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Bistro Table and Chairs

 

Want to find a solution to your small patio or balcony area, try one of these Bistro table and chairs.  I will look at 7 very different sets that you can choose from.  Each will have different looks and feel.  You will have to make a hard choice to find one that works for you.

The Bistro sets are generally just a small table about 24 inches across and 28 inches tall.  This will fit most small entertainment areas and have seating for two.

Now lets look at the details of each set and let you decide.

 

Azalea Ridge Bistro SetBetter Homes and Gardens Azalea Ridge

 

Price when article was written: $279

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This sets good points are the very comfortable swivel chairs.  The table is a bit on the small side, it is really just a side table.  The rich look of resin wicker will give this set a very formal look.

Thick cushions available in green or red and a back pillow will be included for each chair.  Cushions will use Olefin fabric, one of the best fabrics for outdoor furniture cushions.  Any outdoor fabric should be stored when not in use for longer life.

Chairs will sit on a round base and will not rock. A dark brown resin wicker will cover all areas of the of the exposed chair.  Each chair will support 225 pounds.

Table is 24 inches across and 19.75 inches tall, most other tables are 28 inches tall.  Tempered glass top will be supported by three legs with resin wicker weave covers.

This set is best for casual sitting with a adult beverage and snack.  If you have more room, I have an article on this collection with many other pieces available, follow this link for more details on the sets avaialble.

 

Pros

  • Swivel chairs
  • Cushions and back pillow
  • Rich wicker look
  • Two color choices
  • Collection has many pieces to choose from

Cons

  • Smaller table
  • Not really good for eating a meal
  • Cushions will need storage to last several years

 

Better Homes and Garden Bailey Ridge bistro setBetter Homes and Gardens Bailey Ridge

 

Price when article was written: $289

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The Bailey Ridge set will have high back chairs that both swivel and have a rocking motion.  The table is more full sized and will be high enough to eat a meal.  Frames are powder coated dark brown over aluminum.

The high back chairs will have a plate between the seat and chair base to give a small rocking motion.  Each chair will support 250 pounds.

Olefin fabric will cover the cushions, they are held in place by two Velcro straps that attach to the frame in the lower back.  They will have a button in the middle of the back and a pillow top for you head comfort.

This set will be best when you have a larger area for your bistro set.  Many other pieces are available in this collection.  I have an article on the Bailey Ridge collection, follow this link for more details.

 

Pros

  • Chairs swivel and rock
  • Table is great for a small meal or snack
  • Thick cushions for seating comfort

Cons

  • Cushions will be hard to replace because of their shape
  • Cushions will need to be stored to last as long as the frames

 

 

Alpine Mosaic AntiqueAlpine Mosaic Antique

 

Price when article was written: $254.86

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This small metal set with mosaic tiles inset in the table top, seat base and chair back will look good in any garden setting.  The chairs will fold for storage out of the way.  The metal frames are powder coated to last well in outdoor conditions.

Chairs will hold up to 300 pounds of weight.  Seat will be 18 inches off the floor.  Cushions will be needed if your are going to use for long term sitting.

Table top is 23.5 inches across and 26 inches tall.  Four legs with a center support will keep your table steady.  The mosaic top will make this table a little top heavy when trying to move it.

This set is great for a garden area add a glass of wine to sit back and relax after a long day at the office.  Chairs will fold when not needed for storage.

 

Pros

  • Chairs fold for storage
  • Large table top for a meal or snack

Cons

  • Need cushions for long term sitting
  • If tile falls out, would be hard to replace

 

 

Better Homes and Gardens Murry Hill Bistro setBetter Homes and Gardens Murray Hill

 

Price when article was written: $177.05

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Looking for that contemporary look or something that  looks different, this set will separate you from the crowd.  With the solid look of metal bars and a smooth top metal table, this set has very smooth lines.  Made from aluminum it will not rust.

