How do you set up a garden table and 4 chairs on your patio?

We have 10 simple steps to get your new Lazy Susan garden table and 4 chairs set up on your patio…

Setting up a garden table and four chairs on your patio is a straightforward process but sometimes a fresh perspective can help you find a place that you might not have thought of or a subtle tweak can make that space function just a little bit better...

Here's our 10-step guide to helping you pick the best spot and get yourself all set up this summer:

1. Choose the Location

1. Choose the Location

Before you buy a new garden table and 4 chairs it is important to decide where on your patio you want to put them.

Consider factors such as sunlight exposure, proximity to other features like plants or outdoor accessories such as a BBQ, and the overall flow of your outdoor space.

Choosing the best position for your patio table and chairs is something we touched on in our recent Choosing the perfect 4-seater garden furniture set article, and it is very much a personal preference, however, there are 3 things you should consider when assessing the best spot:

  • Sun
    Do you prefer to sunbathe or relax in the shade? Consider the sun's movement on your patio throughout the day. Are there any nearby structures or trees that provide natural shade? If you crave both sun and shade, consider adding a parasol or a retractable awning.

  • View
    Position your garden table to capture the best view of your garden, any outdoor features such as a pond or any views beyond. If you prefer seclusion, then pick a spot that offers the desired level of privacy. Think about the atmosphere you want to create. Would you prefer a quiet corner for intimate gatherings or a more open space that takes in the view?

  • Flow
    Wherever you position your garden table and chairs, you must have easy access to your table from your home and other frequently used areas like the BBQ or kitchen. Avoid placing the furniture in high-traffic areas to prevent congestion and create a smooth flow of movement around your outside space.

2. Prepare the Area

2. Prepare the Area

Once you have a good idea where you would like the furniture to go, you've ordered and it is ready to assemble, before you begin, clear the chosen area of any debris, such as leaves, dirt, or stones, etc.

Sweep up and hose down the patio surface to ensure it's clean and free of any obstacles that could interfere with the placement of your garden table and chairs.

Getting your patio ready will depend on its current condition and age, however, we would recommend the following steps:

  • Clean
    Start by giving your patio area a thorough clean. Sweep away leaves, dirt, and debris. If necessary, hose down the entire area to remove dust and grime. You can use a mild soap solution for stubborn stains on concrete or stone patios or a specialist patio or deck cleaner if you need to remove any mould or algae.

  • Repair
    Inspect your patio for any cracks, loose pavers, or uneven decking. Address any such issues before placing your new furniture to prevent any damage or potential safety issues. 

  • Level
    Ensure your patio surface is level. Uneven surfaces can cause your furniture to wobble or become damaged. Our garden chairs and tables come supplied with screw-in feet that can be adjusted for uneven surfaces.

  • Seal
    Depending on the material of your patio (e.g. concrete or wood, etc), consider applying a sealant to protect it from moisture and stains. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the correct solution and application.

3. Assemble the Furniture

3. Assemble the Furniture

Assembling a Lazy Susan garden table and four chairs is quite straightforward, and it should take you around 1 hour to 2 hours max (15/20 mins per item).

Our furniture is supplied Ready-To-Assemble, which means parts such as the legs need to be fitted to the tabletop, etc.

Most pieces require minimal tools, however, the specific assembly process will vary depending on the table set you have. This is our outline step-by-step process to help you get started:

  • Read Instructions
    Before assembling anything, carefully read the instructions provided with your patio furniture. This will provide specific guidance and ensure that you follow the recommended steps.

  • Organise Components
    Lay out all the parts and hardware, organising them by type. Check that you have all the necessary components before starting.

  • Right Tools
    Gather the tools recommended in the instructions. This may include screwdrivers, wrenches, or Allen wrenches. Using the correct tools will make the assembly process smoother.

  • Start Assembly
    Begin assembling your furniture following the step-by-step instructions provided. Ensure that you follow the order of steps, as deviating from the sequence may cause issues later in the process.

  • Get Help
    Some patio furniture pieces (such as the tabletop) can be heavy or awkward to handle alone. If the instructions recommend having more than one person for assembly, enlist help to make the process safer and more efficient.

  • Stabilise
    Ensure that all parts are securely fastened and that the furniture is stable. Make any necessary adjustments to level the furniture on an even surface.

