Choosing the right commercial picnic tables is more complicated than most business owners think. There is a lot more that goes into choosing a picnic table than just browsing a catalog; there are many factors you must consider. Use the tips below to learn more about the most important commercial picnic table qualities and how to select the right one for your needs.
Shapes and Sizes
Picnic tables are available in a wide range of different shapes and sizes including rectangle, square, circle, oval, hexagon, and octagon ones. Ideally, you should allow for around 18 inches of linear space per person at the table. With this in mind, you can expect to seat eight people at an average round, square, or octagonal commercial picnic table. Hexagon tables usually seat six people. Rectangular and oval tables have the largest seating capacity and can accommodate between eight and 12 people. When trying to choose the size and shape of the table, consider your reasons for buying the tables. If your business or commercial property gets all sorts of visitors, consider getting tables in different sizes so you can accommodate groups of all sizes.
You will also need to choose the material for your tables. Picnic tables are offered in a variety of materials. You can purchase metal tables made of aluminum, galvanized steel, powder coated steel, or thermoplastic steel. Tables are also available in wood, concrete, and recycled plastic. Each material has its pros and cons, so do some research on each one before you make your final choice.
Consider the climate of the area where your business is located, too. If your tables will be outside during hot weather, you may want to choose a lighter colored table. Light colors reflect sunlight and will keep tabletops and seats cooler during the summer. Additionally, perforated coated steel picnic tables allow air to flow through the surfaces, which will help to keep them cool. However, the best choices for comfort in the summer are wood, concrete, or aluminum. Another way to keep your tables at a comfortable temperature is to buy a picnic table umbrella for each outdoor table to provide some shade.
Will your tables be outside all year long? If so, they will need to be able to withstand all sorts of weather, including heat, rain, snow, and more. The most durable and weather-resistant materials are concrete and metals with thermoplastic coating. If you would still prefer a wood or non-thermoplastic coated metal table, try to find one that folds and can be stored through the winter.
Before selecting a picnic table, you should think about the different installation options available. Commercial tables can come with a single pedestal base, frame support bases, or individual leg bases. When it comes to mounting the table, there are three different options: in-ground mount, surface mount, and portable. If you plan to keep your tables in the same spot for a long time to come, in-ground mounts are the best choice. Surface mounted picnic tables are still secure and are best if you plan to place the table on a concrete surface. Portable tables are ideal if you don’t want to keep the tables in the same spots and you are not as concerned with theft. Keep in mind that portable tables can still be secured to the ground using surface mount clamps.
Reach out to us at Outdoor School Furniture to learn more about all of the commercial picnic tables and picnic tables with umbrellas that we offer.