Picnic tables are used as a place to sit outdoors any time you need a table. They are used for dining, for resting, for doing crafts, and for other activities. Picnic tables are generally found in many parks.

Picnic tables are also used indoors, when it is desired to have attached seating to tables. This is most common is school cafeterias, community centers, and employee break rooms.

Full sized picnic tables generally seat from six to ten individuals, and are generally placed in a location, such as a back yard, park, or barbecue area, permanently or long-term. Full-sized picnic tables are very widely used in public spaces and private homes, but are generally too bulky to use for casual outdoor picnics.


Types of Picnic Tables

A metal picnic table is traditionally made of wood, but modern tables are often made from plastic, concrete, or metal.

Wooden tables are constructed using lumber boards. Protection for the wood (stain, paint, or wood protectant that repels water) is necessary to protect it from cracking, warping, or rotting due to moisture. The table-top and bench-top boards are attached to the trusses or beams using wood screws or nails. The legs can be secured with carriage bolts fastened by nuts and washers.

Plastic tables are becoming more popular because they are lighter, stronger, and less expensive than wooden tables, and require no maintenance. They are also more durable than wooden tables, and last longer.

Metal tables are becoming more popular in public parks because they are heavy and durable, and require little maintenance. Metal tables are sometimes attached onto concrete pads when theft is a concern.

Stone or concrete tables are the most durable variety, but suffer from the drawbacks of high price, and being fixed in place and immobile.

A Children's picnic table is a children's picnic table is an undersized picnic table designed to be used by up to four children. They are almost always constructed of plastic or wood, and are used for eating and playing.