Picnic tables are not only a traditional backyard staple, but they’ve evolved to become so muchmore than a place for sandwiches and watermelon on a summer day. They’re a favorite gatheringplace for friends, the site of craft projects for kids, and even act as outdoor classrooms.
From campground to crab shack to suburban backyard, the picnic table is soubiquitous that it is nearly invisible as a designed object. Yet this ingenious form — a structurally bolted frame that unites bench seats and table into a sturdy package — has remained largely unchanged since the 1930s. Having transcended the picnic, it is now the ideal setting for any outdoor event that compels us to face one another squarely across a shared surface.
These qualities of familiarity and abundance have made the picnic table an American icon. For most of the past hundred years, we have occupied picnic tables chosen by others, by the operators of car washes and rest stops and fairgrounds, and it is never uncomfortable.
One thing that's important to buyers is how much weight a picnic table will hold. While looks are
also important, knowing that there won't be a 'disaster' during dinner is critical.
Another thing people consider is whether the table will be stored or left out. If it's to be stored for the winter, the ease of tearing down is something worth considering- both Lifetime tables and the Best Choice tables fold up, for example.
If you love dining outdoors with friends or relaxing in the backyard with family, you know what a beautiful picnic table looks like. They come in different shapes; round, rectangular, oval, hexagonal, etc. Lastly, materials play a big role in buying decisions. Wood is popular and beautiful, but left untreated, can wear out over time. Materials like polyethylene don't look as good, but can last for decades.