Jesse Burkhart -- Casual Living, April 16, 2011
As at-home outdoor dining grows more popular amidst an uncertain economy, a wide range of designs and constructions signify that spring is in the air. Consumers can achieve a rustic or contemporary look for their outdoor dining areas with a variety of weather-resistant furniture and accessory options.
Easy to clean, durable and weather-resistant, the Rain or Shine collection by AMS Imports is woven with 100% acrylic fabric and polypropylene yarns.
From Merritt International, these crackle tumblers are lightweight, shatter-resistant, dishwasher-durable and BPA-free for casual outdoor use. The clear, celadon green and bronze tumblers, made of Eastman Tritan copolyester, are available in 14-ounce and 17-ounce sizes.
Crafted of resin wicker, Domus Ventures' Barrio 75-inch square dining table seats eight comfortably and is available in various colors, textures and sizes of virgin HDPE resin wicker.
Sleek and contemporary, the Coronado dining collection from Outback Company pairs a table made of faux wood and chairs constructed of textilene fabric and aluminum frames.
Available in counter height and five lengths, Oxford Garden's Hampton tables can be used standing alone or adjoined to create more dining space.
A rock-shaped speaker from Paradigm is an all-weather sound solution to complement outdoor dining.
Three Coins Castings
Available in custom-made rectangles and ovals, a 63-inch square table with Leon Chairs from Three Coins Castings shows off solid cast aluminum construction and a lead patina finish.
Constructed of Western Red Cedar and manufactured in the United States, Creekvine Designs' Cedar Family dining table showcases simplicity of design, handcrafted curves and a large dining surface.
A hand-woven, rich cappuccino weave and elegantly shaped arms are used to add texture to a porch, deck or patio in Berkshire from NorthCape International.
Legacy Fine Casual Furniture
Legacy Fine Casual Furniture showcases a modern look with its Artesia dining set, crafted of wrought aluminum and available in 23 finishes.
Pride Family Brands
The Sienna collection from Pride Family Brands features a gentle curve that crowns each stationary or rocking chair and a classic scrolling motif on the chair backs. The set is constructed of weather-resistant cast aluminum and is sealed with a powder-coat finish.
Summer Classics' Aqua deep-seating collection adds sophistication and comfort to an outdoor dining space with its durable water hyacinth wicker and pecan finish.
Outdoor Lifestyle uses premium A356 aluminum to create bold, interwoven lines in its Florence collection.
Palm Springs Rattan & Garden Classics
Available in more than 100 outdoor fabrics and six stone-top designs, all with an aluminum honeycomb core for added durability, Kokomo from Palm Springs Rattan & Garden Classics can produce a casual or elegant ambiance.