  • Final Check
    Check that all components are aligned correctly, especially for furniture with moving parts like adjustable recliners or folding features.

  • Test Movement
    If your furniture has moving parts (e.g., reclining chairs or folding tables), test these features to ensure they function smoothly.

You will find a more detailed breakdown of the process for our range with images and videos in our How do you assemble our garden tables and chairs? article.

4. Position the Table

4. Position the Table

Arranging an outdoor table and 4 chairs on your patio depends on several factors such as space, functionality, sun, shade, traffic flow, privacy, and any scenic views you want to make the most of.

Start by assessing the following:

  • Size
    Measure your patio and consider the available space after accounting for other furniture, walkways, plants, etc.

  • Shape
    Rectangular, L-shaped, circular, or other shapes all offer different arrangement possibilities.

  • Purpose
    Is it for dining, relaxing, or both?

  • Seating
    Choose a layout that allows comfortable seating for the desired number of guests.

  • Exposure
    Do you prefer an open, sunny spot or a shady area for meals and gatherings? If using an umbrella or awning, ensure it covers the desired table area throughout the day.

  • Access
    Create natural entry and exit points. Avoid blocking access points or walkways with the table placement. Keep the table away from heavily used areas to avoid congestion.

  • Privacy
    Do you prefer a secluded space or are you open to a more exposed area?

  • Views
    Position the table to capture appealing views of your garden, pool, or other features.

Here are some specific ways you could arrange a garden table and 4 chairs:

  • Centre
    A classic option, suitable for smaller patios or open layouts.

  • Wall
    Against a wall or fence will maximise space and create a defined dining area.

  • Corner
    Ideal for maximising space in L-shaped patios or creating a cosy atmosphere.

  • Shade
    Under an umbrella or awning or a structure such as a pergola is a great solution for sunny patios, allowing flexible placement based on sun movement.

  • L-Shaped
    This arrangement is suitable for larger patios and creates two distinct zones - one for dining and another for lounging. Place the table along one edge of the patio and the chairs in an L-shape around it.

  • Off-Centre
    This arrangement allows for more flexibility and can create a more casual feel. Position the table slightly off-centre, leaving room for other furniture or activities.

  • Circular
    Encourages conversation and works well for smaller groups.

5. Place the Chairs

5. Place the Chairs

Once the table is in position, you can arrange the four chairs evenly around it, ensuring they are positioned comfortably for seating and that there is enough space between each chair for easy access, etc.

The best way to position chairs around your patio table depends on the table shape, size, the number of chairs and how you plan to use it:

Table Shape & Size:

  • Round
    Chairs can be evenly spaced around the perimeter for easy conversation and access. You can also opt for alternating chair types (for example, a coordinating garden bench paired with our regular garden chairs is common) for visual interest.

  • Oval
    Chairs can be placed along the long side on oval tables for larger groups or all 4 sides for intimate gatherings. Consider leaving space at the ends for additional chairs if need be.

  • Square
    Arrange chairs similarly to a round table, ensuring comfortable legroom and space for reaching the centre. A square table creates a more formal setting but don’t be tempted to sit people on the corners.

Number of Chairs:

  • Even
    Distribute all 4 chairs evenly for balanced visual weight and ease of conversation.

  • Odd
    If you want to store one of the four chairs and place one side of the table against a wall.

Functionality & Purpose:

  • Dining
    Opt for practical spacing that allows plenty of elbow room for comfortable eating and reaching for drinks.

  • Relaxing
    Consider upgrading to our Jane or Kate chairs to give you a little extra width and armrests for added comfort.

  • Combination
    Choose a layout that caters to both dining and lounging needs by pairing garden chairs with a garden bench and cushions.

Here are some specific chair arrangement ideas:

  • Formal
    Evenly spaced chairs around the table all facing inwards.

  • Informal
    Chairs angled slightly inwards for easier conversation and a more laid-back presentation.

  • Converging
    Pairs of chairs facing each other across the table to promote conversation.

6. Adjust for Comfort and Functionality

6. Adjust for Comfort and Functionality

Once the table and chairs are in place, take a moment to adjust their position for optimal comfort and functionality.

Ensure that each chair is positioned at a comfortable distance from the table and that there is enough legroom underneath between the front of the chair and the recessed table legs.

