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Balcony tables come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, and choosing the best one for you starts with determining what you will use the table for primarily, as well as how much space you have available on the balcony. Some balcony tables are exceptionally small to accommodate small balconies, and they may even mount on the balcony rail for even further space savings. Other tables are larger to accommodate dining with friends and family, though they will take up more space on the balcony. Start choosing your table by measuring the balcony carefully to find out how large or small of a unit you need.
If the balcony is an outdoor unit, you will need to consider balcony tables that are resistant to water damage from the elements, as well as sun damage from continued exposure to UV rays. The table's resistance will depend largely on the type of materials used to construct the table: wood, metal, and plastic are the three most common choices, each with distinct advantages and disadvantages. Certain woods such as teak or cedar are naturally resistant to water damage such as rot and cracking, as well as mold and mildew, and they are naturally beautiful woods for construction of balcony tables. They will be more expensive than other materials, however. Plastic is resistant to water damage as well, and it is lightweight and easy to clean. It can warp in direct sunlight, and it is not always the most stable choice, though.
For added space savings, some balcony tables mount to the balcony railing and fold downward when not in use. These tables usually have a lightweight metal frame and a plastic tabletop, and they are a good choice for lightweight use. They can be used to hold drinks, a laptop computer, or even a dinner plate, though the weight limit for such units is usually fairly low, and the stability of the unit can depend on how well it was installed.
Wrought iron balcony tables are small but exceptionally heavy. They are one of the most attractive table choices, and they often come in a kit with one or more wrought iron chairs. Wrought iron balcony tables are stable and will not blow over in a wind, but they will require some maintenance, as iron is susceptible to rusting. This type of table may need to be covered or taken inside during the winter months to prevent damage to the unit.
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