Picnic table plans

The term picnic table implies various metal tables with seats, which can be found most often in the parks, in the nature near by the tourist routes, in front of the gas stations, next to the highways, etc. The name itself suggests that this is a table for resting and lunch in the nature. The use of picnic tables has recently expanded, so that more and more picnic tables can be found in the gardens and backyards. The picnic tables represent park tables usually consisting out of the table with 4 or more seats around it. There are table variants with the access for a disabled person with wheelchair, where instead of one of the seats the table has adapted approach for people with wheelchairs.

Picnic table plans

As well as all park equipment, the picnic tables have to fulfill several criteria:
- They should be attractive to use and ergonomically designed
- They must be resistant to the weather elements
- Due to continuous and heavy use they should be simple and have solid construction
- They must be safe for use
- The price of maintaining should be as low as possible

Picnic tables are mainly made of metal, wood and recycled plastic. While in city parks there are mostly metal picnic tables, in the nature the picnic tables are usually made out of wood because metal picnic tables simply does not belong to the natural environment. This page of our website offers plans for metal picnic tables. If you prefer wood, our page Garden equipment contains plans for different types of wooden Seating sets and Picnic tables.


WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE PICNIC TABLE PLAN

Wheelchair accessible picnic table plan
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Wheelchair accessible picnic table plan (PDF, 14 Pages - 990Kb)
Wheelchair accessible picnic table plan - Parts list
Wheelchair accessible picnic table plan - Parts list
Wheelchair accessible picnic table plan - Assembly 2D drawing
Wheelchair accessible picnic table plan - Assembly 2D drawing


OUTDOOR FAMILY SEATING SET PLAN

Outdoor family seating set plan
Outdoor family seating set plan - Subassembly list
Outdoor family seating set plan - Subassembly list
Outdoor family seating set plan - Assmbly 2D drawing
Outdoor family seating set plan - Assmbly 2D drawing
Outdoor family seating set plan - Table subassembly parts list

Outdoor family seating set plan - Table subassembly parts list
Outdoor family seating set plan - Table subassembly 2D drawing
Outdoor family seating set plan - Table subassembly 2D drawing
Outdoor family seating set plan - Seat subassembly parts list

Outdoor family seating set plan - Seat subassembly parts list
Outdoor family seating set plan- Seat subassembly 2D drawing
Outdoor family seating set plan- Seat subassembly 2D drawing


Because they are durable and have simple construction, the picnic tables are used today not only outdoors, but they can be found in schools, cafeterias, community centers, dining halls...

Although picnic tables look simple, their manufacture is quite demanding. They have to be perfectly leveled, the top slats have to be flat, and they cannot rock. You should pay attention on these details.

Picnic tables have to withstand heavy use and diverse influence of the weather. Therefore, a special attention should be paid to the choice of wood quality, metal parts should be protected from rust and fasteners should be rust-resistant. The regular maintenance will significantly extend life of the picnic table. If you do not pay attention to these factors, your picnic table will last for a very short period of time.

From the other hand, if you take the construction and designing of picnic table seriously, it can last you for decades, with the minimal investment in the maintenance.

A great advance of the metal picnic tables compared to wooden or the recycled plastic tables is that they are much harder to damage, so they are suitable for places, where the park equipment is exposed to vandalism.  

Picnic tables are mostly round, oval, square or rectangular shape and usually have four or more seats, commonly up to eight.

Depending on the construction, picnic table can be portable or it can be fixed to the ground with some of the mounting options.More information about mounting options you can find on our page Outdoor structures mounting options (SOON).

If you are making picnic table for your own garden, we recommend you to choose some type of table that has all joints done by fasteners. The construction done by fasteners allows you to disassemble your picnic table during the winter and store it in some dry place, where it will be protected from the weather influence. Of course, choose the mounting option that allows this, in another words do not use in-ground mount and the surface mount using concrete spike. In addition, do not forget to protect anchors during the winter months; if they are not made from stainless steel, they will got rusted by the spring time and you will have trouble to mount the picnic table with them. If you do not have option to disassemble your picnic table, cover it with plastic or vinyl sheet during wet and cold months.  

In many parks, there are park grills or campfire rings next to the picnic tables. If this is not the case in your park, be very careful when making grill pit and please do not pollute nature with garbage.

Although the steel is recommended as a material for the picnic table manufacture, for its strength and resistance to vandalism, we recommend you aluminum or wood for the home use, because in that case, the construction will be lighter and suitable for relocation.

One of the things you should pay attention to are the edges of metal parts, which may be quite sharp. Round all sharp edges to avoid injury or tearing of close. From the same reason, replace ordinary hexagon nuts with hexagon cap nuts and bolts of optimal length.

During manufacture necessarily left narrow gaps between planks on the table and bench tops to allow drainage of rainwater.