For many trying to spruce up an outdoor space, limited space is an ongoing challenge. Trying to fit a large rectangular table onto a small patio or balcony can be extremely difficult.

The solution: round tables. Round tables are compact, space-saving alternatives to their rectangular counterparts. They can fit in tighter spaces and create a more intimate dining experience. So if you’ve been struggling to fulfill your al fresco dining dreams, read on to learn why your next outdoor table should be round and other space-saving tips.

A Space-Saving Alternative to Rectangular Tables

Mariposa round dining table and chairs for al fresco escape
Round Mariposa dining table and chairs for al fresco escape for mobile view

Round table tables fit well in tight spaces where you might not have been able to fit a regular table. This is largely because they don’t have 90-degree angles or corners to contend with. Additionally, a circular table has a smaller surface area than a rectangular or square one, allowing more seating per square foot in a patio space.

Enabling a Feeling of Intimacy

Round outdoor dining tables encourage conversation, making them perfect for intimate gatherings. The round shape also makes it easier for groups to converse at once. Also, with no “head” of the table, all guests have the same amount of spacing and there’s no perceived hierarchy based on the seating arrangements.

According to Living Cozy, for relatively small groups (6 to 8 guests or less), a round table is the superior option for socializing:

“A round dining table is perfect if you prefer a smaller, more intimate feel as it allows your guests to easily converse with everyone at the table and share a “family-style” meal together.”

A Lower Center of Gravity for Better Stability

Another benefit of round patio tables is superior stability. In tight quarters, guests will inevitably bump into the table. A round table is less likely to tip and cause spills thankful to a lower center of gravity. How is this achieved?

The shape of a round table means a greater concentration of weight in the middle area than on the ends. Therefore an unintended bump is less likely to tip or tilt a round table to the point that glasses or dishes will spill

The round Bodega dining table with a pedestal base
The round Bodega dining table with a pedestal base for mobile display

(pictured above) The Bodega dining table in charcoal aluminum paired with Moraga outdoor dining chairs

More Space Saving Tips for Round Outdoor Dining Tables

If saving space is a priority, opt for armless dining chairs with your round dining tables for a variety of reasons. These include:

  • Armless dining chairs are more comfortable to sit in.
  • They allow for more seating around the table.
  • They fit better in small spaces, making them ideal for round tables that have limited space.
  • The lack of arms makes them easier to move around and store when not in use, so they’re great if you want something that’s easy to stow away between meals or when cleaning up after a party.

Additionally, tables with a pedestal base enable more seating flexibility. Conversely, a round table with four legs often makes it awkward to try and utilize more than four seats because guests end up having to straddle one of the legs.

The Portola round outdoor dining table with Fortuna dining chairs

(pictured above) The Portola round outdoor dining table in charcoal aluminum paired with Fortuna dining chairs

In summary, round outdoor tables are ideal for small patio spaces. They can be paired with armless dining chairs to maximize space savings and create a cozy, intimate atmosphere. Round tables also have a lower center of gravity than rectangular tables, making them more stable. If you’re looking for a way to create an inviting dining area in your backyard or patio, consider investing in one of these stylish pieces!

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