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10 Easy Pieces: Foldable Garden Tables for Easy Storage

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10 Easy Pieces: Foldable Garden Tables for Easy Storage

February 3, 2023

When landscape designers ask clients who are gardeners where they like to sit, the answer is often “several places,” since real gardeners notice the path of the sun and place themselves accordingly. In smaller gardens, light (or indeed shade) will need to be maximized, which is why you might find yourself moving furniture a few feet to the left or right, depending on the time of day. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite portable, foldable tables for quick relocations and, come winter, easy storage.

Above: The BM3670 Outdoor Dining Table, designed in 1968 and now made from FSC-certified teak, was originally conceived by Danish designer Børge Mogensen, for use on his balcony (it measures 45.3″ long). Available from Hive at $1050, a wall mount is optional, for off-the-floor storage.
Above: Foldable doesn’t have to mean small, and this Deck Folding Table, a 1971 design by Mogensen, is about two thirds longer at 76.6 inches, seating at least eight. $1970 from Design Within Reach.
Above: Denmark leads the field in this category and Skagerak’s Selandia line offers a choice of foldable tables round and straight (plus foldable chairs). Round Folding Table, $1629 at Danish Design Store.
Above: As if to remind you that it is always a good time for a picnic, Herman Studio’s Picnic Folding Table comes with a handle on top. Powder-coated aluminum, £689 at Skandium.
Above: The Ethimo Flower Bistro Square 31.5 Inch Table is Italian-designed. Available in 18 colors in UV-resistant, powder-coated steel. Bon Marché offers it at $445, with free shipping.
Above: From Portuguese design house Adico, this 1950s design was a tribute to legendary French engineer Gustave Eiffel. The Adico 402 Folding Table is available directly from the manufacturer or TwentyTwentyOne in London (£250).
Above: It is rare to see powder-coated metal tables at such a size (75 inches long), and in quite such a range of colors (21 in all—this is Capucine). Fermob specializes in this kind of thing, and a wide variety of shapes can be found at Bon Marché, including this Caractere Rectangle Dining Table, at $1749.
Above: More ideas from France, the Central Outdoor Table is the work of acclaimed design brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. With a die-cast painted aluminum base and an HPL laminate top;  available to order from Magis, €674.
Above: The Town Folding/Balcony Table designed by Jan Kurtz (of Germany) is made to last from FSC-certified teak. Ambiente offer two Jan Kurtz folding tables with similar names: this is the 47-inch model, at €698.
Above: Terrain’s square Teak Folding Table is for outside or in, fitting into small spaces at 27.5 inches. $330; treat annually with teak shield.
Above: A bonus entry for ultimate versatility, Austere Trestles from the Finnish Design Shop were designed by Kristian Vedel. He played a part in the Scandinavian design movement of the 1950s, and is our final Dane. White oiled oak, $465 per pair.

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