A round outdoor table is the entertaining trend to embrace this season – these are the 12 best for socializing this summer

Round outdoor tables are a great addition to bring your social life to your outdoor space this spring. Here are my favorites

A round outdoor table
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As we throw open our backdoors and welcome in the warmer weather, we demand more from our backyards. We want them to function as extra living quarters, dining rooms, or a quiet setting for a morning coffee in the sunshine. With this in mind, it's crucial that we're kitting out our outdoor spaces accordingly, and this year, I've got my eye on round outdoor tables as the ultimate backyard entertaining essential. 

'We look at outdoor entertainment spaces as outdoor rooms that function very much like interior spaces,' says David Thompson, a principal and founder of Assembledge. 'They are purposeful and are thought-out as they relate to the other spaces of the house and property. 

'When we design those spaces, we ask questions such as how do we move to and from this place smoothly, without obstructions? The idea is to have flexibility in connections and adjacencies,' says David.

With this in mind, the round table makes perfect sense for backyards. Their circular shape makes a great design for social gatherings as there is no head at the table, and the space is conducive to free-flowing conversation, with all parties enjoying equally good seats.

Aesthetically, a round shape can soften any space, with a lack of sharp corners meaning these designs work perfectly in multiple spots throughout your backyard. I've scoured the web to find stylishly modern outdoor furniture options that will elevate any patio. 

Oonagh Turner
Oonagh Turner

Oonagh is an interiors writer and editor, and expert at keeping up with trends from the world of interior design. For this story, she's scoured the web to find the best round outdoor tables, suitable for any type of backyard.

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From wood to wicker to concrete, I've scoured the web for the best modern outdoor furniture pieces and beautiful round dining tables. Here are three I've got my eye on. 

Round dining tables

For something a little bigger that can accommodate your evening meals, these are the round dining tables I've got my eyes on.

Outdoor dining table

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Bistro tables

Bring a little Parisian flair to your outdoor space with a bistro table, a nice furniture addition that would fit into even the smallest of balcony or snuggest of porch.

Coffee tables

Coffee tables shouldn't just be reserved for the indoors. The best outdoor seating areas are those that come with a small station to place your morning coffee. Here are three of my favorite.

An outdoor coffee table

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Oval dining tables

For that little extra space that a round dining table doesn't afford, why not elongate the shape and go oval. Squeezing those extra few guests in while maintaining the softness of the round shape.

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at Livingetc.com and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.