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How Do I Choose the Best Resin Table?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

A resin table is one that is made from certain types of plastic. These tables are resistant to sun and water damage, making them an ideal choice for outdoor use. Choosing the best resin table starts with determining what you will use the table for, as well as how many people are likely to use the table at one time. This will dictate the size and shape of the table, and it may even determine additional features you will want or need. Consider how much you are willing to spend on the table, since certain models can be more expensive than others.

Many resin table models are injection molded, which means the resin is heated and melted into a liquid, then forced into a mold in the shape of the table. This process allows a manufacturer to press more material into the mold, leading to a more solid, heavy-duty table. Try to choose a table that is injection molded if you want a strong, durable, and sturdy table, but keep in mind it may be more expensive than tables made through other processes. Regardless of the method by which the resin table is manufactured, make sure the table is safe and sturdy, and heavy enough that it will not blow away in a strong breeze.

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Woman holding a book

If you plan on using the table outdoors, consider choosing a resin table that includes a slot for an umbrella. The tabletop will have an opening through which the umbrella's post can slide, and the legs beneath should feature some sort of additional support to keep the umbrella in place, even during moderate winds. Tables with an opening on the tabletop but no support system beneath should generally be avoided, since they are likely to not be strong enough to support the umbrella in moderate to heavy winds.

Think about what shape of resin table will work best for the patio space or deck space. Round tables are more common, and they tend to be more versatile in terms of fitting in a variety of locations, but square or rectangular tables are also useful, especially for seating more guests or fitting into corners on porches or patios. Regardless of the shape, be sure to take a careful look at the structure of the table's legs to ensure the table will be secure and stable in all conditions, especially in strong winds.

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