties and usually have 6-8 people. Since the porch is plenty long, I am looking for narrower-than-usual tables, preferably about 2 feet wide.

I spotted the Böllo table in a 44" x 25" size (photo attached) on the Ikea website a few weeks ago and was ecstatic. As soon as I could make it to the store I searched high and low, but it turns out the table was a special release for summer, and they only get one shipment. So sad. At $49.99 each, I had hoped to buy two and be able to seat 8 for dinner, then fold up the tables and store them or move them out of the way.

Do you know of any relatively budget-friendly sources for unusual table sizes? I have looked at all the usual suspects but it seems like outdoor tables are normally 30" wide.

Thank you! Kate

Dear Kate,

We're going to throw this good question out to the crowd, but before we do we'll direct you to this hot link over at Remodelista, 10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Outdoor Dining Tables.

Anyone else????

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