You've got an outdoor space to fill, and when it comes to commercial tables and chairs the options feel endless. Should the tables be square or rectangular or round? Should they all be the same height and size? Do you need chairs or benches or stools? Are all these items stationary or movable? Is it possible to mix and match all of this? It can feel a little daunting. But it should also be a time of creativity and fun. In an effort to make things a little simpler, here is a list of five factors to consider as you get set to plan and design how to accommodate your outdoor space. Configuring Shapes and Sizes In woodworking, the saying goes, "measure twice, cut once," and the same principle applies when selecting outdoor tables and chairs. You'll want to carefully measure out the space you are planning to use. You want to be accommodating to people, but certainly not feel overcrowded or squeezed. If you have an odd-shaped setting or one with different nooks and crannies, the measuring might be a little tedious, but it will be worth it. Commercial outdoor furniture comes in a wide array of shapes and sizes, and so the best solution might very well be to mix and match some of those different options. Permanent or portable? Commercial outdoor tables and chairs can be as versatile as you need them to be. Will you need to move them often? Are you hoping users will have the ability to rearrange and reconfigure the furniture as needed? Consider selecting options that are lightweight and unattached. Conversely, maybe you need something heavier and more durable. If we're talking about something like a community park, chances are your tables , chairs , and benches will be fixed in one position. In that kind of case, you will be looking for furniture is capable of being mounted to the ground. Maintenance and Material Considerations Furniture maintenance goes hand-in-hand a bit with those portability questions. Should you go with wood, or metal, or plastic? While mounting your tables and chairs does not mean they can never be moved, those options are a bit more permanent. And in that case, you'll want to consider picking tables and chairs built with materials that are able to withstand the weather and other local elements that might come into play. Similar considerations should be made even if your commercial tables and chairs will not be mounted. However, there is more flexibility in such cases to move that furniture indoors or to a safer space when those elements arise. Functionality and Accessibility Factor in exactly how your target users are going to be using these tables and chairs. Is this a place where people will be sitting down for a meal? A spot to simply take a break? Do you envision large groups of people getting together, or is it more for small groups or individuals? Thinking ahead about your target users and answering these types of questions can help you determine shapes and sizes and ensure that you are creating a place that is fully functional. Don't forget take into account accessibility. While you can do your best to envision your typical target user, you'll want a space that can accommodate anyone with any specific needs. Aesthetics We saved the best for last! Answering the above questions is important when you choose commercial tables and chairs for your outdoor setting. But at the end of the day, picking the best options should be fun. And for sure you want your choices to look good. It's all about choosing the right colors, shapes, and sizes that complement the outdoor surroundings you are about to accommodate. And no matter how you answer all of the above questions, the good news is that there are sure to be options that will fit your exact needs and people will be sitting down to enjoy your freshly designed space in no time.