Consider factors such as sunlight and shade, wind direction, and views when arranging the furniture. Ultimately, a patio that prioritises both comfort and functionality creates a welcoming, relaxing, and enjoyable space you and guests will want to spend time in

Remember, it's about creating a space that truly serves your needs and preferences, allowing you to unwind, connect, and make the most of your outdoor space.

Comfort and functionality are crucial elements:

  • Comfort
    A comfortable patio creates a space you'll want to spend time in. Ergonomic seating, cushions, adequate shade, and a good furniture layout will ensure relaxation and enjoyment, encouraging you and your guests to linger and make the most of the space.

  • Functionality
    A functional patio is designed to accommodate your desired activities. Whether it's dining, entertaining, reading, or simply soaking up the sun, having furniture and features that are configured to support your intended use will maximise the patio's purpose.

Comfortable ergonomic seating will help prevent aches and fatigue, allowing you to truly unwind, enjoy a meal or drinks, and reap the benefits of being outside:

  • Stress
    It reduces stress by eliminating any frustration or inconvenience while using it. Easy access to amenities, smooth traffic flow, and comfortable layout contribute to a peaceful and enjoyable experience.

  • Social
    Comfort and functionality foster a welcoming environment for friends and family. Comfortable seating and a well-executed layout will encourage conversation and interaction, turning your garden table and 4 chairs into a social hub.

  • Enjoyment
    Easy-to-use f garden tables and chairs with adequate space for movement, and consideration for sun and shade, will make hosting on your patio effortless and enjoyable for both you and your guests.

  • Encouragement
    By prioritising comfort and functionality, you're more likely to use your garden table and chairs frequently, maximising your investment and getting the most out of your outdoor space.

  • Adaptability
    Choosing a set with a comfortable and functional garden table and 4 chairs will ensure its suitability for various activities and adaptability to your evolving needs over time, increasing its lifespan and overall value.

7. Accessorise the Table and Chairs

7. Accessorise the Table and Chairs

Add additional accessories or decor items to your garden table order, such as our seat cushions and parasols for shade, or tablecloths and decorative accents, to enhance the look and functionality of your outdoor dining area.

Accessorising your table can go a long way in setting the mood and bringing that all-important personal touch to your outdoor space.

Here are some of our decor essentials to get you started:

  • Centrepiece
    We love a garden table centrepiece and it can be as simple as some seasonal blooms in a vase to keep things low-maintenance but aesthetically pleasing, adding greenery and colour to the table.

  • Fabrics
    Tablecloths in a weather-resistant material like cotton or polyester with bold patterns or bright summer colours are another fab way you can easily complement your patio decor. If you don’t want to cover your beautiful table then placemats will add a functional layer of texture and pattern without covering the latticework.

  • Decor
    Opt for colourful or patterned options to enhance the table when setting for guests. Choose flatware and utensils that match your tableware and theme.

  • Lighting
    Outdoor candles or fairy lights are essential if you want to stay outside when the sun starts to set. String lights or lanterns around the table or in nearby trees will bring a magical evening ambience.

8. Test the Setup

8. Test the Setup

This is a step many skip but we think it is super important to sit at the table and test the arrangement to ensure it feels comfortable and functional before you settle on a spot.

Don’t be afraid to make adjustments to the positioning of the furniture or accessories to achieve the look and feel you want. Even subtle movements of a few cm away from a wall or a tweak to the angle can sometimes make a dramatic difference.

A set with a garden table and 4 chairs from us is relatively lightweight. Cast aluminium feels robust but it is easy to pick up and move. For example, our June Set weighs around 19 KG so it is easy to move.

There are several key reasons why we think it is important to test where you put new garden furniture before deciding on its final placement:

  • Comfort
    Different parts of your garden and patio will experience different levels of sun and shade throughout the day. Testing allows you to ensure your furniture gets the desired amount of sun or shade.

  • Accessibility
    Testing also helps prevent you from accidentally blocking walkways, doorways, or access points with your table and chairs, creating better flow.

  • Functionality
    It will help you make the most of your outside space and allow you to see if the furniture layout facilitates your desired activities.

  • Aesthetics
    You also want the space to look good so testing a few different positions or making subtle tweaks will allow you to assess how the furniture looks in different spots, and consider its compatibility with existing features and planting, etc.

