Ah, summer. Perhaps we’ll sip an iced cocktail by the lily pond, or take a stroll down to the far end of the garden to see how the jasmine hedge is coming along. Well, that’s certainly on the list the second we win the lottery – until then, we’ll have to make do with a slightly more modest space in the back garden. Not many of us have the luxury of unlimited space, and garden furniture needs to practical and made to stack away when the summer’s over. We’ve tracked down ten of the best folding tables out there, suitable for big gardens or small.
1. Toulouse square folding table, Bridgman
Available in a striking shade of silver, this Grosfillex 80cm Toulouse table is neat and practical. The combination of the aluminium structure and high-pressure laminate (HPL) top means its durable and needs minimal upkeep, as well. It seats four, and has a three-year guarantee. £349, available from Bridgman.
2. Gateleg round folding table, Jo Alexander
With its ingenious ‘gateleg’ mechanism, this round teak folding dining table measures 150cm in diameter and seats six to eight. It’s made from grade A teak and incorporates a recess for the parasol stand so you don’t need a separate base. Was £575 now £488.85, available from Jo Alexander.
3. Rive Droite garden bistro set, Garden Trading
Suitable for the tiniest of spaces (you could even put it on a balcony), this Parisian style set comprises a circular table and two matching slatted chairs. All items are completely foldable making them easy to transport, store away or even take with you on family picnics. Made from powder coated steel, this set is durable as well as attractive and costs £120 from Garden Trading.
4. Five piece wooden dining set, VonHaus
Add some dash for minimal dosh with this traditional five piece wooden table and chair set, which includes a folding octagonal table and four folding chairs. Made from Malaysian hardwood with a teak oil coating that adds an extra layer of protection. The table measures 90cm across which seats four, and the set costs £168.99 from Domu.
5. Carnaby folding outdoor table, Cult Furniture
Neat and sleek, this Carnaby outdoor dining table comes in light grey polywood for durability and style. Made from polywood, it measures 80cm wide and will seat two or four at a pinch. Resistant to water and UV, it costs £79 from Cult Furniture.
6. Grigio garden butler table, Norfolk Leisure
If you’re really tight for space, need a supplement for your main table or are catering for one, this Grigio butler tray is perfect. Ideal for your afternoon tea parties, and great as a makeshift bar. Made from FSC 100% eucalyptus, this little table is sturdy enough for bottles but would also look good holding plants. £59, available from Cuckooland.
7. Chez Julien folding table and chairs, Dibor
This ornate, shabby chic cream garden furniture includes a table and two chairs. Made of strong, durable metal with a central scroll design, this French style garden furniture set is ideal for coffee and cake or dinner alfresco. Accessorise with a couple of bottles of wine and baguettes, and voila! £218 for the set, available from Dibor.
8. Flora table and chair set, The Forest and Co
This small metal garden table and chairs set is perfect for balconies, patios and gardens of any size. Delicate-looking but sturdy, the table and chairs are easy to fold away and store – or simply move to another part of the garden, should you wish. They are also compact enough for you just to fling them in the back of the car and take camping or to the beach. Was £108, now £108.80, available from The Forest and Co.
9. Hardwood bistro set, Plant Theatre
This high quality square table and matching chairs are made from hardwood acacia from sustainable sources and have been stained and oiled by hand for a smooth finish. If you prefer a traditional look, this set is neat and unobtrusive. Cushions are available separately. The set was £199 now £99, available from Plant Theatre.
10. Aldric bistro table, Eberhart
This ultra-modern folding table is really the Rolls Royce of garden furniture! Made to order from concrete and solid oak, it’s streamlined and incredibly durable. £889, available from Urban Avenue.