The chairs are solid and have Olefin fabric cushions for the back and seating area. No straps for holding them on the chairs, you should store them when not in use to prolong their life.  Each chair will hold 250 pounds.

Better Homes and Gardens Murray Hill Bistro set storeTable is 45 inches long and has a flat metal top.  Some customers stated the top will flex, no attachment in the middle.  Chairs nest under table when not in use.

No assembly required for this set, just unpack, add cushions and enjoy.  This set will fit in most smaller areas and stores very well.  A great looking set that will start a conversation.

Can be used as a bar or serving table if you leave the chairs under it when not needed.

Pros

  • Very clean lines
  • Chairs store under table when not in use
  • No assembly needed

Cons

  • Cushions will need storage when not in use
  • Table top can flex
  • Chairs can be uncomfortable for some backs

 

 

Folding Red Metal Bistro setRed Metal Folding Bistro Set

 

Price when article was written: $100.89

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This very portable set will fold for storage or taking with you for a remote picnic.  Steel construction and a red powder coated finish will last very well in the outdoor environment.

Top of round table and top of chair backs has a design punched through the metal for some style.

Folding chairs have strap type seating that will be comfortable for short periods.

This set would be perfect for those who need to store their bistro set or those that just want to take it along when they picnic or have a tailgate party.

 

Pros

  • Folds for portability or storage
  • Perfect for tailgating or small areas

Cons

  • Very lightweight set
  • No cushions for long term sitting comfort

 

 

Better Homes and Gardens Glenmere Bistro setBetter Homes and Gardens Glenmere

 

Price when article was written: $136.94

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This simple set will be very comfortable with the vinyl straps supporting the cushions.  Steel construction will be covered with a powder coated finish.

Cushions for the seat and back are made from Olefin fabric that will withstand weather and sun very well.  Back cushion is more of a lumbar pillow.  Storage for the cushions is still recommended when not in use.

Chairs have a woven vinyl material that covers seat back and base.  Not really made for sitting on without seating cushions, but you can.  Chairs will support 225 pounds each.

Table is 26 inches, 28.5 inches tall with a smooth metal top.  Straight legs will support the top.

This set is for those who like clean lines and a simple set.

Pros

  • Clean lines
  • Straps to hold cushions in place

Cons

  • Cushions will require storage when not in use
  • Some assembly required

 

Mainstays Sand Dune Bistro SetMainstays Sand Dune

 

Price when article was written: $99

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With clean lines and sling fabric for seating and seat back comfort.  I like this material for comfort and ease of cleaning.  The fabric last very well in outdoor conditions, I have a set that has been out in my patio area for over ten years with little or no care.

The steel frames are covered with a dark brown powder coated finish.  Chairs will have a nice sling fabric for seating and back.  Each chair will support 250 pounds.

Table has a square top with a tempered glass insert with four curved legs with a lower square support.  Top of table is 24 inches square and 27.5 inches high.

Part of a bigger collection, the Mainstays Sand Dune bistro set will offer several types of matching outdoor furniture to add to your outdoor decor.  For more information on the Sand Dune bistro set, see my post here.  Some customers had trouble aligning holes when assembling this set.

This set is for those with outdoor spaces that could use more than just a bistro set.  A simple design that does not require cushions to be stored.

Pros

  • Sling fabric easy to care for
  • More pieces from this collection available

Cons

  • Some assembly required, some had problems with assembly
  • Tempered glass top hard to replace

 

Don't forget to look at storage solutions for your cushion, I have several ideas in a post here.

 

My conclusion, what would work best for me

 

I have had several bistro table and chairs sets.  I like the sling fabric for the chair seating, this fabric takes little or no care and last very well in all outdoor conditions.   This set also works for those on a budget for their patio furniture.

Each set in this article has its place in someones balcony or small outdoor space.  If I was to have a set for the garden area away from the home, I would choose the folding set.

I hope that you have found some information that will help in your choice for your bistro set.  Any questions or comments, please use the forms below, I will answer shortly.

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