  • Stability
    Testing allows you to see if the furniture sits level and stable on the chosen surface, preventing wobble or potential damage. You can also check for proper drainage under chairs and tables to avoid water pooling on your patio.

9. Enjoy your Outdoor Dining Area

9. Enjoy your Outdoor Dining Area

Once everything is set up to your satisfaction, it's time to sit back relax and enjoy some food or a few drinks on your newly arranged outdoor dining table.

Whether it is for an alfresco meal, entertaining a couple of friends in the evening, or simply enjoying your garden, your garden table and four chairs will give you a comfortable and inviting space to gather and unwind.

However, for the team here at Lazy Susan, enjoying our outdoor dining areas goes beyond just having good food and company. Here are some ways you can amplify the experience:

  • Ambience
    Transform your space with a patio heater, fire pit, fairy lights, lanterns, candles, or string lights for a magical evening.

  • Sound
    Set the mood with music that complements the atmosphere you're aiming for or introduce a water feature.

  • Scent
    Citronella candles will keep bugs away while filling your garden with essential oils or plant some herbs to add a refreshing touch.

  • Personality
    Incorporate things that make the space uniquely yours. Display unique decor, hang wind chimes or personalised signs.

  • Comfort
    Ensure your chairs are comfortable, feet adjusted, and level, and consider adding our seat cushions and outdoor throw blankets.

  • Shade
    Pair our garden tables with a parasol for sunny days and offer blankets or add a source of patio heat for when the temp dips.

  • Lighting
    Have sufficient lighting for after dark, keeping safety and mood in mind. Include bug-repellent options if need be.

  • Accessibility
    Ensure easy access to the dining area from your home and other frequently used areas like the grill or bathroom.

10. Protect the Furniture

10. Protect the Furniture

Patio furniture is expensive to replace, so it makes sense to be proactive and protect your new furniture. Anything left outside will get dirty and there’s always a risk of damage in stormy weather.

Here are some ways to protect your garden table and chairs all year round:

  • Cleaning 
    Regularly clean your table with mild soap and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before storing or covering. This removes dirt such as bird droppings or tree sap that can damage the finish.

  • Waxing
    This is optional but we like to apply a light coat of a carnauba-style car wax to our range (especially after cleaning) to add a protective layer and enhance the shine.

  • Sun Protection
    If your table is exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods, consider pairing it with a parasol or shade sail to prevent excessive heat build-up and to keep you cool and protected.

  • Spills
    Wipe up spills immediately, especially acidic or sugary substances on our white finish, to prevent staining.

  • Storing
    If possible, store your table indoors in a dry, well-ventilated location such as a shed during the winter months. Our furniture is perfectly OK left outside in the snow and rain but this will just help to keep it clean.

  • Covering
    If storing isn't an option, then use a breathable outdoor furniture cover specifically designed for cast aluminium furniture and store in a sheltered part of your garden or patio.

  • Repairing
    Address any scratches or chips promptly with our touch-up paint specifically formulated for cast aluminium range. This will prevent any bigger problems and keep your table and chairs looking like new.

Our Final Thoughts...
Our Final Thoughts…

The key to getting the right garden table with four chairs is to carefully measure your space and furniture to ensure a good fit and this is something we looked at in detail in our recent How much space do you need on your patio for a 4-seater garden dining set? article.

If you want to test before you buy, then use temporary markers such as pavement chalk or cut up some old cardboard to the footprint size to test different layouts before committing to a final set size or position.

Consider the impact of the furniture on other garden features and landscaping, and if you’re unsure, ask for some feedback from design-savvy friends or family to get a different perspective.

By taking the time to test and set up your new garden table and chairs, you can be sure to find the perfect spot for it, maximising your enjoyment of your outdoor space.

Just remember, the best position is ultimately the one that best suits your needs and looks good in your outside space. By considering these 10 factors and experimenting a bit, you can create an outdoor space with the perfect garden table and 4 chairs that you and your family will love spending time in!

If you have any photos of your new Lazy Susan Garden Furniture in your garden or on your patio, we’d love to see a few for our Do Some Good charity campaign. You can tag us @LazySusanFurniture on Instagram or Facebook or Upload Here.

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